China · 20 Days · 58 Moments · June 2017

Grace's China Journi


24 June 2017

JourniDay20:#1DMM (Part 1) Tourism is one of the fastest growing industries which united the whole world in a village and contributed a lot to the world economy.Perception about a destination is called brand image of a tourist destination. Otherwise, brand image is the current view of the customer about a brand and a unique bundle of belief.The brand image of a city is very substantial when being recognize by tourist. Each city must have a good branding image that will make them different and unique.The five cities we went to were Beijing, Xi'an, Hangzhou, Suzhou, and Shanghai. Each had their own types of branding images.When I think of Beijing, the brand images that come to my mind are the Great Wall, loud, aggressive locals,and busy streets. The colors I think of are brown, tan, creme white, and gold. When I think of Xi'an, the brand images that come to my mind are the Terracotta Warriors, bicycles, and the Muslim Street. The colors I think of are grey, red, white, and purple.
JourniDay20:#1DMM (Part 2) When I think of Hangzhou, the brand images that come to my mind are peace, rain, canals, boats, and nice locals. Hangzhou has a very calm feeling to the city. The colors I think of are blue, pink, green, and misty grey. When I think of Suzhou, the brand images that come to my mind are boats, lakes, silk, and gardens. The colors I think of are green and brown. Lastly, when I think of Shanghai, the brand images that come to my mind are modern buildings, busy streets, loud noise, the Pearl Tower, and Jeff. Shanghai's color, to me, is multicolored because there is so many things going on within this city. At the end, each city was very different and my favorite city was Hangzhou. I loved the peaceful and rainy feeling of the city. If I come back to China, Hangzhou will be my first choice.

23 June 2017

JourniDay20#2C&C (Part 1) Today was a very fun and eventful day. I got my nails done today and explored the city of Shanghai. The appreciation of Chinese food we consumed through the course of this trip was never fully shown. So I want to say thank you in advance to Dr. Mejia and Dr. Wei Wei for everything. However, due to us eating so much Chinese food for the last three weeks, I really desired American food. So today me and a couple of the girls went to Pizza Hut. I originally didn't want to eat Pizza Hut, but I got persuaded into doing so and I'm quite glad I did. First of all, Pizza Hut in China is very different from America. I don't think you can get a seafood pizza with octopus, squid, and cuttlefish in America. So I was looking to order that but my mind quickly changed because I just wanted to taste something that would be more American food. So I ordered a Hawaiian pizza. Normally,I don't order Hawaiian pizza because I don't like it.
JourniDay20:#2C&C (Part 2) But when I started to eat the pizza, it reminded me of my dad. My dad's favorite pizza is Hawaiian. So I guess unconsciously knowing, I ordered the Hawaiian pizza because it reminded me of my family. After, I ate the pizza I felt great and energized. The pizza was also really good and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I know when I go back to the states from now on I'm going to eat Hawaiian pizza.
JourniDay19#1DMM Tourism in China has greatly expanded over the last few decades since the beginning of reform and opening. The emergence of a newly rich middle class and an easing of restrictions on movement by the Chinese authorities are both fueling this travel boom. China has become one of the world's most watched and hottest inbound and outbound tourist markets. In the lecture today, we learned that the East and Westside of China have different destination marketing. The east side of China is highly urbanized, highly industrialized, much more prosperous, and the economic powerhouse of China. The destination marketing they use to attract tourist is by displaying preservation of old artifacts, temples, and sprawling palaces. The westside of China is more rural, agrarian, and less populated. The destination marketing they use to attract tourist is by showing beautiful gardens, lakes, canals, and pagodas. The side I liked the most was the west side. It was very peaceful and relaxing.
JourniDay19#2C&C Tourism's responsibility to local culture in Chinese context is to keep sustainability and preservation of traditional values.Sustainability in an economic development has for sometime been recognized by the resource industries.It is the necessity to pace extraction or renew resources so that the local economy is sustainable over the long term.A broadened principle of sustainability recognizes the importance of the functional sustainability of public infrastructure,the physical sustainability of the built environment,and the cultural sustainability of local traditions,customs, and skills.Tourism responsibility to traditional values is very important.Tourist can know the difference in each city culture through tourism.One city may have a set of views different from the other.It is very important that the local community has an economic strategy plan for future tourism.The tourism and locals need to work hand and hand to create an experience focused on their own culture.

