Trip to Beijing

Trip Start Mar 17, 2006
Trip End Mar 31, 2006

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Sunday, March 19, 2006

We spent our first week in Beijing. The first full day (Sunday) we went to the Great Wall, the Summer Palace and to dinner with some MBA students from UIBE (University of International Business and Economics). The great wall is amazing! It is crazy how they built it & what a workout!!! The Summer Palace was also very neat- the architecture is unbelievable. The Chinese students- so many stories- they are very interested in the US, education and worried about if they are speaking good English- their English is probably better than mine!!
The second day we went to UIBE in the morning for a lecture by a Chinese Professor- very interesting. We had a enormous lunch and then off to the silk market- a seven story building full of knock offs, silk, clothes, bags, sporting goods- so much stuff for so cheap! That night we went to the Chinese acrobat show- very cool- I have no idea how they do that stuff!!
On Day three we went to Tinanmen Square and the Forbidden City- pretty neat! We went back to the silk market that afternoon to return and exchange some goods we got ripped off on and buy more!!
Day four we drove to a city called Tianjin- it is the major industrial and port area. It has more of a European and American style due to all of the foreigners! We visited the joint ventures of IBM and Smith Kline & Teva (Pharmaceuticals). This city is also known for its food and antiques, so of course we stayed for lunch and shopping afterward!
Day five we went to the BDA (Business and Development Area)- this is a gov't owned development area where many foreign High Tech companies start out. We had a couple of hours off after lunch, so I snuck out for a back massage- it was great! In the afternoon we went to visit the Cargill office- it was very interesting and educational!
Day six was our last full day in Beijing- we had a lecture in the morning done by a Chinese Professor who spoke about the economic state of China. He was an older gentleman who has experienced both the "old" and "new" China- he was very much for the economic reform and talked about the positive things it has created as well as the problems China faces today. Very interesting man! We went to the computer lab in the afternoon and tried to catch up on some school work. For dinner- Hard Rock Cafe in Beijing! We were all craving American food and we stayed after to listen to a band and have a couple of drinks!!!
Day Seven- Boarding the the flight to Xi'an- see the next entry!!!
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