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On October 6, 1998 I took a short trip to Beijing, where I spent a few days with the hosts of the Tenth International Unicycling Championships (Unicon X), to be held in Beijing in the year 2000. The China Unicycle Association, which is an official organization of the Chinese government, will host the event at what is perhaps the most prestigious sports facility in China -- the National Olympic Sports Center, where the Asian Games and other major international sports events have been held.

In a nutshell, my trip was very successful. The aim of this page is to describe the information I gathered and to present pictures of the facilities.

My hosts were extremely gracious, and took care of my every need. They made a car, driver and interpreter/secretary available to me (though I speak Chinese rather fluently), and, to put it , mildly, wined and dined me like a king. A picture is worth a 1000 words, so have a look.

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I asked CUA Vice Chairman Zhang Shuxiao, "Why are you treating me like a king?"  The answer was quite shocking but made me feel good. He said:

"In Chinese we have an ancient proverb:"

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This is pronounced "yin sui si yuan", literally "drink water remember source." He went on to explain about the thirsty man who will not forget the well from which he drank. That is, he will always be grateful to the source.

"And in this way," he went on, "we will never forget the source of unicycling in China. It is you, when you helped us organize the Great Wall Unicycle Marathon in 1993, which marks the beginning of the sport of unicycling in China."

Wow! I felt very proud and honored to be thanked in this way. This made me even more committed to helping the CUA succeed in organizing a great Unicon X, as well as continue popularizing unicycling in China.

After the meal in the above picture, we sat down for some serious talking.  We  carefully went over every point of the questions and guidelines that John Foss drew up, and basically they agreed to all our suggestions. The answers to many of John's questions will become clear as you read this website.

I will quickly cover here some of the issues John raised not covered in other parts of this website.

  1. Air Tickets: These will be real cheap thanks to the cooperation of the Chinese government and China International Sports Travel Association (CIST). At this point it seems like the prose will be less than US$800.

  2. Special Event: CUA Vice Chairman Zhang Shuxiao (surname first) told me, in response to John's joking suggestion that we have a public show or event in Tiananmen Square, that he will make it happen. I kept on saying that this is incredible, and he kept on reassuring me that it could be done. This is an official government event and the CUA has the power to carry it off.

  3. Communication: John Foss stressed the importance of good communication. Well, the CIST headquarters has an English-speaking secretary/translator called Zhao Yang (Charles Zhao in English), and he is available by email at sportstravel@263.net, and will (has?) subscribe to iuf-discuss.  All email will promptly be translated and shown to the appropriate CUA director.

  4. Unicycling Terminology: Charles Zhao will be working with me on updating and greatly expanding the Chinese unicycling database I started working no a few years ago. This is very important to ensure smooth communication. Since I am an experienced kanji lexicographer, this work should proceed smoothly.

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