22 June 2017

JourniDay18:#1DMM (Part 1) Stakeholders like tour guides need to make sure they teach their tourism group the value of preservation of artifacts. People need to know the do's and don'ts etiquette from different countries culture so they can be fully prepared. For example, our professors coordinated an open panel group with Chinese students to let us interact and discuss rules and regulation for China. If people are fully aware and be more considerate on learning more about ones culture than people will truly know the value of old artifacts. Also, tourism destinations like museums need to have better security and big signs to keep people behavior in control. At the Shanghai Oriental Pearl Museuem Tower,it had signs that said do not touch artifacts they're fragile but they did not have a lot of security in the exhibit to enforce the rules. Stakeholders need to set up a pre-trip awareness for future tour guide groups so people know what is acceptable in different societies.
JourniDay18:#1DMM (Part 2) People's negative behavior can deter a person perspective in a tourism destination. So we all have to be consciously aware of our actions when visiting another city or country.
JourniDay18:#2C&C The "ping pong" diplomacy was a huge milestone in the Chinese and American history. It all started from the significant interaction between an American tennis player named Glenn Cowan and a Chinese tennis player named Zhang Zedong.The Chinese team was ordered not to talk to the Americans, but due to Zedong brave act to approached Cowan changed the relationship between America and China forever. Zedong approached Cowan and gave him a gift of silk and Cowan returned the gesture the following day by giving Zedong a Beatle's t-shirt. Cowan, not knowing Chinese culture of gift giving, impacted the Chinese people greatly when they seen him graciously give a gift to Zedong. Through both actions of two different strangers,China and America built a strong bond. Chairman Mao then allowed the Americans to explore China all expenses paid and President Nixon became the first American president to travel to Chinese mainland.This one little act made a difference between two nations.

21 June 2017

JourniDay17:#1DMM When we first enter the city of Shanghai I was a little bit disappointed. From all the hype from friends, family, local people and pictures I thought the city would look more futuristic. Like a whole new world with a bubble dome,The Jetson type of feel, but I was wrong. There are,however, nice beautiful tall modernized buildings that make the city very distinct. Especially, the Shanghai Oriental Pearl Tower that we went to today. It had a futuristic theme to it and I loved every part of it. Also,the apartment buildings looked very upscale with high levels for occupancy. I know this is the first day so I am not going to judge this city as a negative. The city so far has a NewYork City vibe so that's maybe why I'm not in awe of the buildings. I also have to put in consideration to look from a Chinese person point of view because they most likely never seen extraordinary buildings like I have in the United States. Hopefully, my perspective change by the end of this trip.
JourniDay17:#2C&C Suzhou and Shanghai have a unique historical bond. Suzhou and Shanghai work hand and hand with one another and created a dynamic duo between the two. Suzhou was more educated and industrialized. While Shanghai, become the financial center of China. Before Shanghai was a metropolitan city, they were a little village. Suzhou was the first metropolitan city in China. When the British and China was in the Opian war China lost. They then had to sign a treaty so that British can import goods in China. They then place the import station in Shanghai and that's when Shanghai became a metropolitan city. From there Suzhou was known for creating silk. So local people from Suzhou would import silk in Shanghai and work there to get paid more for their high education. Also, they would still live in Suzhou because of the low cost of living there. So people from Shanghai would live in Suzhou and drive 2 hours to work in Shanghai. This created a close relationship between the cities.

20 June 2017

JourniDay16:#1DMM Just like Hangzhou, Suzhou is a calm and peaceful place. You can tell that the people in Suzhou really care about green life and nature. The first place we visited was the Humble Administrators Garden. Looking around the whole garden the first thought I had was wow this is somebody's house. But when I really started to soak everything in I realized that people in Suzhou really appreciate natural aesthetic things. Instead of buying materialistic things, they utilized the earth and organic things to make their homes and art pieces. The whole city had a very natural green feeling to it. However, it did rain a lot but the wet, humid air is what brought Suzhou to life. The rain wasn't pouring hard, but had a quiet peaceful drizzling characteristic to it. It was like time stopped for a second and when you look around you can see the beauty of the city and it's people. Sometimes I'm so caught up on being in rush mode that I never get to stop and look around my surroundings.

