After half a year of domestic preparations by the project team, it was time for us to go to China for a first time in 2018 in order to prepare the on-site seminar in a more detailed manner. The trip was a success all over.
Nothing beats a meeting
One can write a dozen e-mails, but a face to face meeting is irreplaceable. During our stay in China, we have met representatives from Lenovo, Inter China Consulting, Swissnex, Brugg Cables AG, M-Industries, Huawei, the Shenzhen Technology University, the Swiss Embassy, our Hotels and our local travel agency. In these meetings, we were able to discuss the respective expectations and fix certain details in order to organise an interesting and interactive on-site seminar for our delegation.
Cities which leave you speechless… literally!
For some of us, these were the first steps on Chinese soil. The hectic schedule (Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, Shenzhen in 8 days) forced us to adjust as quickly as possible. During the times which were not occupied by travelling to meetings or holding them, we discovered the unbelievable cities for ourselves. Constantly on the lookout for nice places for our delegation, we tested restaurants, checked out several sights and studied the public transportation system. This helped us to realise how massive these cities are. Many times, we were looking for the right words to describe the spectacular views and the entertaining happenings in front of our eyes. China really is different to Switzerland and experiencing it first hand is truly broadening one’s horizon. Looking for words, by the way, is a proper way to describe a journey through this country. The language barrier is huge and English does not take you far.
On-Site, we cannot wait!
As of now, we are sitting in the airport in Beijing, waiting for our flight back home to Zurich. With a bag full of experiences and a suitcase full of to-dos, we head back full of vigour. There is still an incredible amount of work to do but the last few days have made us confident that this year’s trip to China is going to be an awe-inspiring time for our delegation and us. We cannot wait!