Dr. Chun
Beijing, China

May, 2011

 

LSU offers a course that provides a foundation for doing business in China and also involves an immersive study trip to China to gain first-hand experience and knowledge of best business practices in a global economy. In May, 2011, I led a group of MBA students to China, an exciting adventure in Beijing, Xi'an, and Shanghai for two weeks. The first stop was Beijing, the capital city of China. It is Beijing's fascinating past that makes it such a captivating place to visit. For four days, we explored by metro, by taxi, and on foot various sites such as the Temple of Heaven, the Summer palace, the Forbidden City, and the Grade Wall at Mutianyu, which provided interesting glimpses into the great civilization's staggering historical wealth.



     
     
013Backstreets in Beijing: I got jet-lagged and woke up very early in the morning on Day 1. A stroll through the city's alleyways (hutongs) near the hotel by myself revealed the charm of old Beijing. 023Drum and Bell Towers: The one large and 24 smaller drums used to be beaten to mark the hours of the day.
 
033Jing Shan Park: The beautifully landscaped park was very serene and peaceful when I was there. The locals were exercising, dancing, and singing there. I climbed up to the top of the hill for a spectacular view of the Forbidden City.

043Wangfujing Street: The bustling shopping street was filled with department stores and giant malls. The Night Market is known for its endless variety of traditional Chinese snacks.
 
053Temple of Heaven: It was here that the emperor would make sacrifices and pray to heaven and his ancestors at the winter solstice for a year of rich harvest. We also enjoyed shopping at the nearby Pearl Market.
063Summer Palace: The hill and the lake served the Qing dynasty as an imperial retreat from the stifling summer confines of the Forbidden City. We walked around ancient pavilions, mansions, temples, and bridges, and also took a cruise on the lake.
 
073Tian'an Men Square: It was a vast open concrete expanse at the heart of modern Beijing. Mao's Mausoleum was at its focal point. (I almost got arrested by a security guard, who later took a picture with me.)
083Forbidden City: The symbolic center of the Chinese universe, the palace was the exclusive domain of the imperial court and dignitaries. The walk was long and arduous with hordes of tourists with us, but we enjoyed every aspect of the Forbidden City.

 
093Great Wall of China: A symbol of China's historic detachment and sense of vulnerability, it snakes through the countryside over deserts, hills, and plains for several thousand miles. The climb was steep in many places, but the feeling of accomplishment at climbing to the top is something I will cherish for the rest of my life!

103Fun in Beijing: I really had a lot of fun traveling with the well-disciplined and fun-loving MBA students. I only wish I could have taken more pictures of them...
 
113Street Food in Beijing: Tell me what you eat, and I'll tell you who you are. What I ate - and not ate - on the street. 123Restaurants in Beijing: We enjoyed slender wheat noodles, jiaozi dumplings, and Peking duck while in Beijing.
 
133Office visits and plant tours I: Hard play and no work? We also participated in many site visits and presentations by practitioners and scholars that cover various topics relevant to doing business in China. 143Office visits and plant tours II: One of my favorite plant tours was Beijing Hyundai Motors. (When I was in college in Korea, I once received a scholarship from the founder of Hyundai conglomerate.)
 
     
 
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