19 June 2017

JourniDay15:#1DMM (Part 1) Tourism has made a big impact on China. The economic thrives off of tourism from locals and foreigners. When travelers from all around the world go to China, the government and businesses gain a lot of revenue from the inflow of cash. This then allows businesses to renovate or preserve their business so that more tourist can be able to visit their place. Also, local vendors thrive off of tourism. For example, normally on Sundays vendors and businesses close early. However, when the locals seen us coming they kept their businesses open so that we can be able to shop their stores. Just as they were appreciated that we came to their shop, we were appreciated that they kept it open for us. Just as Dr. Mejia said the money they earn from their stores helps put food on the table for their families, keep their kids in school, and helps their business to grow. So I am glad I was apart of helping a family receive some income from my purchase.
JourniDay15:#1DMM (Part 2) Like I always say, it is better to give than to receive so I am glad I gave them my time and money so that they can have a better life.
JourniDay15:#2C&C As a young child, the way I would relax is dance. I would put on slow pace music and release all my stress through my movements. I feel like as an American, the way we relax is so different from Chinese people. To me, I feel like when Chinese people relax they relax in a spiritual way. When I say this I mean, they look at nature and really reflect on peace and life. It seems to me they really show appreciation to the environment like the trees and take time to reflect on the beauty of life. We as Americans, are so used to fast pace that we really don't value the beauty of nature. We either relax by watching tv, reading indoors, or drinking with friends. But to actually sit outside and drink tea enjoying the world around me made a huge difference. You begin to experience peace and tranquility like never before. I treasure the nature and natural surroundings more than I ever did before. The world is beautiful and now I see that. My perspective on the world has changed.

18 June 2017

JourniDay14:#1DMM Wuzhen was a wonderful attraction I experienced today. There were so many tangible products like souvenirs, gift shops, food,and museums. When riding on the boat, I can feel the happiness, warmth, and peacefulness from the city. You can tell that locals and foreigners were very moved by this 300 year old city. The intangible products that enhanced my experience was the puppet show. Even though I could see the puppets, I didn't get to see the people behind the scene. Just the hard work each puppeteer put into the performance made the experience so much better. I didn't get to see how they prepared for the show or how they felt when performing, but I can tell that they put a lot of time and effort into the show. Just sitting there watching the show wondering how the puppeteers felt when doing the show made the whole experience greater. To not be able to know what was going on behind the scene made this experience intangible to me. Wuzhen was very unique and memorable.
JourniDay14:#2C&C (Part 1) The three universities we visited was a great experience that I will never forget. Long term orientation in China is used very effortlessly. When I say this I mean that they use long term orientation so much that it's just common among their people. For instance, at the Xi'an University I got to meet a lovely girl name Olivia. At first, she was very guarded but when we started talking more she became comfortable. She then started asking me about my personal life and what I like to do. I definitely wasn't use to somebody who I just met that became so interested in me and my life. I can tell she wanted to make a long term connections that would last a long time. At the end, we took pictures together and she asked for my WeChat. This surprised me because I'm so used to going to work and when a new person comes in I never try to get to know them. But it's a deeper root that sets when you actually get to know somebody.
JourniDay14:#2C&C (Part 2) For example, I did not know anyone on this Study Abroad trip. I didn't think I would even talk to anybody when this Study Abroad was over. However, when I was ready to finally open myself up to new people my whole perspective changed. Now I have lasting friendships that I will never forget.

17 June 2017

JourniDay13:#1DMM Smart hotels in my opinion could be a good thing or a bad thing. For one, it could make life a little easier for the hotel workers and the guest because the smart hotel will know the guest wants and needs. Guests will also be able to set their temperatures and settings in the hotel long distance. However, it could be a bad thing because it can overstep privacy boundaries. Also, technology is really tricky. There are so many ways it can go disastrously wrong. For example, what if the smart locks just automatically shuts down and a guest is locked in their room or the power box shuts off. It's just so many endless possibilities that can go wrong and that's what really scares me. We can also lose old cultural values that each hotel are known for. If, we as people, continue to advance everything with robotic technology we will definitely lose that personal connection with people who work there. Also, the guest service will become nonexistent with guests and hotel workers.
JourniDay13:#2C&C (Part 1) The Chinese culture measures high on the “power distance” scale compared to the United States. High power distance means conformity to hierarchy and authority while low power distance equates to the belief that power should be distributed evenly. Even though this tradition has been engrained into the mentality of the older generation, I have seen that the culture of the younger generation is gradually migrating toward a westernized society. Fortunately, we can still see Power Distance displayed throughout China in the hospitality industry. The ranking of a high superior in China is very important. For example, yesterday when I seen a couple of Chinese men meet Dr. Mejia they shook her hands with two hands and bowed. This showed that Dr. Mejia was ranked high in power and they individually showed her honor and respect. I was shocked because in old traditional Chinese culture a man never bowed down to a woman. It is normally the woman who bows down to a man.
JourniDay13:#2 C&C (Part 2) However, through their action, this showed that Chinese culture is evolving and people are slowly becoming more equal. Another example, is when we take group photos. All the high profile deans and professors who are very important always sit down in the front and the students stand up behind them. I remember seeing many pictures and paintings of emperors sitting down while everyone else stood up to show respect. This then let me know that people who are of higher ranking sit down in Chinese culture and those who are less equal stand up in educational institutions pictures.

