North America, Asia · 30 Days · 41 Moments · May 2017

Tyler's adventure in China

24 June 2017

CC4: when I was preparing for the busy day at Disney Shanghai Resort, along with what attractions I was planning on visiting, food was another important decision. At first, I wanted to experience western food because of the emphasis on Chinese food we've had throughout this trip. Then I thought, why do I need to get a pizza at Disney? So as I walked through the park I realized that there are so many other options that they provide they are still a little different than what we have over in the states. The first thing I had was a chocolate and vanilla Mickey ice cream bar. Let me tell you, the best I've ever had. Following the Mickey bar soon after when I met up with my group again, I had a to go teriyaki chicken wrap with cucumbers and peppers. This choice was perfect for the time because it balanced the rainy and overcast day. As a sweet swan song to my day and in china, I had a chicken sandwich combo at McDonald's to top it off. Overall no complaints to my day of food.
CC3: I think this question is one that had overarching themes to what is important in tourism in general. For tourism, the single biggest responsibility is to engage and preserve the best on Earth so that people can visit for as long as time goes on. It's important to realize that china is no different than any other country in that sense. For the country of china, there is a specific distinguising factor that sets apart the country geologically. The western region of China has the highest and second lowest sections of the would (geographically wise). It's also important to note that the process if tourism is to preserve the true meaning of this area, and if you build something not intended for the region, your ruining the experience as a whole. Basically, the main job for tourism is china is to protect the culture and present it in a way to effectively show that this area has a specific character. This specific character is the for front of our learning of cultures everywhere.
DM4: Beijing: (Capital, governmental power, history) this cities character is something special because not only does it serve as the capital of the country, it serves as a melting pot for nother china and western china connecting with the east. Xi'an: (History, Service) this city wowed me the most with the hospitality and service it provided throughout my stay. No matter where I went, I know I was looking and experiencing something historical. Hangzhou: (Culture, pure nature) this city was my favorite because it was beautiful, peaceful and the least tourist city we visited. Suzhou: (Canals, markets) while riding the canals and experiencing the markets in a very local area outside of the big city of Shanghai the history of the place can be seen if you just open your eyes. Shanghai: (pearl of the east) the new York of the east, as said by most. It provides a balance between western culture and traditional Chinese culture​. The lack of a language barrier is a prime example of this.

23 June 2017

DM3: I really learned alot during the presentation at fudong University in Shanghai. The most important thing we learned was the difference between east and west china and what was important for Destination marketers to do pay attention to when looking at each part in China. The main difference between east and west besides the location is how large the population difference is. In East china, there is less space but everyone is pilled into the metropolitan areas, where as in the western side of China you don't. From a destination marking standpoint, you have to look at the bigger picture and see what really drives the economy of the area. If culture and natural living drive the culture, reap the benefits of having an area this unique by marketing it as it is. It's important not to see this as a downside that you can't build something like you can on the east side. its imperitive to highlight what the character of the area is, not try to make it conform to what is believed right.

