Study Abroad China: Itinerary March 23-30, 2019

Arrival Instructions: Beijing

BeijingIndividual transfers (cost covered on your own). Go to official taxi-stand line located a few levels down from arrivals. Rate from the airport to hotel about 100-150 RMB ($16-22)

Group Transfer for flights arriving at 4pm, meet local guide, David in the baggage claim area - he will have a Willamette University MBA logo sign

Check into hotel, dinner on your own

Novotel Xinqiao Beijing1 Chong Wen Men West Street, Dongcheng District

Novotel Beijing Xinqiao北京新侨诺富特饭店 

 Add: 1 Chong Wen Men West Street, Dongcheng District 

 地址: 东城区崇文门西大 1 

 Tel: +86 10 6513 3366 

Centrally located within walking distance of the Forbidden City, Tianmen square, Temple of Heaven, National Museum of China, Wanfujing (pedestrian street - food vendors), and Chongwenmen subway station (line 2 & 5)

8:45am Depart hotel (Dress Code: Casual, arrive early!)
2:30pm Estimated return to hotel, lunch included
5:50pm Depart for dinner

Cultural Visit: Great Wall of China, Mutianyu

Students will meet in the morning for a full day trip to one of the best-preserved and popular sections of the great wall built by the Qi Dynasty (550-557AD). This section of the wall is about 40 miles to the north of Beijing. We will have an opportunity to walk and explore the wall.

Dinner with alumni, Peking Duck dinner at Bianyifang restaurant

便宜坊烤鸭Bianyi Fang Beijing Duck (新世界店)
Address: 3/F,New World Department Store, No.5 Chongwenmen street


8:30am Depart hotel and take the subway (Dress Code: Business Formal, *bring your passport for the US embassy visit*)
6:15pm estimated return to hotel, lunch included

10am-12pm DeHeng Law Firm

DeHeng Law Firm, one of the leading private law firms with 37 domestic and foreign branches and over 2500 legal service professionals. DeHeng has been involved in the economy's reform and opening-up including being recognized for 'Best IPO of the Year", "Equity Market Deal of the Year" and "Best Equity Transaction of the Year". This visit has been arranged by alum, Shanbo Zhang

Lunch on the bus

1pm - 2:30pm US Commercial Service

The US Commercial Service in China offers valuable assistance to American businesses exporting goods and services to China. One of the Trade Specialists will provide an overview of US Business in China. 

3:50 - 5:00pm Bethel China (NGO)

Bethel China "Love is Blind" project  runs five centers for blind children drawing from 35 orphanages across China and  does outreach and educational training for for parents and caregivers. Their vision is to see children with visual impairments living life to the fullest.  The visit will include a tour of the facility, and a meeting with Allie Haaz, Development Director. 

Dinner on your own

8:45am Depart hotel (Dress Code: Business Professional)
2:15pm Depart hutong for company visit
6:00pm Estimated return to hotel

Cultural Visits

1. Tiananmen Square & the Forbidden city 

2. Lunch with a family in a local Hutong (older, traditional neighborhoods)

3. (Optional) Rickshaw Tour


3:00pm - 5:00pm DHgate

Visit with alum, Dongyi (Sarah) Li - Business Development Manager and her colleague the Senior Brand Manager, Jay Yan is a global business-to-business e-commerce business that facilitates the sale of manufactured products from small and medium enterprises to buyers online. 

Dinner on your own

Check out of hotel and bring suitcases onto the bus

8:15am Depart hotel (Dress Code: Business Professional)

8:00pm Estimated arrival at hotel in Shanghai, lunch included

9:00am - 10:30am PADI

PADI, an international Scuba Diving organization will include a visit with General Manager Ms Yan Lou

The presenter, Ms. Yan Lou, has an MBA degree from Columbia University, was also a principle at BCG then the GM of Timberland in China.  PADI has been dominating the new uprising scuba diving marketing in China.  She is an excellent resource to ask about marketing, general business in China and even how it is like to work in China after a US education. US PADI website.

