你好 This translates to Hello in Chinese!
Summer has come and gone and it seems like the older I get the faster the seasons come and go! I had an enjoyable summer with the highlight being the incredible opportunity to visit China as a part of a tour offered by the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce.
We landed in Beijing and spent 3 days visiting this amazing city filled with history and beauty. We spent time at Summer Palace where former emperors would visit during the hot summer months. This magnificent area is surrounded by a manmade lake that has water lilies and flowers that add to its beauty. There were many statues, each representing different meanings with the Chinese people. Did you know that a lion represents power? A rock symbolizes wealth? And their lucky number is 9?
We went to the Ming Tombs which date back to the 1300s and I also toured the Jade Factory. I learned that the Chinese people believe that wearing jade brings health and good luck so of course, I purchased a bracelet that will hopefully provide good fortune and good health in the upcoming future. The highlight of my trip was going to The Great Wall. To say I was in awe is an understatement! Having the opportunity to see one of the 7 wonders of the world is something I can check off my bucket list! They started building the wall in the 1400s and it spans over 3600 miles. We also had a visit to The Birds Nest, the 2008 Olympic venue where Michael Phelps won 8 medals. We also toured Tien eh Mien Square, which is the largest square in the world and can accommodate ½ of a million people. I took a rickshaw ride in Hutong and shared a homemade meal with a local Chinese family. I consumed rice and watermelon every day and I learned to eat with chop sticks! I also had a traditional Peking Duck dinner which was delicious to say the least.
Off to X'ian which is the former capital of China. China has 32 providences which we can compare to our states. After touring the matriarchal museum we headed to another highlight of the trip, to see the Terra Cotta Warriors. This is the area where Platoons of clay soldiers were buried with China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang Di, to accompany him during his eternal rest. What a sight to see as there are 3 pits of soldiers numbering over 8,000 of them of which 2,000 are available for viewing.
Our final stop was the lovely city of Shanghai which is home to 24 million people! They consider this a more prosperous city than Beijing as many companies conduct business here. I took the Meg Lev train which is the fastest high speed train in the world and can travel up to 268 miles per hour. What an experience! We also saw the "trio" which are 3 buildings that have 88 floors, 101 floors and 125 floors which is the second highest building in the world. These enormous structures boost architectural designs that are a wonderful sight to see.
My trip was an unforgettable opportunity, which I will share with others for years to come. With Stat International having virtual presence in 39 different countries around the world, this trip has provided valuable insight into the values, history and beauty that has made China a country rich in heritage and principles. I want to thank Richard Stat for allowing me this experience which has enhanced my global perspective.
Please click here to view some of the pictures I took while I was in China.
直到下个月 Until next month...
Lori L. Davis
Executive Operations Manager