21 June 2017

DM: the most frustrating thing that has happened during this trip has been the actions by the local Chinese people and how different their style has been around us and in public. The most recent example is how rude the people were at the museum where they were going over the walls and touching the exhibits. This kind of summarizes what this culture does in some situations. Not to mean it in a bad way, there has been countless number of situations where people have been impatient and lack the respect of personal space. This can be frustrating for the stakeholders, because it can turn tourists off from visiting the locations because of the way this culture is accepted. A way to change this and prevent people from being this way is by hiring more and more police and security to guard museums. Also, there should be actions in place by local government to help the local people learn what other cultures can find uncomfortable and to learn to be aware of these things.
CC: In a way, the ping pong diplomacy was almost vital to our relationship with china and how it started. From the beginning when china opened it's borders it was tough to form important connections with the country because of how distant and how different the west was compared to china. It all started with the national Chinese ping pong team and a United States player. When a United States table tennis player happened to be with the team on the bus, the Chinese we're supprised to find out that they couldn't simply throw him off the bus. In a way to show hospitality, they brought an interpreter to make him feel safe and showed the ping pong player respect. From this most after the United States began to have relationships with china because of an awkward situation. After this situation, Richard Nixon help tie together the two powers by visiting Shanghai and Beijing. This was significant because of how before this, the relationship wasn't there. this was the start of something big.
CC: I have a very straightforward opinion about Shanghai. This is a big city with lots of opportunities to learn about history, international culture, and to be apart of a westernized china. From the bus ride in, I could tell and feel that we were still in China. The main give away is that the drivers are the same here (impatient) and the lane for bike along with the amount of motorbikes has been the same throughout the country. Another first impression is how much taller everything is in this city. From the high rise apartments to the skyscrapers that line the horizon, this city is truly the highest and most developed in china. But one thing Shanghai lacks is a specification on one thing. There's not a real fine line between what is western and what is Chinese. Besides driving around and realizing your in China because of the Mandarin on the buildings and billboards, I can't tell when walking around that I'm in a Chinese city. I feel very western and it makes me uncomfortable.
DM: Suzhou and Shanghai have had an interesting history. The biggest difference that you see today is that Shanghai is the large metropolitan city and Suzhou is the farming city that has alot of other lower class people as residents. The cool thing about this situation is that it always hasn't been like that. Before the Chinese lost the ear with Great Brittain, Shanghai used to be the small city and Suzhou was the large metropolitan city. After the war, china had to sign a treaty of defeat saying that the west could have ownership of land in Shanghai. For the past 150 years the construction of the "western" Chinese city created many sights for international tourism to flourish. Suzhou in significant comparison to the big city of Shanghai is seen in education. Suzhou had the top scholar of China for 36/90 times. Shanghai made up for this difference in creating opportunities for farmer's to make it in the big city. Today Shanghai rules in money it provides and opportunities it gives.

20 June 2017

CC: one of the most common, yet unique items I have seen around the are have been the intricate fans. These fans have been extremely important in some product stands and gift shop for suppliers to sell. Most importantly there are so many different styles of these fans that it represents the culture in such a unique and practical way. During our stay I have seen two different types of process for these fans. I have see the cheep ones that line the markets, ranging from ¥10-20. These cheep fans are the majority of fans because they are the ones tourists most likely buy. The others range from ¥30-100 due to the craftsmanship of the fans. The more expensive types is where the culture if china is really seen. When we went to the fan museum, I bought my first and only fan because I was finally amazed on how amazing and intricate the details were. This represented the culture because of the history of where it was made by the artwork or by the artist. This is why it's my favorite item.
DM: during the time that we got in our travels to Suzhou, I had the chance to travel on my own for about and hour to walk the alley of canal markets. This was one of the most memorable times I've had to myself on this trip because of how simple it was. The biggest thing it did for me was how it effectively helped me realize the hidden beauty behind this beautiful city. As I would walk around, I would see people pass by me and would be fully engaged in conversation with each other. Though that's not a significant thing, this was the first time the entire trip that I felt like I wasn't being stared at from everyone because of what I looked like. It think this example summaries why Suzhou is great tourist destination, because it makes you feel different rather than normal. A meaningful trip to China is only achieved when you visit places that make you safe and that give you a different experience Everytime. the feeling that is felt here changes your opinion about the older cities.

19 June 2017

CC: as this trip has progressed on and the more we have seen of Chinese culture, I've realized that this culture does a significant amount of relaxing. As we would drive around and I would look out the window in all of the cities, I could see all the parks and quiet places line the streets and destinations we would visit. For the most part these places would be crowded with tourists and visitors like us, but these places were made and created for the Chinese and there needed get away from society. For the most part, everywhere we have had the pleasure in visiting, they have all had a segment reserved for this specific get-away. I think the biggest problem it makes me think about my American culture is that, we don't have "time" to sit at a park and wind down. I feel if we could reserve more time and places to relax and enjoy nature and life, we would ultimately be alot more happy and less stressed out. The most important thing for us to realize is to search for that special place.
DM: tourism is one of the most influential things in the entire world. It brings people to worlds and places that were meant to be seen and places untouched by mankind finally experienced. One of the main impact that tourism causes is globalization. Globalization is an important subject to talk about because it represents the world figuratively getting smaller. In a greater sense, once traveling became easier, the world became smaller. After the world seemingly got significantly closer, the impacts of tourism such as in the local destination economy, which created a new source of income for those who wouldn't have the chance otherwise. Another aspect tourism represents is that it forces people in these destinations to become globalized. Even if they don't like it or not, people from around the world come to visit and stay in these new places, and if you don't learn to accept and adapt, your destination could lose money. All of this is a short telling of tourism and it's effects.

