China: September 3-16, 2004

Unfortunately, there were no quick and dirty daily updates on my China Trip since I had no computer on this trip. That's why it has taken me more than a week to post this site. Here you can find my trip journal, pictures, lecture notes, links, and recommended reading. When you are done, feel free to leave comments in the GuestBook!


On Friday, September 3rd, my classmates at the University of Cincinnati and I departed for Beijing, China. We spent our autumn break there earning 4 credit hours in International Business by attending lectures at local universities, visiting local businesses, and learning about international trade and business. Of course, we also took time out to tour a bit of the country as well. For a complete itinerary of our trip, see the document China Itinerary 2004.

Journal (last updated 28 Sep 2004)

During the trip, we kept a daily journal of our activities and our thoughts and observations. Of course, by the time I was done writing about the activities, I didn't feel much like investing a whole lot of time in additional reflection. Therefore, you won't see a whole lot of that unfortunately. It was quite a whirlwind trip, that's for sure. Enjoy the journal - all 18 pages of it.

Final Report (last updated 29 Nov 2004)

After the trip and in order to complete our course requirements, we were tasked with writing a follow-up paper. To read the paper, click the link above. For complete details on this assignment, you may read the Assignment Description Document.

Photo Albums (last updated 28 Sep 2004)

Yeah, I got a little trigger happy with the digital camera. You can find nearly 850 pictures in my complete photo album or you may review a smaller selection of less than 300 for a quick overview. The select albums are arranged by day and in some cases by activity as well.

(833 pictures)

Monday, September 6, 2004
Beijing and University (18 pictures)

Tuesday, September 7, 2004
 University (6 pictures)
Forbidden City (20 pictures)
Chinese Acrobatics (6 pictures)

Wednesday, September 8, 2004
Jade Museum (7 pictures)
Great Wall (18 pictures)
Summer Palace (10 pictures)

Thursday, September 9, 2004
Guangzhou and University (23 pictures)

Friday, September 10, 2004
University and Chamber and Meals (12 pictures)
Pearl River Cruise (13 pictures)

Saturday, September 11, 2004
Chan Clan Temple (17 pictures)
Western Han Dynasty Mausoleum (7 pictures)
Electronics Market (14 pictures)

Sunday, September 12, 2004
Chengdu (15 pictures)
Tomb of Liu Bei (17 pictures)

Monday, September 13, 2004
University and Joint Wit (14 pictures)

Tuesday, September 14, 2004
Changhong (20 pictures)
Pandas (16 pictures)
Sichuan Opera (11 pictures)

Wednesday, September 15, 2004
Chengdu Quality Inspection (11 pictures)
Giant Buddha (20 pictures)

Additional Links

Basic Chinese Expressions (html) P&G Locations in China (pdf) Pre-Reading Material (html)
Doing Business in China (pdf) Editorial on Mooncakes (html) Yu Long Friendship Store (site)
Novatel Peace Hotel,
Beijing (site)
Hotel Landmark Canton,
Guangzhou (site)
Sheraton Chengdu Lido,
Chengdu (site)
The Forbidden City (site) Western Han Dynasty Museum (site) China Daily Newspaper (site)
Chengdu Research Base of
Giant Panda Breeding (site1, site2)
Chengdu International Exhibition &
Convention Center (site)
American Chamber of
Commerce in Guangdong
Capital University of
Economics and Business,
Beijing (site)
Guangdong University of
Foreign Studies,
Guangzhou (site)
Southwest University of
Finance and Economics,
Chengdu (site) – China Council for the Promotion of International Trade – Ministry of Foreign Commerce of the People’s Republic of China – Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China – Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China – National Bureau of Statistics of China

Yahoo! News - Asian Economy
Asian Business Strategy
Worldwide calendar of holidays
Chinese Etiquette, Manners, Communication, and Geert Hofstede Analysis
China Maps - Perry-Castañeda Map Collection - UT Library Online
International Business Etiquette, Culture, and Geert Hofstede Cultural Dimensions
Lonely Planet Guide to China
NPR On the Road in China - Asia Home

Recommended Guides

Lonely Planet China - best overall guide

National Geographic Traveler China - best planning guide (for its pictures)

Fodor's China - I'll sell you mine if you really want it