Asia, Europe · 23 Days · 59 Moments · June 2017

jeanne's adventure in China


23 June 2017

Shanghai last two journi questions: DM3 based on the lecture today, what did you learn about destination marketing on the East vs. Western parts of China? For the last 40 years there has been a major effort to upgrading Beijing, Shanghai and a few other cities. Most of these upgraded cities have hugged the coast since it has the availability of ports to receive trade goods more efficiently than the ones more inland. China also utilized those sites that had significant cultural impacts to draw the needed tourism to those cities to bloister their economy. The cities more inland have not been able to be upgraded ad they lack the infrastructure. That infrastructure includes a strong govt, roads, businesses, water & sewer and electrical to be able to support the influx of tourist and workers that would be needed to sustain it.
Shanghai last two journi questions: CC4 on your last day in China, discuss your food/snack decisions and how you felt after you ate that particular food. Last 2 days of food were completely different. On Thursday we had traditional lunch with the lazy Susan. For me personally I enjoyed the pork that came out last, the fried calamari, and the pan fried chicken. My veggie decisions have expanded to eggplant and bok choy. Thursday nite was a delight. Those traditional soup dumplings were delicious although I did not like the soup which the dumplings were fine by themselves. Fri I wanted a little more western food than eastern and wanted a burger, at the last minute I changed my mind and had chicken. One of the things I've noticed is eating more fruit, especially as a snack. I love their sesame cookies and wild choices for chips. When I look for the equivalent like lays they have them, slightly different packaging but different flavors to go with the area tastes.
Shanghai last two journi questions: DM4 what are the brand images of all five cities we have visited so far? Beijing..... Olympic city, Capital, Historical sites such as Forbidden City, Summer Palace & Great Wall. This city sells itself with all that it has to offer. Xian.... Terracotta Warriors. Just those words alone tell the story of the age and pride of the local citizens. Hangzhou... Souzhou... silk capital of the world. The industrial center of China. It showcases the duality of a thousand year culture with a motivation to growth into the future. Shanghai.... Financial center, Pearl, Bund, Shanghai Tower & Disney. A powerhouse on the world scale. History and culture blended with the drive to making China a world leader.

22 June 2017

Shanghai last two journi questions: CC3 what is the responsibility of tourism to the local culture in the Chinese context? My belief is that China does an amazing job of making thousands of years of history and culture available to the world and not losing its belief in its own family dynamics. China has so much to teach us about dynasties. They take such pride in their history to be able to preserve it and then present it in a way that shows that feeling of commitment. They work hard to utilize the local flavor and environment to tell the story. Aromas and taste are just 2 things they use to grab your attention to what they are trying to teach you.

21 June 2017

Journi Shanghai day 2 CC what was the significance of the "ping pong" diplomacy? The ping pong diplomacy started in April 1971 when Glen Cowen got on the wrong bus during a ping pong tournament in China. He struck up a conversation with the Chinese champion. They exchanged ideas and thoughts. Zhenting, the Chinese champion, invited Cowen to a private friendly match. He also invited him to Beijing as his guest. Nixon took the friendship as an opening opportunity to start talks with China. This led to the Chinese being admitted to the UN and the 21 year embargo on trade being lifted after Henry Kissinger visited. According to the Times it was the ping heard around the world.
Journi Shanghai day 2. DM based on your travel experience so far, what types of recommendations could you make to destination stakeholders to manage tourist behavior? China does a great job in making their history and culture a wonderful learning experience. With thousands of years to draw from there is an almost unending supply to draw from. So far we have seen buildings and historical sights. Yesterday we went to the Shanghai Museum which showed us another aspect of the culture. During the tour I enjoyed the audio guide that was available. This technology could be used to good benefit at the museum under the Pearl. That museum used wax and life sized representations to tell story's. Unfortunately that story was lost when some things couldn't be explained. While also at the Pearl Museum I observed guests crossing the barrier to interact with the museum pieces. Either plexi needs to be installed or a human presence needs to be utilized to protect the objects.