18 June 2017

CC: the best part about these trips we have taken to the universities has been the connections we have made in each visit. To successfully see what long term orientation is, you have to understand the culture that your coming in contact with. For me, it is easy to see that the Chinese culture is dependent on this because they try alot harder than most Americans to build lasting relationships with people in all areas of their life. The main reason that I can see this relationship building mentality is how they are quick to see how we can keep in touch after the first meeting at the school. For the most part, I have been first to add these students on wechat but every time I do I have a chance to connect with those who could very well be an influence on my future career. Sometimes it is difficult to see that they will open up, but if you give it time, these relationships will progress and blossom. With these relationships, if you can put enough effort into them, you can have a leg up.
DM: along with some tangible products that I could have bought during trip to wuhzen, the main thing that I took away from this trip wasn't something I bought from a gift shop. Of course with any location, there is going to be a place to buy something that you can take with you to remember the trip. Here, it was kind of hard to find a tangible thing to describe my trip. Some intangible products that made my trip interesting are the little experiences that I had throughout my stay. Some of the experiences included the lunch we had and the location that it was on the water. We also went to a puppet shadow show where we could see through backstage. One of the biggest intangible things was the experience traveling in the crowded streets trying to get to the museums and shops. Though it wasn't the best experience, it helped form my opinion about this unique destination. When I tell friends about my visit to this water town, they will see my souvenirs but theyll here about my experience.

17 June 2017

CC: the power distance is something very important in understanding the place where people are kept inside Chinese society. For the most part during my visit of the university yesterday in Hangzhou I felt everyone was on the same level playing field but for the most part I felt it was hard to distinguish between who was important and who was in there "place". As I got to the university, I felt that we sat down in the main conference room before the students and after the teachers. This could be seen as a power distance, showing how all the important people would get the first choice of seats and everyone else would fill in after. This is also a showcase of respect, knowing that those that have not reached their potential. Honestly the biggest thing you can get from Chinese culture and the power struggle described by hofstead is how everyone is stuck where they are depending on how well they do in life. As a student, if you couldn't get into college, its very limited where you can go.
DM: smart hotels are a topic that has many great things to discuss and get excited about. When we went to the university yesterday in Hangzhou, we were introduced to a presentation by a smart hotel company. In this presentation, they announced that smart hotels would depend on data gathered from the rooms to make a guests stay a whole lot better. This data would be gathered to see how much energy they use to see what temperature they like, to see how many times they leave the room, and what they enjoy doing while in the room. The main question I had when this subject was brought up was about the security and privacy of the information that is taken from each guest. What was explained after I asked my question, clarified the doubt I had about the product. This clarification showed that this data, once collected, will be normalized and wouldn't include any personal information about the guest. Overall this concept is something that I'm excited about because it opens up so many options.