15 June 2017

JourniDay12:#1DMM In recent years, destination marketing is more and more significant in China’s tourism market as retail sales continue to grow along with a boom in domestic and international tourism. I have seen that the development of tourism market combines with shopping, hotels, F&B, events, and entertainment. In every city, China does a great job with promoting attractions not only for their own city, but for other cities as well. For example, when we went to the Terracotta warriors museum they had magnets that represented the city of Xi'an and other cities like Beijing in China. I also like how our tour guides would promote other cities to visit while in China. For example, when our tour guides tell us the history about emperors and how they visit different cities it makes you feel like you are apart of a game. In order to find out all about the history of one emperor, you must visit other cities to find all the clues about them.This really makes the trip more exciting in China.
Journi Day12:#2C&C (Part 1) China is well known for keeping their old traditions alive. Hangzhou is a city that seems eternal for preserving its ancient heritage, but it is manifestly modern in its economic and social development. Instead of quaint narrow streets and bicycles, it has massive boulevards just crammed with cars. There are also people riding mopeds and bicycles, all manner of vehicles, and people crisscrossing. Through China's 5,000 years of human habitation, Hangzhou, a city on China’s southeastern coast, has been called many things like Xifu, Li’An, and Kinsay. Even though Hangzhou advanced to being more modern, there are still traditional aesthetics in the city that keeps old Chinese culture alive. For example, the West Lake has many modern stores, but display old traditional shows and attractions around the lake. They do shows to show the history of China, by dressing in historical costumes. However, they modernized the show by utilizing advance technology.
Journi Day12:#2 C&C (Part 2) Another example would be The Traditional Chinese Museum. Hangzhou did a good job with preserving the originally pharmacy building. They also added modern elements by fixing the glass roof and adding bathrooms for tourists. Hangzhou is a wonderful city that is advancing to be a great tourist destination.
Journi Day11:#1DMM (Part 1) I experienced many technological products in China which enhanced my destination very much. In Beijing I experienced technology across my tourism products when watching the Kung Fu Show. The Kung Fu Show was like a 3D/ live show. It was cool to see all the dynamics come together and the holograms come to life with the real performers on stage. The second way I experienced technology across my tourism products was in Xi'an. At the Tang Dynasty Empress show, they showed unique ways of incorporating theatrical singing and dancing with holographic colorful landscape background projections. I love how the whole theme was displayed throughout the restaurant. The servers, the actors, and even the bathroom attendant made you feel like you was apart of the show. I really felt like I was an empress throughout the whole performance. The last way I experienced technology across the tourism product was in Hangzhou. The fan museum in Hangzhou was very nice.
Journi Day11:#1DMM (Part 2) I like how they had virtual simulators. The virtual simulator allowed you to virtually walk around in an old city and find out different things about fans by clicking on different objects. Also, they had a beautiful movie room that displayed hundreds of real fans inside the screen once the movie was over. I thought that was real cool cause it was like seeing fan history through a timeline.

14 June 2017

Journi Day11:#2 C&C Today, Bing taught us many social beliefs throughout Chinese culture. The superstitions and taboos he taught us were very unique and different from any other country. The first superstition he told us was about fans. He said that local Chinese people do not give their family or friends fans as gifts. To give someone a fan as a gift means separation and goodbye. Basically, if you give someone a fan you're saying goodbye to them forever because you'll never see them again. When I heard this I was shocked because I love buying fans and giving them out as gifts. I guess that's why so many vendors sell fans to foreigners. The second superstition he told us was about chopsticks. In Chinese culture, if you stick up chopsticks in rice it looks like incense in a burial ground. So the chopsticks represent death. The last superstition he told us was about clocks and watches. Watches or time pieces are avoided because they symbolise time is running out or end of relationship.
Journi Day10:#1DMM When I first seen Hangzhou, I was thinking "Wow this looks more modernized than the first two cities we were in". Beijing, to me, had a very traditionally old style. There wasn't a lot of modern buildings and the architecture building designs was from centuries ago. They use the same architecture design because it is one key measure to promote conservation and restoration of traditional architecture in the historical heart of the city. Xi'an was definitely more modernized then Beijing. It also had its own style from Beijing. For example, they had their own City Wall and was the only city to have Terracotta warriors. The locals were even nicer and the food display and tables were fancier than Beijing. Hangzhou is my favorite city so far. When entering the city, I could feel a more peaceful feeling. Even though it rains a lot over here, it's still a must see city. Also, I love how they are architecturally advancing to become a tourist destination. They're very modern.
Journi Day 10:#2 C&C Beijing and Xi'an cuisine styles were very different. When we were in Beijing, we experienced more local style cuisines. Eating at the restaurants in Beijing, I felt like I was sitting at home at the family dinning room table. Beijing had a lot more meats with, sometimes, only one side of vegetables. The majority of the time we served ourselves and had to buy our own drinks. Also, each meat was smothered so heavily in sauce. Xi'an was much more classier. They had fancier dining ware, glasses, and plates. They also served more noodles and dumplings based entrees. Also, the meats had less sauce. When being served, the servers were more attentive to our needs. They placed napkins on our laps, filled our glasses, and even served us food on our own plates. Also, we did not have to pay for extra drinks like water bottles. I definitely liked it when we was at the recreation retreat center they gave us three types of drinks to choose from. Both cities were very unique.

