Dr. Chun
Beijing and Shanghai, China

April, 2014


With a group of professional and full-time MBA students, I went back to China for the third time in April, 2014.  Third time is a charm!  Being is the nation's political, economic, cultural, educational and international trade and communication center.  Our second stop, Shanghai, is a renowned international metropolis drawing more and more attention from all over the world.

013We took an early morning flight from New Orleans airport.

023Forbidden City was the imperial palace for twenty-four emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties.  How amazing to set foot in a place of this magnitude?

033Wangfujing street at night, which is one of the famous local night markets.  We ate a fried snake!

043Badaling is the site of the most visited section of the Great Wall of China. If you want to experience the culture and enjoy the beauty of the Great Wall, meandering along the bricks of the Badaling is your first choice.
053Temple of Sun (Ritan)Park in the early morning. Built as a worship place of emperors for the God of Sun, the park features serenity, simplicity and elegance in Beijing. 063One of the office visits was Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Beijing.
073Do you know who ate the eyeball of the monster fish? In China, there is a great variety of food to cater to even the fussiest eater. 083I spent the last night in Beijing at Qianmen Street.  It is a renewed pedestrian street which has many China's time-honored brands.

093Do you see L S U?  I am glad we had a great group of students for the trip. 103More office visits and plant tours, including Beijing Hyundai. It is joint-venture between Beijing Automotive Group and Hyundai Motor Company, producing Hyundai-branded automobiles for the Chinese market.
113We took a high-speed train from Beijing to Shanghai.  It was a super-fast, ultra-comfortable ride!

123After we checked into the hotel, we headed for Nanjing Road at night.  It is one of the world's busiest shopping streets.
133The Bund is a historic waterside promenade showcasing distinctive modern and colonial buildings. 143One of the plant tours was Baosteel Iron and Steel Company in the Pudong area.
153We expected a spectacular view of the city from Shanghai World Financial Center, but it was a foggy day. 163Shanghai Disney Resort is the first Disney park in mainland China and the second within the Greater China region, the other being the existing Hong Kong Disneyland.  The CFO is an LSU graduate!
173We took a Huangpu river cruise at night, which I think is one of the best ways to see both old and new Shanghai. 183Surrounding Yu Garden is the bazaar and surrounding the bazaar is a maze of old laneways and alleys where locals live.
193The Shanghai Museum, situated on the People's Saquare, is a museum of ancient Chinese art, situated on the People's Square.  It was my second visit, but I never got bored!

203I headed for Xintiandi (i.e., New World) alone in the rain, which is an affluent car-free shopping, eating, and entertaining district of Shanghai.  It has become an urban attraction that holds the historical and cultural legacies of the city.
213Why sad faces?  Because it is the last night in Shanghai.  We decided to go out and have fun with a bottle of "rat poison" at a Chinese restaurant. 223I visited Longhua Martyrs' Cemetery and Longhua Temple alone before we left for the airport in the afternoon.
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