15 June 2017

DM: for me, the most reliable way to effectively market your destination, you need to do a few things better than everyone else. You have to see what is important to everyone to see and experience, showcase that by making shows or entertainment (theatre), and make it seem and feel comfortable for those to come back. So far some really good marketing techniques have been with West lake and the surrounding area here in Hangzhou. When we were going to the show, we could see pictures of the performance and fully understand how amazing of a time we were in for. I felt that this opportunity to see this show on our first full day summarized how amazing and vast the history of Hangzhou was going to be and was for us to discover. With all of the plays that we have seen throughout the place of our trip, it has been my understanding that this not only tells a history of the area but it explains and markets the area as a place to discover yourself. Fully realizing this makes the experience fun.
CC: the most significant things that stand out to me is that in every city there has been city walls, random ancient locations, and even temples. The most significant thing about these hidden gems is that they aren't hidden at all, they are apart of the infrastructure of the city and they are vital to the understanding of the culture and history here. Every city has done so many things and enacted ways to protect these things by building/creating parks. These parks provide substantial amount of room for locals and tourists to get a look back into time. This example is in Xi'an, where the complete city wall surrounding the old city provides a physical reminder on the cities past so that people can forget about what happened. One way they do this is by allowing bikes to be rented (modern and hip thing to do) so that you can get a 360 degree angle on the impressive city Xi'an that I is. The fact that the cities can connect both the ancient and modern times is such a awesome thing.
DM: as a destination, china has been successful in creating a technological savy environment where visitors have the chance to learn about what China has to offer and bring technology into the equation. In most locations, there has been audio headphones to suffice the knowledge a tour guides would give you at each exhibit. Also these audio guides are in all languages to help with the language barrier. Another cool thing that is they use the QR codes everywhere to unlock other cool things that couldn't be seen otherwise. These codes can either be connected with Wechat to follow the museum or look at an exhibition in augmented reality. This allows the visitor to learn about the object or story in 3D so you can look at it when your outside the museum or on your own time. This technology can be seen in Xi'an at the terricotta Warriors place and even in the fan museum that we visited in Hangzhou. With the use of QR codes and audio guides, the industry and learning made increasing gains.
CC: in most cases and in every culture, there are many things that are considered to have bad luck. For instance, in American culture, black cats and spilling the salt are considered things that have bad luck. The cool thing about Chinese culture is that they have somewhat the same ideas about things having bad luck or meaning to them. Previously it was mentioned that the number of dumplings you had in your bowl ment something. But during the bus ride, Bing told us about a few things that just don't have the best meaning. The first is giving a fan as a gift in Chinese culture. This gift is a symbol of separation and wouldn't have the best meaning if it were given by someone in this culture. Though it was something that has bad meaning in this culture, it's not this way everywhere else. The second is whenever you are eating, don't stick your chopsticks in a bowl or soup (anything) it means death. Another one would also be dropping your chopsticks, which also represents bad luck.

14 June 2017

CC: in all three cities; Beijing, Xi'an, and Hangzhou, I have had the chance to experience and taste many different and unique Chinese dishes. For the most part, all of the dishes have had the main characteristics about them. This is that there is some kind of meat, served with rice/noodles in a family style for all to sample everything. The defining thing about Beijing's food is that it had a lot more choices in sweeter tasting food. This is the place where I have had the more better tasting sweet and sour chicken. Alot of the more desert tasting things have been more sweet too along with that hint of fruit flavor. In Xi'an the food was a lot more hearty and more filling than those in the other cities because of the emphasis on the noodles and many different types of dumplings. And here in Hangzhou, there seems to be more of an emphasis on rice, corn and many other vegetables. This is exciting because it is a little different than what were used to, which is exciting.
DM: If I had to look at one thing that has caught my eye about Hangzhou, it is the fact that it seems like a very clean and modern city. One of the biggest compliments about Beijing and Xi'an is that they have so much history and so much ancient things that you can see all around you. Though this city is very old, it's hard to see that when we drive up into the downtown area, where we can look out and see high-rise buildings. Another big contrast between these cities is that the food is different enough that you can genuinely notice it. I felt Beijing had a lot more meats and Xi'an had alot more dumplings and noodles. After eating dinner here for the first time, I can see that were in for more veggies and more corn type products. I could sense the truth about the corn because in both the dumpling and the soup, there was corn in it. Overall the most exciting thing about this city is that I don't know much about it, and the fact that I get to be here and visit, makes it so exciting.

13 June 2017

CC: by far the most influential and important parts of our trip has been the connections we have made with each other, and those who we come in contact with on the streets and in the Universities that we visit. When we visited XISU I learned first hand, experience and a glimpse of the culture of mainland Chinese people and what there views were in many different things. Since I was "different" one out of the bunch, I got asked most of the questions. Majority of the questions were tailored to my job a Universal. In order to gain a more deeper understanding of my peers I was talking to, I was trying to see what western things they were familiar with. Both of the girls I talked to knew things such as the super heros, but failed to really recognize any other western movies such as Harry Potter. This made it hard to make a deeper connection with that. Although we didn't share the same interests, we both showed enough passion to want to know more about the person we didn't know much about.

