Our CEO Travels to China
We literally flew into the future on a flight path that would take use North West over the Arctic Ocean toward Russia and the Behring Sea. After a 13-hour flight, we arrived to Bejing, China exhausted, and were greeted by a hotel representative who spoke mostly Mandarin and guided us through China Customs and to an airport limo that awaited. Our driver spoke limited-English, pleasant and appreciated my attempts to communicate with my limited understanding of Mandarin. We arrived 40 minutes later to our hotel and started adjusting to a 12-hour time difference and the fact that it was already the next calendar day.
We visited four UNESCO World Heritage sites over a period of 7 days. Our first excursion was a 4-hour walking tour through the Forbidden City, home to 24 Emperors from 1507-1967. The preservation of the beauty and culture, of the Ancient Palaces, was by far one of most impressive sites that represent China’s history and formation and the end to imperial ruler and the establishment of the People’s Republic of China founded by Mao Tse Tung (Mao Zedong). We ended our evening with a very popular Bejing Acrobatic Show at the Chaoyang Theatre.
We traveled on the Bejing Subway, although a challenge at first, as all writing was written in Mandarin, we figured out the lines and connection points. The train system was clean, fast and safe, with guards at every station and in each car. There are approximately 30 million people who live in Bejing as compared to the 1 million that live in New York City, so it was quite impressive how orderly and efficient large crowds move in and out of the trains. The Panda House was a change of pace and relaxing as climbing was not required. We came across Swan Lake, an unexpected surprise, with a peaceful lake filled with a dozen swans, storks, ducks and a lake framed by weeping willows and cherry blossoms. It was beyond imagination and felt like walking into a Chinese painting.
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Posted: May 7, 2019