11:00-12:45pm Lunch Debrief of Beijing visits with Professor Gary Knight


2:00pm - 6:28pm high speed train to Shanghai "Beijing-Shanghai" Train G3

Check into hotel: An Ting Villa Hotel, 46 Anting Rd, Xuhui District, Shanghai 

Located in the picturesque French Concession neighborhood close to numerous restaurants and interesting sites such as Sun Yat-sen's home, Shanghai Arts & Crafts Museum, the Propaganda Museum and the Taiking road market. Shanghai local guide will hold a brief introduction to Shanghai, hotel, and the surrounding areas.

Dinner on your own

7:00am - Depart hotel (Dress Code: Business Professional)
5:30pm - Estimated return to hotel, lunch included

8:00am - 9:30am Intel Corporation

At Intel Corporation, we will visit with Lex Basits, Greater Asia Finance Recruiting, Integration and Training Manager. Several of our alumni work for Intel and this visit was arranged through our alum, Kevin McClaughry. Intel Corporation has been recognized by Fortune Magazine as one of the worlds most admired companies (#45 in 2018). Intel is more than processors, they are solving global challenges and disrupting industies with cloud, Internet of Things and much more. 

10:30am - 12:00pm OMD

We will visit with Samantha Jahnke, Head of Digital, a friend of Professor Gary Knight 

OMD, a multinational integrated communications agency will discuss three trends:

The Great Wall of China & the Key Digital Platforms in China:  Explaining why platforms are different here and the BATJ, who they are and how they differ from the large digital platforms in the US (Google, Amazon, Facebook)

Power of Mobile & QR codes in China:  Review of WeChat the Super App, showcase of how everything is done on mobile including mobile payment, paying your utility bills, your cell phone, getting a bike off the street, ordering a didi, etc.  And how this is spilling over into retail with new retail like Hema.

Digital Media Trends in China:  Review key digital trends and case studies of how brands are succeeding in China

Lunch on the bus

2:00pm - 4:00pm Baosteel Visit

Baosteel Group is the fifth-largest steel producer in the world and is a state-owned iron and steel company headquartered in Shanghai. We will visit  with the public relations team and then have a tour of the vast facility.

Dinner on your own

7:00pm - (Optional) Nanjing East Road, the Bund and the Huangpu River Cruise

7:15am Depart hotel (Dress Code: Business Professional)
5:30pm estimated return to hotel, lunch included

9:00am - 11:00am BD Rapid Diagnostics Co, Ltd

Visit with Simon Xia, Plant Manager, arranged by the mother of alum, Kathleen French who visited China with us in 2014. 

BD is a global medical technology company that leads the world in health by improving medical discovery methods, medical diagnostics and quality of care. BD is eye-catching in the field of protecting patients and health care workers, strengthening medical research and clinical laboratory construction. The company provides innovative solutions to help advance medical and genomics research, enhance the diagnosis of infectious diseases and cancer, improve drug management, promote infection prevention, provide tools for surgery and interventional therapy, and support diabetes management.

11:40-1:30pm Lunch and Debrief with Professor Gary Knight

2:30pm - 4:00pm Zhouzhuang water township cultural visit, the "Venice of the East"

7:00pm Alumni dinner at Heji Xiaocai Restaurant

Traditional Shanghai dishes with soup dumplings (xiaolongbao).
Heji Xiaocai和记小菜
Address: 3F, Golden Magnolia Plaza, No.1 Dapu Road

Students depart for the USA. 

2:30pm Group departs hotel for 5:50pm flight Air Canada 26

Individual departures via taxi or train

Exchange rate: $1 is 6.72 RMB, ATMS take US debit cards

Sign up for WeChat, and join our Willamette MBA group

Expected weather: Beijing 32F -54F degrees,  Shanghai 41F - 55F

Dress: Business Professional most days, bring one Business Formal outfit, casual for cultural visits

Business cards: Bring plenty and pass out with two hands

Real China Guides: David in Beijing, Zoe in Shanghai

Willamette : Beth Ursin, Gary Knight

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