images of beijing
in beijing we stayed at the beijing international hotel, a five star hotel located at jianguomennei avenue, a very strategic location at the heart of beijing, not far from the tiananmen square, forbidden city and the famous wangfujing street.
day one was the meeting day, and it was finished quite early in the afternoon, followed by a gala dinner at the hotel. after that the host took us to see the NCPA (china national centre for the performing arts) orchestra at the beijing concert hall. actually i am not really into classical music, but i must say i quite enjoyed the 2 hours performance of the orchestra. i think the best things about servicing ministerial meetings are staying at five-star/ luxury hotel, good food, and extra activities such as going on city tour or performances like this. things that I can rarely get while attending working group level meetings.
snapshots of collections in the red sandalwood museum
baskets of handmade moon cakes
park hotel shanghai
we stayed at the park hotel shanghai, a nice hotel with european and american art deco style. originally built in 1932, it was once the first high building of far east in the thirties. the hotel is located in nanjing road, the downtown of shanghai, opposite to people's park. nanjing road is known as the main shopping street of shanghai. seeing rows and rows of shops without being able to explore it drove me nuts!!
on day three, we headed off to the expo site. we only visited several pavilions and did not have enough time to explore the whole location. i took some pictures here and there and was able to do some shop stops (in a hurry) to buy souvenirs. because of this i was once separated from the group and later received a 'death' stare from our tour leader. haha!
around 4 pm we drove back to the hotel and was given only 30 minutes time to refreshed and changed to formal attire, and then off again to a courtesy call with another party leader at another hotel.
nanjing road at night is such a beauty
the city lights was awesome. i loove city lights. the nanjing road is filled with rows of department stores (small ones 'thou), food stalls, souvenir stores, bars and coffee shops. i saw that as the night getting late, more and more people came and filled the street.