20 June 2017

Journi Shanghai day #1: 2. CM discuss the historical relationship between Suzhou and Shanghai in terms of commerce, education, or other context (you might want to consult with your peers or speak with our tour guide who provided this information on the bus this morning). Shanghai and Suzhou have an important symbiotic relationship. Shanghai is the financial center of China while Suzhou is the industrial center. Suzhou utilizes its port, canals & waterways to receive goods from all over the world. The cost if living in Suzhou is lower that Shanghai so those that work in Shanghai buy homes in Suzhou. The 2 cities work closely together to make China prosperous. Suzhou is only 2 hours from Shanghai which makes it easier and more cost efficient for the workers to be able to work in Shanghai. The officials in Beijing has made laws, regulations and tax breaks for Suzhou to be more industrial in helping Shanghai.
Journi Shanghai day #1: 1. DM first impression of Shanghai as a destination. I have to say my first impression of Shanghai was a little disappointing. China has thousands of year's of history and culture which I don't see anywhere. There are no door guardians on any of the stools or door ways. There are no red tassled signs if good luck at doors or windows. I see mile of concrete and steel and very little of the ceramic tile and pagoda style roofs. I understand the need to be driving force on the world stage, to show the world the wonders of the Chinese desire to forge into a new generation. I just think they are losing something in the mad rush to be bigger and better. Or maybe something that I've seen in Beijing and Xian where they are also building upward but also with an eye to thief culture. I have been. Impressed with the Chinese desire to do it thier way.... I just think Shanghai has missed something in its way up.

19 June 2017

Suzhou Day 2: 2. CC please choose an impressionable art/craft which you have seen throughout our time in China and describe how you felt about it. The most impressionable craft I have seen has been 2 rolled into 1. That would be fan making with the silk embroidery. I was so impressed with the history not only of the fan making itself but also how the fans are and were used both socially and as weapons. The silk embroidery we saw in Suzhou confirmed my appreciation for this art form. They look so delicate and yet they are made out of wood, ivory, bamboo, metal and fabric. This type of handwork takes many hours of intense concentration and attention to detail that we as hospitality students need to remember when addressing our guests. I've noticed that after doing crafts I enjoy, such as cross-stitching, I have s clearer mind and a settled attitude. It helps to ground me and my emotions.

18 June 2017

Suzhou day #1: 2. CC compare how Westerners typically relax and spend time with friends compared to the Chinese context OR talk about if you are experiencing overload or fatique and how you might overcome this in your remaining days in China. I'm sure I'm not the only one missing my friends and family. We have a group that goes out to dinner, movie or just to relax. We also do movie nights at a home with wine tasting. I've been talking with Celine and Victoria from Xian and we seem to relatively do the same things with friends. The biggest difference being karaoke, but we go to listen to bands instead of singing. They have told me they also like to gather to do board games. That could be an age gap difference too. Me personally I like to spend alone time or quiet time just people watching whereas the Chinese do things more in a group atmosphere. I loved watching the gathering of people who played cards & majong at the Forbidden City.
Suzhou day #1: 1.DM what is the impact of tourism...social, economic, personal, educational, etc.? The most notable impact I see on tourism is the social aspects, like western fashion, fast foods, and slang terms that we use. The Chinese seems to like the 50s era of fashion with poodle skirts, Mary Jane's and 1 piece dresses. There is always good and bad when a culture like the Chinese that has thousands of years of history of doing things gets impacted by tourism and the influence of the new age. For China I see it slso as a major impact on the family dynamic when the students are in school or sent overseas. The Chinese traditional family supports a student exclusively and yet when that student gets influenced by a different mind set it shakes up the traditional family dynamics. Not all change is good when it impacts negatively. Hopefully there cans be a balance that can be reached between ther old and the new without sacrificing either.
Suzhou Day 2: 1. DM during your "time on your own" and/or group activity today, please discuss what you have seen which can characterize Suzhou as a tourism destination. The biggest impact I saw that would characterize Suzhou as a tourism spot would be the wonderful canals. I loved riding in the boat on the canals. Its a wonderful perspective to be able to see architecture that hasn't changed for hundred of year's. All that's been done is add electric for the most part and upgrade the materials. I saw some workers doing a renovation and from what I could see they were rebuilding as it was not making any sweeping changes. The canals are so close to each other that you could virtually talk across it comfortably. The canals are a source of highway but also a way to do laundry. Granted its defiantly not drinking water but the plants and other vegetation grown can utilize it.

