Dr. Chun
Beijing and Shanghai, China

October, 2013

 

I led a group of executive MBA students and their spouses to Beijing and Shanghai.  Beijing, the ancient capital, mixes modern architecture with historic sites. Shanghai is a skyscraper-studded global financial center.  It was my second visit to those cities.



     
     
013Overnight flight from Chicago to Beijing.

023The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty. It is located in the center of Beijing, and now houses the Palace Museum.
 
033Chinese restaurants and cuisine we enjoyed during the trip.  Chinese cuisine has a very high reputation worldwide and represents the magnificent culture of the nation's almost  5000-year-old glorious history. 043Peking duck is a famous duck dish from Beijing that has been prepared since the imperial era.
 
053This is how we climbed up the Mutianyu Great Wall. The cable car is installed in this section, and you can also experience thrills by taking a sled down from the high mountain.
063The Great Wall of China was built to protect the Chinese states and empires against the raids and invasions of the various countries.
 
073Several students were sick with some sort of respiratory virus.  Luckily, an American hostipal in Beijing was on our visiting list. 083My wife and I went to Wangfujing street at night, which is one of the famous local snack streets. You can enjoy the delicious Chinese food not only in superior restaurants, but also in ordinary eateries that are much cheaper but still serve delicious dishes.
 
093One of the luxury cars we saw on the Beijing street, but I forgot bringing my check book!  As the Chinese economy continues to show its strength, you will see more and more eye-waterlingly expensive cars on the street. 103Summer Palace is a lakefront palace renowned for its ornate temples and artworks plus its lavishly landscaped grounds.
 
113One of the office visits and plant tours during the trip.  We gained first-hand experience and knowledge of best business practices in China. 123Be prepared! She is giving us a brief introduction about the company we are about to visit.
 
133Tiananmen Square is a large city square in the center of Beijing, named after the Tiananmen gate (Gate of Heavenly Peace) located to its North.

143We took a high-speed train from Beijing to Shanghai.  You can enjoy a bite to eat in a dining car or in your comfortable seat.
 
153We arrived at Shanghai Hongqiao railway station and stayed at Radisson Blue hotel.  I found many beautiful jade sculptures at the hotel lobby. 163From the hotel, we walked along Nanjing Road at night. Here, you could purchase everything, spanning from cheap souvenirs to luxurious world famous brands.
 
173Set amid skyscrapers, People's Park offers landscaped lawns and wooded areas, plus a pond and cafe. 183"Skywalk 100" at Shanghai World Financial Center is a glass corridor observatory which provides breathtaking vies of the Huang Pu River and downtown Shanghai below.
 
193This must be the largest restaurant I have ever seen. We had a quick lunch here. 203Yu Garden features Ming Dynasty pavilions, ponds, rockeries, and arched bridges. The garden has six areas, each with its own style.
 
213Our last night in Shanghai, and we had a drink at the sky lounge of the hotel. A female jazz singer sang a song, "What a Beautiful World" for us.

223Next morning, we left Pudong Airport, after falling in love with the captivating city and its friendly people.
 
     
 
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