By Jürg Steudler
Our on site-trip has finally started. The whole delegation of about 25 students as well as several university lectures is visiting China. The study trip mainly focuses on transferring knowledge between senior executives, government officials, Chinese universities and FHNW students. This will be achieved by visits of companies, public institutions and universities. Regarded as an outstanding journey, it is a must for everybody who seeks to broaden one’s horizon in a unique manner and who would like to discover how Chinese do business in real.
After a long and quite exhausting journey, we arrived in the afternoon at our first destination Beijing. Right after landing, we changed our clothes at the airport for our visit at the Swiss Embassy in Beijing. For dinner, we already started with traditional Chinese food in a restaurant close to the embassy. After dinner, we rounded off the evening with some drinks in a bar.
The next day started in the early morning with our first company visit at Lenovo.
Having arrived at the Lenovo Campus, we got a short introduction into the history of Lenovo. Furthermore, they presented different devices and some new technologies like changeable smartphone covers for different purposes. Afterwards we got an insight into the Lenovo testing lab, where the devices get tested. The visit was closed by a marvelous lunch at the Lenovo cantina.
After a short break at the hotel to change into some casual clothes, we went further to the Forbidden City in the center of Beijing. Jessy, our Chinese tour guide, told us a lot of facts and figures about the famous palace complex. After an hour walking tour through the famous building, taking a lot of pictures by ourselves or getting used as a photo object for other tourists, we moved further to the Tiananmen Square. The square contains the Monument to the People’s Heroes, the Great Hall of the People, the National Museum of China, and the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong. After a short stay at the square, we headed off to get our dinner.
In a traditional Chinese restaurant, we had our dinner, which was a fantastic Chinese hotpot. Later in the evening, we went to a karaoke club to finish the day with some funny interpretation of different songs and grab some beer together.