17 June 2017

Journi posting Hangzhou WuZhen 1. DM what were some intangible tourism products that enhanced your experience at WuZhen today? There were quite a few intangibles that enhanced my day today while at WuZhen. One of the most notable was the sound of the water in the canal. I love the water and treasure anytime I'm near it. WuZhen, being a water town was a treat. Being able to enjoy a quiet spell on a bench listening to the water or being in the gondola was a highlight. Another one was the quiet acceptance of the locals as all these tourists invaded thier daily lives. I can't see this happening in the states. They have hundreds of years of rich history that they share with us. I watched as this old gentleman whittled on a (I think) a horn to produce a comb. He was 80 if he was a day and yet his hands never stopped the carving knife he used. He seemed entirely content to sit surrounded by foreign people to produce a wooden comb. Not only content but proud to do so.
Journi posting Hangzhou WuZhen 1 2. CC from our three university visits so far, identify some instances in which you experienced or observed the effects of long-term orientation. One if the instances I saw long term orientation would be the way the Chinese culture focuses on thier children's education. The students go to school through to a Bachelors or even Masters and they don't work, thier family supports them exclusively. Granted they have long days and longer class list which includes another long term orientation which is thier English classes. While we are only required to take 2 semesters of a foreign language, they are required to take English classes for a number of years. Another one was the fact that our trip is the culmination of a extensive amount of time coordinating between the 3 schools and all the professors.

16 June 2017

Journi Hangzhou day 4 CC: regarding power distance as one of Hofstede's cultural dimensions, please give some examples of this cultural protocol based on our meeting with Zhejiang University. I saw a few examples of power distance while at Zhejiang University. One of the first ones I saw was the way the students interacted with thier professors or the invited guests. The showed patience and a courtesy that showed thier happiness that they were there. When we entered the room we were encouraged to find seats before thier own students entered. The professors introduced everyone by a FULL title, not just a job but also degrees. The other one I noticed was clothing. When the 2 gentlemen got up to sign the paperwork they both put on jackets to show the formality of ther occasion. I also noticed all the students who interacted with the professors all wore dark colors and a business like attire.
DM: What is your opinion of smart hotels based on the presentation today? This was a subject I wanted to get more in-depth info on. My opinion is that smart hotels will give us the tools to be able to go beyond normal hospitality. It will enable us to exceed the expectations both on a personal but also a business level. Smart hotels can collect and store information from guests usage of amenities to keeping track of maintenance. Running a hotel to be able to anticipate what the guest needs before they have arrived based on a previous visit will be intangible to a successful business. If the guest has allergies to a specific soap or needs the frig for medications can be tracked. While some people might think this information might be too close to invasion of privacy, my belief is the information is immaterial depending upon how it is USED and safeguarded. We are in the business of making the stay relax a nd enjoyable.

15 June 2017

Dm- reflect on your experience on destination marketing best practices that you have experienced so far. Marketing practices have been both subtle and commando. China, in my opinion, does things in a refined anbd dignified approach. They are not any less proud of thier country and the magnificent sights that they offer. They use billboards, commercials, other sites...such as if you enjoyed this then you will enjoy that. The videos and websites that are utilized capture your interest without going overboard...meaking you want more. The commando types like the jade museum employees and the lady at the tea plantation take thier job to the next level in 2 different ways. The jade museum employees hovered, followed and was right there every second. While the tea plantation lady was a master at making it a production which made it more effective.
please discuss the ways in which you've seen ancient and modern China merge together. I've been impressed with the way China has blended old and new. They are adamant in preserving thier history and culture for future generations. One of the most obvious ways I saw was the apartment that Mr Jung the artist from Bejing hutung. The place was small....kitchen tiny and divided not by walls but by wall hanging and screens. In the kitchen had the wok but also a small toaster and electric kettle. The living room had all his beautiful artwork next to an a.c. unit and wide screen tv. The use of technology to bring the past to life to make it more interesting at the museum's shows thier dedication to educating the world on on the wonders China has to share. Going past rice fields and tea plantations while riding on a bullet train is another.

14 June 2017

Journi day 2 Hangzhou: 1. DM in what ways have you experienced technology across the tourism products in China so far? Technology has been prevalent in alot of the presentations and didplays we have seen over the last few weeks. I have enjoyed the seamless way they have interplayed both still life scenes like the villages in the fan museum then using video played on a barrier and then fading out to the life like scene behind it. I loved the light show on the West Lake. It wss innovative, clean, the acts blended seemlessly from to the next and the whole ensamble was a testiment to the Chinese love of theatrics. It was over the top but in a good way. There were also video interactive screens at a few of the museums which i would have liked more if they had an english option.
Journi day 2 Hangzhou: 2. Name 2-3 Chinese social beliefs (i.e. "superstitions") that Bing lectured about this morning. Besides the few that Prof Bing mentioned such as the giving of watches or clocks is frowned upon most notably to seniors that time is running out on them. Or the giving of pears as gifts, since the word sounds too much like "parting". He also talked about the number 4 being bad luck as it sounds like the word for death. There a few more i found such as the giving of handkerchiefs which is considered saying goodbye forever or the giving of cut flowers since they are usually only given at funerals. The one i thought was interesting had yo do with mirrors. The belief is that they capture evil spirits or attract malicious ghosts.

