HUANGSHU, China -- Although the University of Houston Men's Basketball team completed its 4-game schedule on its trip to China, that didn't mean the Cougars didn't go through a workout on Tuesday.
The Cougars enjoyed a tour of beautiful Yellow Mountain on Tuesday. Leaving their hotel in Tongling on Tuesday morning after a 79-76 win over the Qingdao Doublestars, the Cougars bused for several hours before reaching the Yellow Mountain.
After reaching the base and purchasing their tickets, the Cougars took a cable car partway up the mountain before disembarking and beginning their journey step-by-step (literally) to the top of the 6,115-foot mountain.
Along the way, the Cougars encountered local tour groups, individual residents tourning the mountain and a group of unlucky gentlemen who were carrying supplies in a pair of baskets across their shoulders to a hotel higher on the mountain. As difficult as the Cougars and their families may have thought they had it, it was nothing compared to what these men were doing.
The Yellow Mountain was named in honor of Huang Di (the Yellow Emperor), a legendary Chinese leader. The site, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site is well known for its scenery, tall Huangshan Pine trees, peculiarly shaped granite peaks and views of the clouds touching the mountainsides for more than 200 days out of the year. Tuesday was no exception with the clouds on the mountains.
As the team's tour guide, April, told them, if Houston fans have seen the movie Avatar and can remember what the planet Pandora looked like on the screen, they will have a very good idea of the beauty and majesty of Yellow Mountain.
After reaching the summit, April, the Cougars enjoyed a far easier walk about halfway down the mountain to a gondola system, which took the team back to the base.
From there, the team headed to their hotel, where they checked in and enjoyed a dinner with Chinese Basketball Association administrators.
Wednesday will be the Cougars' final full day in China. The team is scheduled to visit Xi Di Hong, a village built during the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127). Built in the shape of an ox, the village enjoys more than 900 years of history.
The Cougars return to Houston on the evening of Aug. 20 with the first day of classes set for Aug. 24.
|Friday, Aug. 14||Houston 93, Chinese Junior National Team 83 (in Hefei)|
|Saturday, Aug. 15||Qingdao Doublestars 77, Houston 66 (in Taihu)|
|Sunday, Aug. 16||Houston 74, Qingdao Doublestars 64 (in Taihe)|
|Monday, Aug. 17||Houston 79, Qingdao Doublestars 76 (in Tongling)|
|Tuesday, Aug. 18||Tour of Yellow Mountain & team activities|
|Wednesday, Aug. 19||Tour of Xi Di Hong Village & team activities|
|Thursday, Aug. 20||Return to Houston|
Please note that China Standard Time is 13 hours ahead of Central Daylight Time. When it is noon, Thursday, in Houston, it is 1 a.m., Friday in Anhui Province, China.
Season-ticket deposits for the 2015-16 University of Houston Men's Basketball season are now being taken, and fans are encouraged to place their deposits soon.
Reserved 1 season tickets will soon be available for $250 per seat for all 18 regular-season home games, while Reserved 2 season tickets will sell for $150 per seat. As an added benefit this season, fans who purchase Reserved 1 Men's Basketball season tickets will receive the same number of Houston Women's Basketball season tickets FREE.
For the first time in 2015-16, fans also can purchase $99 Anytime season tickets. With Anytime season tickets, With Anytime season tickets, fans will receive one ticket for each of the 18 regular-season home games.
From there, fans can use their Anytime season tickets any way they like. They can use one ticket for each home game or take 17 friends to one home game or any combination in between.
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ABOUT THE COUGARS
The Cougars return six lettermen and four starters from last year's team, which recorded 13 wins and knocked off defending national champion UConn inside Hofheinz Pavilion for the second consecutive year.
Battling injuries throughout the season, the Cougars enjoyed a late-season surge, winning four of their final five games, including the lone upset in the American Athletic Conference Championship First Round in Hartford, Conn.
Senior guard LeRon Barnes, the Cougars' lone 3-year letterwinners, returns after ranking among The American's top-10 leaders in both offensive and defensive rebounding, while senior forward Devonta Pollard enters the 2015-16 campaign as the Cougars' top returning scorer with 11.4 points per game.
Junior forward Danrad Knowles ranked third on the team in both scoring and rebounding, and senior guard L.J Rose looks for his third 100+ assist season while wearing the Scarlet and White.
Houston also welcomes the return of junior guard Ronnie Johnson and junior forward Bertrand Nkali to competition. Both players practiced with the Cougars but sat out the 2014-15 season after Johnson transferred from Purdue and Nkali missed the year with an injury.
The Cougars will be boosted by the addition of five newcomers to the team, including freshman guard Galen Robinson (Westbury Christian/Houston); sophomore guard Rob Gray, Jr. (Howard JC/Forest City, N.C.); junior guard Damyean Dotson (Oregon/Houston); junior forward Xavier Dupree (Paris JC/Houston) and junior center Kyle Meyer (Eastern Florida State College/Atlanta).
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