13 June 2017

Journi Day 9:#1 DMM (Part 1) The Muslim Street is a must see because it is very unique. It's not an ordinary street market, but includes a mosque. The mosque was made not just for domestic people, but also international. It was made for people who would like to come and pray to there God. Basically, I feel like this place was made to unit all diverse cultures into one place and be able to pray together. So after the pray they could fellowship through the streets by eating, shopping, and sharing one's culture. To me it's kind of like a Sunday morning at church. All the congregation meet at one place to pray and worship God and then after church we usually go out to eat with one another and fellowship. I see Muslim Street as being the same thing. I believe people must see Muslim Street because it's meant to bring people from all nationalities around the world together like the Silk Road. Also, I loved how they had different kinds of foods and shops.
Journi Day 9:#1 DMM (Part 2) It seemed like people were more humble too cause they was bargaining with us soo cheap. I guess it's cause we was on a spiritual ground and everybody was at peace. At the end, I love seeing one cultural religion so strongly used from centuries ago in one place. I don't think there has ever been a street made for Muslims like Muslim Street in China.

12 June 2017

Journi Day 9: #2 C&C (Part 1) My cross cultural exchange was with a wonderful girl name Olivia. She told me she is going to school for hospitality management. However, that was not her first choice. She told me that her first choice was English literature, but due to having a low score on the test she ranked on the MICE test they take during high school she couldn't follow her dreams. I learned that when they take the placement test in high school it has different subjects like Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and etc. She told me each subject is worth 150 points. I asked her if it is easy to get into hospitality schools, but she said no you have to have a high ranking. Another cultural difference I learned is that they have a "holiday" once a year. The holiday is from July 10th to Sept. 1st. This is kind of like a "summer break" they get from school. During this time period, they are free to do whatever they want like travel and don't have to worry about school.
Journi Day 9: #2 C&C (Part 2) The last cultural difference I learned is once they are Juniors they start to work at a hotel like an internship. She told me that they either stay there to work permanently when they become seniors or try to find another hotel job. I found this very interesting and the cultural exchange very different. One thing I'm going to take back from this is every country is different when it comes to education. I'm glad American schools are more flexible. I hope maybe one day other countries can be the same too.

11 June 2017

Journi Day 8:#1 DMM The most memorable experience in Xi'an is the city itself. Xi'an is a beautiful city. Even though Xi'an does not have alot of attractions, they make up for it by what they do have. The tourism products that brought the city to life were the locals, the attractions, the tour guides, the vendors, and even the landscapers. Looking around and seeing the different elements in Xi'an from Beijing made a big impression on me. I like how the city was really clean and how it was brought to life by beautiful lights at night. I never heard of the city Xi'an before, but after visiting here I couldn't imagine being anywhere else right now. I also loved the dinner show we went to. From the wonderful tourist products like the servers nicely setting our napkins on our laps to the bathroom lady handing me a fresh paper towel to dry my hands really brought the whole tourist destination to life. Also, the show was amazing and I loved every part of it. I'm so glad I got to visit Xi'an.
Journi Day 8:#2C&C The most culturally challenge for me in China is the public bathrooms. The squatting toilet is something I have never experienced before. In America, we are used to sitting toilets and toiletries in each bathroom. China, however, you have to bring your own necessities and be able to squat. Its not hard to squat, but when you're not use to doing it all the time you can easily get self conscious. Especially, when your mentally stressing out over not peeing on your clothes everytime you squat. Fortunately, I am working through it by just embracing the squatty potty. I plan on to continue to use it because I know that this is a cultural experience I may never have again. Also, with the help of my peers being there and also using the squatty potty makes me feel a whole lot better. I know that I'm not going through the struggle alone. I like how we encourage one another everyday. Also, I love how we help each other out by bringing hand soap and toiletries for one another.