13 June 2017

Hangzhou day 1 2. CC compare the cuisines of Beijing and Xian (i.e. style, cooking methods, proteins, vegetables, etc) I enjoyed the cooking/food in Bejing more than i did in Xian only due to the chili paste. Both cities has excellent food and a decidedly different style of cooking. I have found that my liking for vegetables has grown to including some eggplant and bok choy plus bamboo which still surprises me. I am not someone who enjoys overly spiced food as, for me, it takes away or masks the integral taste of the meal. I did notice that Xi'an leaned more toward the more bbq style which i enjoyed and ecspacially the xian burger. The noodles were more prevalent in this region and made from flour. I surprised when we went to the dumpling restaurant in Xian and was able to try 15 different types, plus they were made in different shapes which i thought was ingenious. The Peking Duck in Bejing was everything it had lived up to be and more.

12 June 2017

journi day 4 Xian: 1. The cultural exchange was very interesting. I was surprised at some of the answers but also some of the questions that I was asked. The students were a little quiet at first but seemed to warm up after they saw we were interested in what they had to say. I spoke with a few girls...Selene, Gloria, Mia and Barbara. They were all Hospitality students but the vibe I got was they didn't choose their major, that it was chosen for them. A few mentioned they had no interest in hotels but wanted to go restaurants. Gloria wants to travel and Selene wants to stay in Xian. I was impressed with the amount of class time they do. But I wonder if they are not getting enough real world experience while learning. For me it's helped me to learn as I do it. They also said they do A lot of presentations...in English...in marketing. Thier finals are next month which they are getting ready for. I found them to be enthusiastic, enjoyable and a credit to thier culture and school.
Hangzhou day 1: 1. DM in contrast with Beijing and Xian, what is your first impression of Hangzhou. For me Beijing and Xian had completely different feeling from Hangzhou. Granted it's a first impression but I look at it as a growing, expanding family. Since Beijing is the capital, like the eldest child, it has gotten all the opportunities and cash flow for infrastructure and programs. It's has been upgraded with a thought to tourism to attract more people to visit to boost thier economy. Xian as the middle child has been allowed to grow almost as an after thought. It has made the city beautiful but in a way that Xian wants instead of what the govt perceives as what should be. It's a wonderful blending of new and old without losing the feel of either. Hangzhou, at first glance, seems to be a city that know exactly what it want and how it wants to look. It has a coastal feel compared to the city feerl of Beijing or suburban feel of Xian.
journi day 4 Xian: 1. DM why is the Muslim street a "must see" attraction for both domestic and foreign visitors´╝č For me I think it's a complete melting pot of what Xian has to offer for all its customers. For the locals it's a chance to mingle, do a little shopping and relax. I love flea market shopping and I think this is the Chinese equivalent. For international guests it's a chance to try local cooked food without the formal table and sit down eating. Very informal. Street vendor food has a different taste and vibe that is enjoyable plus being able to try something the restaurants don't have like rolled ice cream or cotton candy. It is also a chance for local artists to sell thier crafts. You have everything from carved jade & wood to kitchie souvenirs. A little bit of everything and something for everyone to choose from.
Xi'an day 3: 2. CC what has been your most challenging cultural and/or food experience so far? What have you done, or what will you do to overcome these challenges? The most challenging for me would be the d different foods and mostly it's the textures. I never realized just how much I didn't try new foods until I came on this trip. Heavy sauces and spices don't a always sit well with me but I'm enjoying the discovery and the journey to try new things. I've found that I don't like leeks but that i do enjoy pumpkin, which I haven't in the past. My vegetable intake is more expanded. I don't normally do breakfast but I have since coming on this trip which has really helped my energy levels. To overcome my challenges I will continue to try new foods & textures.
Xi'an day 3: 1. DM most memorable experience in Xi'an and what tourism products helped to create this experience. I loved the Terracotta Warriors but I have to say when I look back the things that stood out for me was the Wild Goose Pagoda and the statues there. I could have sat and studied the murals for hours. For this I have to say the tourism products are the attention to detail upkeep that the Chinese govt has done to preserve these cultural ssights has the most impact. Without thier dedication to keeping these locations clean, repaired and accessible there would be no way we would be able to enjoy them. China has thousands of years of history both good and bad. To preserve both is a monumental job. I think that presenting both good and bad shows China to be dedicated to ensuring thier history is not lost.

