Updated: 02/11/2014 11:27 PM
Created: 02/11/2014 4:49 PM WDIO.com
By: Laurie Stribling
After just 10 days hosting a student from China, Denfeld sophomore Crystal Armstrong is hooked.
"This is one of the best experiences of my life," Armstrong said. "It's definitely helped me learn about myself and communicate with others. It's just really a worthwhile experience."
Armstrong is just one of many Northland families taking in the 30 Chinese students visiting from Dalian, China. They've been following kids to school for the past week, but Tuesday they got a tour of Duluth.
"This is great," Jiawei Zhang said.
"Everything is new," Xinru Yang said. "It's really different from China."
The first stop on the tour was the Depot in Duluth. Kevin Abrahamson helped organize the trip that included some walking in our Minnesota cold.
"I think the amount of snow has been a little bit of an eye opener for some of them," Abrahamson said.
The climate in Dalian is similar, but they said Duluth is much colder.
"Here is colder than my hometown," Xinru Yang said
"The weather it's very cold; I can not stand it," Jiawei Zhang said. "It's crazy."
Frigid weather and all, the group made it to the Great Lakes Aquarium.
"I think it's huge and there's many animals," Jeffery Wang said.
The tour Tuesday was just the tip of the iceberg as far as experience goes.
"I took a bunch of students to their first hockey game, which was really, really cool," Armstrong said.
Some of the students even tried our American-Chinese food.
"It's different from traditional Chinese food, but it's still good," Jiawei Zhang said.
While these Chinese students will take home many memories, our Minnesota nice is what they'll remember most.
"My host family, they are so friendly," Jeffery Wang said. "I love them."
Other stops included the Duluth City Hall and Grandma's Restaurant.
The Chinese students will leave Duluth for the Twin Cities on Friday. They'll go to the Capitol, Mall of America and the Science Museum. They fly out Saturday.
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