Off to HK & China

Headed to the heart of the Asian Economy with NUS delegations.

Will be visiting Hongkong for 5 days and touring several universities (HK University and City University of HK), Bloomberg HK, Singtel HK, HK Monetary Authority, maybe Disneyland and Ocean Park too but to sit through conferences and presentations opposed to enjoying rides, taking pics and other touristy stuff..

Next up is to Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province, for a 2 week immersion in their local entrepreneurial climate. No detailed schedule yet but it looks to be lots of networking sessions, seminars by local professors at the local college (Zhejiang University)

Here's what Wikipedia has to say about Hangzhou,

As one of the most renowned and prosperous cities in China for much of the last 1,000 years, Hangzhou is also well-known for its beautiful natural scenery, with the West Lake (Xī Hú, 西湖) as the most noteworthy location. The GDP per capita was (ca. US$4620), ranked no. 8 among 659 Chinese cities. The 2005 overall rank of Hangzhou among all the Chinese cities is No.5. In 2004, Forbes magazine ranked Hangzhou the number 1 city in China for business.
Hangzhou appears in the Chinese saying

Born in Suzhou, live in Hangzhou, eat in Guangzhou, die in Liuzhou.

Sister City: Boston, Massachusetts

(which is a prosperous touristic and cultural destination in the U.S., as Hangzhou is in China)

Great, I am visiting the "Boston" of China. It was a borefest in the real Boston when i visited, at least there was Cambridge the college town that was the saving grace. I can only hope the contrary is true in Hangzhou.

Wil try to blog more about my trips. This is my 2nd time to CHina, after my 2002 trip to the cities of Beijing, Shanghai and Suzhou. A pity I am lacking cash, or I would have embarked on a week-long hiatus in the mountains of Tibet in a sojourn for spiritual enlightenment. Ah well, perhaps next trip to China eh? 😉

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10 thoughts on “Off to HK & China

  1. Sounds like lot of fun. I always wanted to go to China myself. Just need to save enough money for a return flight ticket and I’ll be off 🙂

    Living and travelling within China shouldn’t be that expensive is it? It might be a little bit more expensive than India, but compared to Europe or the rest of the developed Asia (Japan, HK or Sg) it should be really cheap.

  2. yeah. Harish.. its really cheap… just the ticket’s expensive. You can get a decent meal for less than $2, even cheaper if your standards for food hygiene is lower… 😀

  3. perhaps two points to take note of. 1. food hygiene is very important and the standard is definitely not as high as that in Singapore. 2. it’s always better to be accompanied by a local when you make a purchase and remember to bargain! actually i want to go to Tibet as well, but it is important and necessary to go together with a tour group… perhaps we can all go together one day… have lots of fun there!

  4. perhaps two points to take note of. 1. food hygiene is very important and the standard is definitely not as high as that in Singapore. 2. it’s always better to be accompanied by a local when you make a purchase and remember to bargain! actually i want to go to Tibet as well, but it is important and necessary to go together with a tour group… perhaps we can all go together one day… have lots of fun there! looking forward to your updates!

  5. “you can get a decent meal for less than $2”

    isn’t that singapore ;)?

  6. or maybe I’m just anorexic. have fun and keep us posted on your adventures in the wild, wild east.

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