10 June 2017

Journi day 7: Xi'an 1. DM what are some characteristics of Chinese hospitality. Chinese hospitality seems to be a fundamental part of their culture. From the way your greeted, to the way your escorted to what ever your doing. I noticed that they try to anticipate everything!!! The uppermost thought is our comfort and enjoyment of whatever activity we are doing. When doing Tai Chi this morning...the Master was intent on making sure we had the correct movements and stanses so that we get the most out of the movements. Fresh flowers and fresh fruit are uppermost in wherever we are.
Journi day 7: Xi'an 1 2. CC in what ways did we honor our hosts (give face) today? Also you can comment on the lovely meal;)concept in American life. The closest I come to it would be respect, both for my host and myself. I or we show respect or face by little things and big things. We look people in the eye when greeting and shaking a hand (if appropriate in the culture), we finish the meal on our plate, we take pictures, we ask questions to show our interest. We recommend the chef or eatery and describe it in good terms. We are quiet when our host is speaking. We purchase keepsaskes to remind us of what we saw and heard. This meal is beyond what I expected. The presentation of the food showed the level of expertise and love of food the chefs have fo r their creations. The set up was elegant, tasteful and welcoming. I love trying the different dishes with out having to be responsible for finishing the plate lol. The different types of flavors showcase the chefs versatility.

9 June 2017

Day 6 Beijing->Xi'an: 2. Provide some evidence of "collectivism" you have seen so far in China. The easy ones are obvious, eating family style and moving in groups. It gets a lil harder when looking at what the Chinese does as a group or a collective thought when you get beyond those two subjects. One of the examples I saw would be the living conditions. When we were in hutung...the living arrangements were family's in a square location with each corner having a family in it. They were each in their own area but yet also part of a whole. The other example I saw was on the way to the terracotta warriors. We went past farms with workers tending to the fields and gardens. I know from reading that family's come together and help harvest each field so that it gets done faster.
Day 6 Beijing->Xi'an: 1. DM looking at Beijing as a tourism destination, what have they well and what could be improved for Western tourists in terms of destination marketing and management. Before coming to China all the focus I saw was on destinations like the Great Wall or the Forbbiden City. While here we were lucky enough to go to the TCM hospital which was a fantastic experience. It enabled me to see another dimension of the Chinese culture. I think there are areas in the Chinese culture like TCM that isn't promoted or marketed as much as the famous locations. I also think that a lot of misconceptions about China are prevalent, like cleanliness, and crowding. While the amount of people are not in doubt....its not as overwhelming as portrayed. The Chinese are respectful and they act respecspectful on a daily basis.
Journi day 5: 2. CC what are one or two cultural behaviors you have witnessed so far? I see hospitality, respect and attention to detail in everything i see. When we were at the TCM hospital the nurse brought over jasmine tea as we were sitting there. The doctor took the time to chat with each of us and was genuinely interested in what we had to say and the questions we asked. I never got the feeling she was impatient or that we were taking her away from patients. I see the care the citizens of Beijing take in the cleanliness of thier city. Its there in the clean streets, fresh paint and immaculate gardens. They have such a care and need for beauty that is around them that i appreciate. Although Nikki is our guide she has never been impatient with us or made me feel that im holding her or our time line up lol. She has been a complete professional with wonderful stories with humor and grace! She has been a joy to be around and i hope she has a sucsessful future.
Journi day 5: 1. DM how have your interactions with your fellow group members influenced your experience so far (i.e co-creation). I truely have treasured my time with this group. They are a wonderful bunch of adults/ friends/ students. They have pointed out things to me i wouldnt have seen or a point of view i would not have thought of. They are a different generation than me so thier world view are a little different than mine. I see where thier curiosity and passion for learning have taken to the other side of the world to see, feel, taste and expiernce another culture. I would not have chosen a better group that what we have now to take this journey together.

7 June 2017

Summer palace Journi 4: 2. CC please describe your journey up the Great Wall. What a rush! I looked up at this amazing marvel that was built hundreds of years ago and thought just how lucky we are to be able appreciate the ingenuity and tenacity that led to it being built In the first place. I ran my hand over stone that at one time archers stood at to defend China from Kublai or Genghis Khan. The views are spectacular, green trees far as the eye could see. It's sad that it's also a grave sight of millions of convicts and peasant workers who died to make the wall possible.
Great Wall Journi 4: 1. DM identify some tourism products today, what/how can they create a memorable experience? All I can say is what I would consider memorable for everybody is different. For some it's a spiritual journey so prayer beads like the ones the monks have or imagines of Buddha which promote well being. Some like jewelry, which I do. I love local designs that showcases the diversity of the culture and the local resources. There are also postcards that can be mailed the day they have gone to the location. Magnets, keychain, thimble, bells and shot glasses are the staple merchandise that can be easily bought at any location. Clothing that is woven from local fibers and woven into traditional dress.

