Whitecliffe President Michele Whitecliffe and Dean of College Tommy Honey were invited by Mr Jin artist and faculty member of the Shanghai University to be guest speakers at the Beautiful Village Cartoon and Animation Festival and to participate in the Creative Development Forum in Yuhaun, China.
With the superb logistical and translation support from International Education Agent Portia Mao the Whitecliffe team travelled by a bullet train to Wenling, then a bus ride to Yuhuan and finally with a police escort they ventured into the countryside to the Beautiful Village opening ceremony. Crowds estimated to be around twenty thousand lined the roads and hills around the opening stage. The Party Secretary introduced our president Michele Whitecliffe who opened her speech with a few words in Chinese; she then delighted the crowd by speaking with passion about the connection between China and New Zealand. As one participant noted the speech definitely moved NZ/China relations forward.