10 June 2017

Journi Day 7: #1 DMM (Part 1) Chinese hospitality is one of the best hospitality industry I've seen so far. One thing we learn in hospitality school is to go above and beyond for your guest and Chinese people really use that method. Chinese people display many characteristics that make each hospitality place unique and special. For one, I've notice every hospitality place we went to all the Chinese workers were in identical uniforms. You may think, well we have that in America so what makes China different? What makes China different is the Chinese women that work there always have their hair in a bun with a decorative flower pin or bow in their hair. So they really "set the stage" as what we would say at Universal Studios to bring the theme and the culture to life. Second characteristic is Chinese hospitality is very traditional. I've noticed that Chinese people in the hospitality industry love to go my traditional ways which speaks volume.
Journi Day 7: #1 DMM (Part 2) Instead of removing old traditions they enhance it to make it more accessible to new people. For example, when China hosted the 2008 Olympics they enhance their structure with more western modernization, but kept their traditional culture like adding jade to the metals of the olympians. Last characteristic is their gift giving. I see Chinese people love giving gifts in the hospitality industry. They are also very grateful when receiving gifts. For example, I gave Nikki an apple I had. I didn't really think anything of it cause it was just a plain apple. But to her, it meant more than anything. She was so grateful that I gave her that apple. Then I realized that things that may seem small to me like an apple may be huge to someone like Nikki. So this really showed the cultural difference between America and China.
Journi Day 7: #2 C&C (Part 1) First thing I want to say is Xi'an is a beautiful place. Walking around seeing all the Terracotta Warriors and being able to share my experience with my family on FaceTime was unbelievable! Throughout my journey today, I believe we as a group gave many faces today. One way we gave face was by showing our amazement and respecting the Terracotta Warriors. By this action, we showed Chinese people that we really honored their culture. The second way we gave face by when Mr. Quin gave a toast we all stood up with our glasses below his to show honor. We gave our attention to him and when it came time to eat we all took our time to really cherish each food item. By cherishing the food, I really got to taste every flavor and experience the culture in a way I never experienced before. The food tasted so much better because I made the most of my time there.
Journi Day 7: #2 C&C (Part 2) The last way we gave face was when meeting Mr. Qin. I really felt that connection with Mr. Qin when I shook his hands. When I looked him in the eye, I don't know if anybody else felt this, but I felt like he valued the way I honored him as my host. It's like time stopped. I felt balanced like a ying and yang type of spirit had intertwine our handshake. I felt acceptance which kind of changed my whole perspective on how I greet people from now on. Normally when I greet people I quickly shake their hands. But today I stood there and gave a genuine handshake. I really wanted him to know I was appreciative for him allowing me to come and witness an amazing retreat recreation center. The gesture and the whole atmosphere felt totally different. So I'm glad I learned today about the "give face" culture. I'm definitely going to use it in the future.
Journi Day 6: #2 C&C The Chinese culture measures very high on the collectivism scale along compared to most western cultures. I have noticed that Chinese people, in general, are a collective society that strives for harmony and group belonging, whether to family, friends, work, or country. For example, I noticed that everytime we went to a different attraction, Nikki wanted to take many group pictures. At first I was thinking why are we taking so many groups pictures. But I quickly realized that Nikki loved the collectivism harmony of the group and how we worked together as a team rather than as individuals. Second, Chinese people accept the idea that individuals should sacrifice for the benefit of the group. For example, Chinese people are willing to travel chaotic on the road in groups. As a result, people drive everywhere on the road and sidewalk. Lastly, locals work together and share property in their community. For example, the local artist shares a house with his neighbors.

9 June 2017

Journi Day #6: #1 DMM (Part 1) China's tourism industry has grown at a fast pace since the country began free market-style economic reforms three decades ago. For a destination like Beijing which is one of the largest cities that many foreigners have not been to, and with the interest in China, you would expect above average growth rates. However, one thing that makes growth rates go down is unsophisticated marketing. Instead of being able to use Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as a way to promote their city to foreign tourists, they rely heavily on trade shows and magazine advertising. With the western tourists being more heavily into social media, it would be wise if Beijing updated to social media as a way to promote their city to western foreigners. Second thing Beijing need to approve on is their local people being more conscious of personal space. I love my personal space and so do a lot of other Westerners.
Journi Day 6: #1 DMM (Part 2) So when I first thought of China, I thought all people were conservative and cared about space too. I was totally wrong!! They invade your space, do things without asking, cut you in line, and can be very rude sometimes. This may deterrent a westerner from going back to Beijing. I felt so uncomfortable in Beijing around their locals cause I really felt like they didn't respect my space. The third thing Beijing need to improve on is hygiene. I do not like the fact that I have to scurry around just to find soap in the bathrooms. It really sucks that I have to bring my own hand sanitizer. If Beijing picked up on westerners idea with toiletries and soap in public bathrooms then I think the people and their city will be a lot more cleaner. Cause sometimes I just felt really nasty about the whole situation . I definitely felt a little disturbed not seeing soaps in the bathrooms.
Journi Day 6: #1 DMM (Part 3) One thing I can say though that made Beijing a good tourist destination management and marketing was all the great attractions they had. They had very big brand named attractions which pulls western tourists to their location. I loved the Great Wall and the Forbidden City!

