Teams from the Class of 2016 wrote about their anticipation and experiences of their recent International Business Consulting Trip to Shanghai, PR China in a series of blogs. You are currently reading the second blog in the series.
Some Down Time on Sunday as Teams Prepare for a
The Class of 2016 touched down in Shanghai on Saturday afternoon and arrived the hotel just in time to enjoy a relaxing evening exploring the surrounding area of Xintiandi North for a small dinner before going settling in for the night.
The Class of 2016 spent their first day on the ground in Shanghai exploring key attractions of the city. The rain held off long enough for our five hour tour that first took us to the Bund- a waterfront channel in central Shanghai.
The Class returned to the bus after admiring the skyscrapers of Pudong across the Bund with many group photos and selfies to hold as memories.
The next destination was a silk museum where candidates were educated on the life phases of the silk worm from moth, to egg reproduction, to worm, to cocoon and then through the extraction process of the silk from the cocoon.
The cohort then participated in stretching a piece of silk onto a duvet to add another layer to the process. This process would repeated 70 times per duvet.
After some silk shopping of duvets, covers, scarves and ties, the group moved to the final location of the tour- the Yu Garden. The Yu Garden was built in 1559 during the Ming Dynasty and provided a sense of serenity for the group within the hustle and bustle of Shanghai.
The group returned to the hotel for an afternoon of leisure and to prepare for our Opening Banquet.
The Opening Banquet
The official start to the business week here in Shanghai began Sunday evening at the Opening Banquet. This year's banquet held the largest attendance in the Program' history with clients travelling with the group as well as key contacts with in Shanghai joining the Class of 2016 for the night.
Mr. Weldon Epp, Consul and Mr. Ryan Baerg, Senior Trade Commissioner from the Canadian Consulate in Shanghai were also in attendance. Mr. Epp welcomed the group with his opening remarks and welcomed the program back to Shanghai. Both Mr. Epp and Mr. Baerg have worked with the Telfer Executive MBA program on the International Business Consulting Project in their previous posts within Guanghzhou (2014) and Chongqing (2010) respectively.
The event provided a social atmosphere and a strong platform for teams, clients and contacts to cultivate a beginning of a relationship which will continue to grow during the numerous business meetings this week.
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