January 7th, 2011
This is the first in a two-part series describing Sandy’s recent trip to China. You can read the second part here.
As much time as I spend in various cities and countries around the world, most of my trips are usually one or two dimensional. I am there for work or for vacation, for a specific purpose or for none at all. I stay in one hotel and I share my time with the same people.
In the case of my recent trip to China, however, just the opposite was true. It had been more than 30 years since I last visited the Middle Kingdom as part of the round-the-world journey I enjoyed after taking the bar exam in 1981. This time, I was here to work and to tour, to attend two very focused seminars and to learn about the culture in general.
Needless to say, much had changed since I last came to China’s shores—and some things seemed not to have changed at all. I spent time in two cities: Shanghai, a massive place of 20 million people, once considered the Paris of the Orient and now the New York of Asia. I also visited the ancient city of Xi’an, home to more than 8 million people but not yet to the many technological and economic advances so evident in Shanghai. Read More »