8 June 2017

Journi Day 5: #2 C&C (Part 2) From observing this behavior, I learned to be more mindful of others and respect them for who they are. Be less selfish and treasure what you have.
Journi Day 5: #2 C&C (Part 1) The one cultural behavior that I have noticed is the conservative, mindful, and attentive behavior from Chinese women. It seems like in China, women still to this day respectfully wait and take care of guests or family members before they take care of themselves. For example, when I was on the plane I was sitting by a middle aged Chinese woman. Every time I had to go to the bathroom she would respectfully get up from her chair with no hesitation. Everytime I would come back, I noticed she would continue to stand the whole time I was in the bathroom and wait for me to come back so she, herself, could go back to sitting down. This shocked me! I never seen someone wait on me in order for them to be able to do something. It's like even though time has changed Chinese woman still act subordinate to men and foreign people. It seems like they put others first before themselves. Chinese women are very humble and show so much respect.
Journi Day 5: #1 DMM (Part 2) From learning this, influenced my decision to never second guess myself. So, anytime I see something I like I go buy it with no hesitation. So I just want to say thank you Dr. Mejia for teaching me that valuable lesson. To never let my own doubts stop me from truly getting something I really want.
Journi Day 5: #1 DMM (Part 1) My interactions with my peers influenced my experience in many ways than one. One way that influence my travel the most is when I go shopping now. Usually when I shop I look around to see if I like anything. If I like something, I would question myself whether or not if I should buy it. For example, when we was at the art district and I was questioning myself if I should buy this beautiful fan I saw. I thought maybe if I browse around and come back the fan will still be there. So when I came back it was gone. From this, I learned a value lesson from one of my peers. My peer, Dr. Mejia, told me to never question myself if I see something I truly like. She continue to tell me, "We are in a different country and each item is very unique." ,"Sometimes you may not find that item anywhere else. So, "Just Go for it and buy it!" , "Make the most of your experience in China and don't be afraid to try anything out of your comfort zone."

7 June 2017

Journi Day 4:#1 DMM Throughout the day, I seen a lot of tourism products. Each item and person had an unique quality to make an ideal experience for tourist. Today the tourism products I seen were servers, tour guides, security guards, drivers, vendors, merchants, janitors, customers, desk agents, chefs, guests, business owners, and ticketers. The one tourism product that caught my attention the most was the vendors. The vendors, local people selling souvenirs on the side of the road, helped the tourism truly come to life. They had many different kinds of souvenirs and antiques and even created a personal story behind each item. What really caught my attention the most was the bargaining between vendor and customer. I loved how the vendors would bargain with a customer. Majority of the time it's beneficial for both parties and each come up happy in the end. I love seeing that powerful communication and understanding between vendor and customer. Bargaining is a successful method to use.
Journi Day 4: #2 C&C (Part 2) What I learned is that I should never stop chasing my dreams and embracing my culture. No matter how hard or difficult it may seem. I should never give up because only I can stop my journey through my choices and actions. I am a master of my own destiny.
Journi Day 4: #2 C&C (Part 1) Today was the most memorable experience of my life!! The walk of a lifetime, my dream coming to LIFE!! Today I walked The Great Wall of China! I still can't believe that I got to see and walk on the Great Wall of China in person. This journey has forever changed my life. As I looked around I can really tell that the Great Wall of China is a prideful landmark to the Chinese people. From the young to the old, everyone was out there experiencing Chinese culture to the fullest. What really moved me is the old Chinese people who was walking on the wall. Even if they had walkers or canes it did not stop them from experiencing the wall all the way. I couldn't believe how far they went to reach the top. This showed me that Chinese people really love and live by their culture. From watching them made me realize something within myself. It taught me a valuable lesson that I'll never forget.