12 June 2017

DM: the Muslim street is one of the most unique and unexpectedly amazing places I have had the pleasure of going to not only on this trip, but in all the places that I have been. It is a place that combines history with the Chinese mosque (only one like it), amazing and unique street food, and so many shops to see and other smaller streets that leave you speechless. There's a bigger reason why someone, local or foreign, should visit this "street". That something is the fact that it is a literal representation of a melting pot. What I mean by that is, it gathers food and culture from both Xi'an and all other Chinese Provences and creates a unique style (or combination) that truly makes it a memorable experience. While your there, I would suggest trying the Chinese hamburger. As a person who tried it, I have to say it was my favorite food from the entire trip. The experience said alot about the area and how much of a perfect culture mixture this area truly was.

11 June 2017

CC: the most challenging thing that has been probably on top of everyone's list, which was fully immersing myself into the eastern/Chinese culture and separating what I'm comfortable with to make a completely different experience. Although I haven't been doing a bad job in achieving this, there is still room for improvement. I have been losing weight, working out and making sure I eat good and enough. But what I have found to be most challenging, is keeping up the pressure of myself to stay on track to successfully starting and creating good and healthy habits. These habits are things such as, getting plenty of exercise and drink water. Also it means staying away from Western "bad" food. Though it had been rather easy adjusting to this culture and getting the hang of what to expect, I have been settling on things such as soda and junk food just enough to mention it. If I can work to eliminate this distraction, I can better the authenticity of my experience here in Xi'an and in China.
DM: If I could choose multiple favorite experiences here in Xi'an, I would. My favorite experience was the park after we went to the park. When we were walking around this park, I felt for the first time in a while ( since the summer palace) that I'm truly in a different world. As I was surrounded by culture, history, and the people I've grown closer to, the entire experience became surreal. When I think about how beautiful these tourism destinations are and how vital they are to the understanding of the destination, I become overwhelmed with emotion and gratitude. There were several things that had to go right to make my experience go according to plan. The first was the upkeep of the area by making it look flawless, clean and spacious. This was by far the best looking park I've ever been too, and I don't say that lightly. What also made me feel at home was the workers dressed in traditional clothes which tied together​ this experience as the most memorable, so far in Xi'an.

10 June 2017

CC: this goes without saying, I've been blown away by how fantastic this stay has been in Xi'an. From the moment that we stepped into our hotel, I have truly felt wanted and respected by the people of this hotel and city. We have been able to show face many ways during this first day with firstly, giving them a sense of respect back by shaking hands and thanking them. Another ways by doing this is to eat and try everything that was put in front of us at lunch and whenever we ate. By far the most disrespectful thing you can do is to refuse a cultures food, which is like actually disrespecting the culture. When we had the food today, the first impression was how perfect and beautiful everything was from the presentation, to the details in preparation, the variety, and the vast amount of food that we recieved. In a way of respect and or showing face, we completely took charge and tried and enjoyed all the food. This showed that we recieved and respected their food and their culture.
DM: there are so many things that distinguish. Chinese culture from Western culture. One of the most defining characteristics is that the Chinese people are always at your service. Whether it is being served at a meal or at a restaurant, it is all about making the guest experience better. It was prevalent in Beijing, but the minute we got into Xi'an, my mind was blown by the difference in service style and actual care to each individual person. Each team member greats us, opens up the door, and answers each question I have or finds someone to answer it in English. This represents another characteristic, which is the importance of showing respect to the person. As we have touched upon before, showing face is important in recognizing our respect in how hard they work to make our experience the best possible. One great thing happened last night, a worker actually walked me down the road because I was lost between hotels, which made my entire trip experience to the gym that much better.

