Taking advantage of their first Spring Break in years, a group of Leeds MBA students packed their bags and jumped on a plane to…China?
The ten-day trip through Beijing, Suzhou and Shanghai was the culmination of the spring class, Global Perspectives: Contrasting Operations in US and China, taught by Lori Seward. Throughout the trip, we met with US and Chinese business leaders, including a handful of Leeds alumni, on contrasting business practices and the challenges and opportunities provided in China. We also toured several business and industrial sites including Xiaomi, Yangshan Port (the world’s largest deep water port), Lenovo, SPD Silicon Valley Bank and Jaunt VR.
Though the entire trip was one long highlight, some standout moments include hiking up to the Great Wall and subsequently riding toboggans down it, visiting the Beijing Olympic Park already being prepared for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games and witnessing the grandeur of the Bund in Shanghai. And did I mention the food? I strongly believe that dumplings and noodles should be present at every meal in the US.
All in all, #springbreakchina was a huge success and a business and cultural eye-opener. Jetlagged and hazy, we all agreed that a return trip to uncover more of China’s fascinating and complex intricacies is in order.