6 June 2017

Journi day 3 Beijing: 1.DM from an educational perspective, what can be done to improve the marketing and management of a destination? Communication, communication, communication. It is important to reach out to the group's that would benefit the most from specific topics. Put packages together that would put emphasis for different groups such as educational, historical, sustainability, food/beverage or operations. By tailoring the information to groups will be able to share the focus on what's most important to the message or topic they want to focus on. By doing this there is a better chance of reaching multiple target audience.
Journi day 3 Beijing: 2.CC: What thing did you learn today at BISU that.made the biggest impression? WHY did you learn this? The biggest thing I learned was about TCM which was more involved than I ever anticipated. It could be the healthy basis for battling diseases that can be tailored to the patient. I learned and was totally impressed about the Nobel Prize for malaria which was won by a woman named Tu Youyou. She didn't have a degree and yet won the award for medicine in a world that is dominated by men. She was incredible since she was also not only the first Chinese recipient but also the first female Chinese winner.

5 June 2017

Journey day two Beijing: 1.DM please identify the stakeholders throughout the day's activities, how did they work together? In my opinion who ISN'T a Stakeholders? The community itself is invested in sharing the rich history and culture not only the past but how they incorporate into today's modern life. They have thousands of years to share, both good and bad. The govt is invested in the refurbishing program, the public works department which is diligent in keeping the streets clean and well maintained. The tourism dept which market's and promotes the depth of history that is there. The educational institutions that encourage exchange programs to be immersed in the history & culture.
I was privileged to meet Mr & Mrs Jung today. Mr Jung is a celebrated watercolor artist who invited us into his house. We visited Hutong ...old Beijing today. It was both thought provoking and wonderful glimpse into another era.
Journey day two Beijing: 2. CC: how were today's Chinese meals different from those youve had in the US?
Journey day two Beijing: CC: how were today's Chinese meals different from those youve had in the US? Biggest difference I saw was how the food was presented when eating family style. The use of the lazy Susan is awesome so that everyone can see and enjoy the food choices without arms and hands getting in the way. I noticed that some of the soups were bland but adding a touch of salt ( from food prep) has enhanced the taste. I noticed some heat from the dishes that seem to come from spices more than from peppers. It will be interesting to compare the same dishes in different cities we will be visiting.
Journey day two Beijing: 2. CC: how were today's Chinese meals different from those youve had in the US? Loved the food. I felt full but not greasy or overwhelmed except by the amount of choices. Lol. The food presented has been tasty in the spices and sauces. Some of the soups have been a lil bland so just a touch a salt (like Dr Mejia has told us in prep class) goes a long way to bringing out the taste.
#1: first impressions of China as a destination coming from airport....... Completely truthful? I thought I was back in Orlando. The buildings, the trees, the highway all remind me of Florida. The biggest difference I saw was the Chinese letters on top of the buildings and street signs. I posted pictures of something I have never seen which was the baggage carousel painted like sea life which matched the columns that dotted the room. I loved them...coming from a long flight to see the whimsical fish was great. #2. Any cultural differences /similarities you can pick up on so far. One of the things I noticed was how quiet they are. Americans can be loud and pushy and yet I don't get that feeling of rush rush rush that I do in the states. Unless your driving of course. That surprised me since they were all driving on the right side of the road as compared to Hong Kong which drove on the opposite side. I also noticed that everyone moved over immediately when on an escalator.

4 June 2017

The baggage carousel
So I'm about to board my flight to Beijing to begin the Work Study Abroad part of my trip. The 3 days in Hong Kong were great and an awesome way to start my trip.

3 June 2017

This was Ocean Park and it was amazing. More than an aquarium it was also a Theme park. My first cable car ride!

2 June 2017

Hong Kong Disney. I wasd a lil disappointed but then I have WDW to compare to. Overall a ghood time and enjoyed myself.

1 June 2017

Awesome bbq chicken
MTR was easy to navigate....the color coding made it simple to understand and it was the cleanest subway I've ever travelled
MTR was easy to figure out and the cleanest train/subway I've been in