6 June 2017

Journi Day 3: #1 DMM I believe that education progressively grows day by day. What you may not know about today, you will learn about tomorrow. As a strong growing generation in hospitality industry, we should find more ways to get the most beneficial teaching of destination marketing and management to future hospitality students. From sitting down in the panel listening to the international students, it made me realize that China needs more opportunities for their students to travel abroad. International students are truly the ones who can see the difference from their own country to another. They bring wisdom and enlightenment to each country they visit. So many people go to study in China, but from what I've seen only a few Chinese people study outside of their country. I really believe Chinese culture is one of the most influential cultures that hospitality students need to definitely learn about. From this, destination management and marketing teaching can grow and expand.
Journi Day 3: #2 C&C My major take away from the cross culture experience was learning about Traditional Chinese Medicine. My first impression was "Wow". I never knew that people, like the Chinese, use teas and herbs as medicine to cure sicknesses and diseases. I also did not know that they created a herb dictionary book. History has proven that plants, herbs, and botanical gardens have been used for health and healing for over a hundred years. However, I did not know that Chinese people have been practicing TCM for over 5,000 years. Since I was a little girl I rarely took prescription drugs. I always wanted to find a healthier way to get cured while I was sick. It was amazing to hear that there is another way to cure sicknesses and diseases. Hearing about TCM made me realize that I've found a solution to my never-ending problem. At the end, I believe that I learned about TCM so I could share it with other people in America. The presentation motivated me to explore the world of TCM.

5 June 2017

#2 C&C (Part 1) Chinese restaurants here are so different from America. First of all in America, Chinese restaurants are usually buffets or take out meals. The food is usually bland, dry, too salty, or undercooked. Also, there are rarely Chinese restaurants where you can actually sit down as a family and be served meals on a sharing platter. So to actually have the experience of sitting down as a group and be able to share each entree one by one was amazing. Second thing is Chinese food here is fresh and very tasteful. You can tell that they handcrafted each meal to perfection. For example, the sweet egg bun we ate today was very fresh, sweet, and rich. You can tell that whoever was cooking back there today was going "in", beast mode, making those buns to perfection by hand. Unlike America who just take their sweet buns right out of the freezer and pop in the oven for a good second. (Continue reading Journi in part 2)
#1 DMM (Part 1) Today was a very long eventful day. I'm surprised that I didn't pass out, but it would have been worth it if I did. Looking around and observing the locals, I can tell throughout the community there are many people who get involved with tourist destination. For one was the art district. The art district not only gave a colorful, artistic world to a foreign tourist, but also made the experience greater. With so many unique handcrafted items and different tasteful personalities it made the whole experience surreal. The art district brings revenue not only to the community, but also to the wonderful artists that create their individual master pieces. The second stakeholder would be Victor and Nikki who were our tour guides. They helped with tourist destination by telling us about history of China in a way where you can imagine it in your own mind. Victor created a platform that made you feel like you was apart of an adventure story. (Continue reading Journi on part 2)
#1 DMM (Part 2) While Nikki booked the restaurants that went along with the whole theme of the tour today. At first I didn't want to do the ride, but the way he put it made me feel like I would be missing out on something memorable.He got us involved with different locals around the old Beijing cities. The third stakeholder would be the free lance artist name Zhaung. He worked hand and hand with Victor which made the experience more real. Learning that the government helps pay Zhaung for his help in bringing history to life really showed how the locals, the tour guides, and the government work together to create a wonderful tourist destination. The whole experience made me feel like I was part of Chinese culture for that quick second and that I was living with the people.
#2C&C (Part 2) When eating it, you can definitely know that it wasn't made fresh. Lastly, American people are used to seeing fried rice as a side entree with every meat and vegetable. However, in China only steamed white rice is served with meats and vegetables. At the end, I could definitely tell the differences between American Chinese food and China's Chinese food. If I had to choose which one I want the most it would be China's Chinese food!

4 June 2017

#2 Any cultural differences/ similarities you can pick up on so far (Culture&Cuisine) One cultural difference I have seen so far is how China keeps their roads and streets cleaned. China is very conservative and prideful on how they look externally. Even though they are not big on personal hygiene, they are very consistent in cleaning their structures and infrastructures that are seen by tourist. Some Chinese people are employed, like this young lady in the picture, to make sure the roads and streets are cleaned every time. This shocked me because I've never seen someone who would sweep a road or street in America, especially in traffic. American people barely sweep their own porches. Well at least I know I don't. Even walking into the hotel room it was very clean and tidy. I can see Chinese people is very clean, organized, and consistently go above and beyond when it comes to their country. I can't wait to explore more and learn more new things about Chinese culture.
#1 First impressions of China as a destination coming from airport (Destination Management&Marketing) China is known for its wonderful culture and landmarks. When entering China one of the first things I noticed were their beautiful mountains and hills. My first impression of Beijing, China as a destination marketing would be the usage of the big bold characters and English letters. In the airport, at restaurants, at stores, and the hotel China uses big bold characters and English letters to grab their foreign tourist attention. This is a very good marketing strategy. People who are unfamiliar with this country can easily read the signs and be able to navigate their way. Also, having the interpretation of the characters in English really helped me figure out the different places in the city. When we was leaving the airport, I noticed the "Welcome" sign instantly from its bright colors and big letters. I'm excited to see more things that make China a great tourist destination spot.