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York Revolution mascot tours China with YSO

Members of the York Symphony Orchestra are traveling across China on a 14-city performing tour this month, and they've brought a special guest.

A plush toy version of the York Revolution's mascot, Downtown, has been accompanying the group on their trip since June 17. And YSO is documenting all the fun by taking photos of the toy at famous historical sites across the country.

So far, Downtown has been to the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, the Henan Performing Arts Center in Zhengzhou and the Great Wall of China.

Click through the gallery above to see photos from their trip or follow @yorksymphonies on Twitter and York Symphony Orchestra on Facebook to see more from their travels. They'll be using the hashtag #YorkersInChina.

The tour will wrap up on Sunday, July 10 in Yichun.

YSO Music Director Lawrence Golan and the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra, where Golan also serves as music director, were invited on the one-month tour by Beijing Poly Theatres, according to a news release. Golan then hand-selected YSO flautist and general manger Michael Reichman and violist Jody Greve to join them on the tour.

"We're incredibly honored to represent the York Symphony Orchestra internationally," Reichman said in the release.

"This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I never imagined I would experience," Greve added. "This entire adventure is a learning experience, and we're looking forward to bringing that experience back to Central Pennsylvania."

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