9 June 2017

CC: what China has been proving day in and day out during the times that we eat, is that the this culture (represented by their food) has a collectivisation way of what they do. This means that they are more dependent on doing things with people and family. On the contrary, the western culture is seen as a more individualistic society because there is a more emphasis on doing things by yourself. The collectivisation society in China can be highlighted in ways such as the food and how these people travel to locations. The first example by far is the most easy to point out, which every restaurant that you go into to eat Chinese food, it is served family style. It's Important for those of the Chinese culture to eat and converse with loved ones rather than being by themselves. Another thing that you can see is that everyone travels in at least groups of 3-5 when going to different locations. I would rarely see couples, rather kids and families out walking around, which makes sense here.
DM: If there was one example of what is going right in Beijing, it was when we were at the artists house when we toured the Hutongs a few days ago. When we asked him what would he like to see in the future, he said he would prefer that the bars and restaurants would leave the lakeside and it would grow progressively quieter as it was in the past. This sums up what I feel Beijing can improve on. The fact that the modernization of the city has proven a better experience for the western world and it's visitors to the city it has proven to be watering down the ancient history of this city. I feel the best thing that Beijing has done was find the fine line with being a very large metropolitan area, while being a historical destination for all. But with any place, I feel as if this city hasn't been able to grab the full attention to how important this city is to china and the rest of the world. If China and Beijing could do a better job in preserving the history, which will improve Beijing

8 June 2017

CC: from the start, I have seen many different types of native people from Beijing. I have seen those who have been sweet and caring because it is the polite way to show respect. But I've had occasions where I have seen people be very rude and invade personal space more than anything. When the behaviors of these people and the culture here, the first picture that comes to mind is all the attention and really curious staring that we attract from bystanders. Though it can be funny and quite interesting at first, there are some times when the people cross the lines. I remember when we were at the summer palace and there were always a few guys with professional cameras taking photos close up towards some of the girls in our group. This I found quite invasive and quite rude. There comes a point where you need to draw the line between curiosity and being a creep. Like I understand​ that this culture isn't used to seeing people like us but I feel that they should know when to stop.
DM: as with everything, people make or break whatever you do. You could have a really great time visiting a location and all it takes for you to have an unenjoyable time is one bad encounter with someone. This has been one of the most challenging in my cases. For me, I feel as if I need to be protective over the majority female group that is on this trip but at some times being one of the only few guys on the trip has given me quite a different outlook on the trip as a whole. For example, when we visited the Houtong's and the artists home a few days ago, what I remember most was this man who kept pestering me to by a worthless musical instrument. After realizing that I didn't want the toy, he'd keep at it harder than the last try. At the conclusion of the confrontation, he smaked my butt as I said no. Though it didn't phase me at first, I look back and that interaction kind of tarnished the whole picture of that beautiful area because that's what I'm going to remember first.

7 June 2017

CC: I want to open this up with saying that this experience has been even more amazing than what I thought, obviously. When Dr. Mejia mentioned that we had an option of either walking or taking the cable car up the wall, I knew without a doubt I wanted to walk and take it all in. I tell you what, that was so worth it. I have never felt so lucky to take the longer way to anything like I was today. Everytime I turned around, I kept looking back to the most beautiful sight along an amazing backdrop of the mountains. As for the physical labor itself, I haven't really ever experienced too much exhaustion from walking. I run alot and have played many sports for a while, for it actually to keep me in shape to trek the very steep hills of the wall. The only thing that really hurt after the climb, was the feeling that I couldn't do more of the wall because of the time restrictions. This is definitely the most memorable experience I've had in another country and in China so far.
DM: I think the biggest thing that can be see throughout my visit in China as tourism products has been the souvenir. Each location you see someone trying to take advantage of getting a tourist like ourselves to find something worth taking home. Also, a souvenir has been used throughout history to show others that you have been to this location and that it is a way to remember for yourself that you went to this destination. The funny thing is, the main thing I remember whenever I think of the people on the streets, is that they are always trying to sell something and trying to make a quick dollar off of those like us, who might not know if it's worth buying in the first place. Even though this is very different at first, it definitely makes a difference and a memorable story to tell. As an example when a guy tries to sell you a musical instrument and slaps you on the butt after I finally told him no. this little memory says so much about the overall feeling that everyday is different
CC: the most touching thing that happened yesterday was being in the cross-cultural discussion with all of the students from BISU. During this discussion, they really revealed to me that the globalization of the world is happening everywhere and definitely in the growing countries economly like here in china. Another meaningful things that happened during my visit was the realization that though these students live in a different world, they are the same as us. They have passions to do good in the world and the hospitality industry. With living in a society that requires you to do good, there is a lot more pressure on students than most in the united States. I felt that the main reason I learned this was because it's supposed to act as a wake up call to me and to those that watch me throughout my career. If they look at my passion in what I'm doing, then it should drive them to get on the ball and actually get something meaningful done in the world.

