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Jeremy Lin ends Taiwan visit, heads to Guangzhou

2012/09/03 16:37:16

Taipei, Sept. 3 (CNA) NBA star Jeremy Lin left for Guangzhou in China's Guangdong Province Monday, ending a nine-day trip to Taiwan, his second visit to the island this summer.

Ahead of his departure from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Lin asked his fans not to wait at the airport because he was being fast tracked through customs and would be unable to bid them farewell.

The main focus of Lin's second trip to Taiwan was a four-day summer camp where he trained more than 100 young basketballers.

Besides coaching the camp, Lin's visit also included a three-on-three contest, a sponsor's event, a charity event for children in eastern Taiwan's Hualien County and a televised evangelical gathering.

Lin said that the highlight of his visit was the time he spent with children in Hualien.

"My favorite thing was when I got the chance to hang out with some kids in Hualien," the 24-year-old point guard said at a sponsor's event before leaving. "They were the cutest things I ever saw. It was awesome!"

Lin visited Taiwan in early August and returned Aug. 26, after going to China and Hong Kong for basketball promotional events and Christian gatherings.

Following his trip to Guangzhou, Lin will head back to the United States to prepare for the 2012-13 NBA season.

Since his meteoric rise early this year with the New York Knicks, Lin has attracted widespread attention and signed a three-year, US$25.1 million contract with the Houston Rockets in July after the Knicks failed to match the offer.

(By Lee Yu-cheng and Ann Chen)