6 June 2017

DM: in a greater sense of the meaning of destination marketing of china's universities starts with what programs and location this place offers. I think you need to first effectively highlight what makes the area special and what makes the curriculum special or unique. In most cases the campus and the people are going to be nice, but most will only decide based on academic programs that are offered on the educational level. For instance, BISU hospitality program is among the best in China and even in the world because of the diversity, the location in the development of the hospitality industry and the prestigious faculty. Really everyone can learn from BISU and from here at rosen about how to improve the marketing of the educational destination, which should focus on the programs that make it the best spot for a degree, then to secondly focus on the area in which this educational facility is located at so that the best possible career can be formulated.

5 June 2017

CC Q#2: firstly to state that Chinese food in America is completely different than the types of actual Chinese food that we have had here. The first thing I have noticed is the lack of things like Soy sauce and the decrease in the amount of fat and sugars that we have been consuming. In contrast, the food we have been having here in China has been full of carbs and healthy and filling calories. One thing that is completely different in the united States Chinese food serving style is that here in China we have a sort of family style buffet and in America we have a more eat at your own pace and you pile plates of tasty, yet unhealthy food. In all actuality there have still been noodles, dumplings, donut, and other familiar things but like everything else in china, just a little bit different.
DM Q#2: stakeholders are very important to the process and how the destination will benefit from being a unique destination. What I mean by this is that, majority of the people who have stakes​ in the market are locals. The locals determine how an area is received by the common tourist. In another way, today we saw how the ancient Beijing City area where people still live reveals the actual and realistic observation of the Beijing of old that you cannot see because of the modernization. In order to effectively create a destination worth experiencing, stakeholders​ are created in order to supply the destination with the correct materials. The stakeholders would include the tour guides like Victor and the rickshaw drivers who depend on the flow of people to make a profit. Not to mention the people who live in the area and their house we visited. They all receive compensation for the services that we experienced today. They all work together to make our experience worth while.
Culture Q#1: being a foreigner is quite different when your in a completely different country. When I was over in England, I was a foreigner but it didn't feel as different as it did here. As my first of many examples to come, I really didn't have a place to eat my sandwich (which I still didn't know what was on it ) that I got from the small store under the hotel. When I asked the lady who was standing out at the lobby to sit down, she laughed and went to talk to her friend at the bar. They both awkwardly looked at me as I finished my food. Rather than be weirded out, I wasnt supprised that I was looked at differently because I looked different, and talked different. This kind of adds to what is the same over here compared to the US. I think it goes without saying that if your different here in the world, your going to be treated differently. Doesn't make it a bad thing but it still makes it quite interesting being on the receiving end of the situation.
Destination Q#1: traveling from the airport, I felt like I'm far away from home because of the little differences. The most tell tale sign that im in another country is the language barrier. Everywhere you look there is Chinese and very little English. However wherever you'd likely see more tourists, there would be more language options and English being among them. As we were traveling by bus, people on the road here apparently like to go wherever and the rules to the road are non-existing. Because while traveling in the city might have been for only 15 minutes, you can just tell the amount of people that live here and his massive the country is. This became apparent when the defined cities in America are a lot easier to see than here. The entire time I wasn't sure if I was in Beijing or not. Though it was a quite different experience traveling from the airport on our first day, I'm glad I got the chance to look out and witness just how different china is.

25 May 2017

At this very moment, the height of wondering what opportunity this study abroad has given me, I can see that this trip can have a lot of benefits to my professional career and development. Within this time and locations that I've been to, it is easy to see that traveling broadens your understanding of the world that we live in but it also builds our professional understanding of the people that we come in contact with each day and what background they come from. In terms of professional building, it definitely helps my resume and helps build the fact that I learned to not only travel abroad, but be successful in doing so. Within this moment, I feel the growth that I will receive in this study abroad trip will remain for a considerable amount of time just out of the interpersonal communication skills that I can develop through the next three weeks.