Visiting China: A New Country

I spent a long weekend in China. That’s an unusually short amount of time to spend in a country, especially one that requires a 12-hour transpacific flight to get to.

My overnight flight got me in the evening before I was a speaker at the International Tourism Communication forum in Beijing, sponsored by the Communications University of China. The University offers undergraduate, masters, and Ph.D. programs in a variety to television, journalisms, advertising, and realted programs. The forum was an attempt to create high level discussion on ways to improve communication within the tourism industry, and between the tourism industry and travelers.

I did have one day for touring and will have a future post about that. Till then, though, I was able to update my countries visited map.

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Mary Jo Manzanares is a traveler, travel blogger, and podcaster. In addition to her blog, Traveling with MJ, she hosts the Where Else to Go podcast, and is the founder and the editor-in-chief of The Traveler’s Way, an online travel magazine. Her travel ethos is value luxury - luxury for real people - and her goal is to help travelers know when to splurge and when to save. Mary Jo has been a speaker at various industry events around the world. When she’s not traveling, Mary Jo likes lingering over a cup of coffee, wandering in a museum, sipping wine at a cafe, and sharing it all with friends and readers. Her most recent travels were to Stockholm, a Baltic cruise, and Universal Orlando Resort.

5 Responses to “Visiting China: A New Country”

  1. May 25, 2016 at 7:29 am #

    Those short trips can be killer, but they are also a bit exhilarating too! I think we’ll make it there someday. Oh and thanks for the hint on the travel map. I may just have to make one.

    • May 25, 2016 at 8:34 am #

      It was fun, though quick. I’ve been using this map for a few years now, and do like the visual representation of how much of the world is left to see.

  2. May 25, 2016 at 9:16 am #

    I don’t envy the ratio of plane time to being there time, but it sounds like an interesting group. We’re you able to speak to any of the students individually?

  3. May 25, 2016 at 10:48 pm #

    In China to fly at least a couple of weeks!

    Be sure to visit Nanjing.
    There’s less fuss, and great platan streets.

    Be sure to try the Chinese beer in large glass bottles.
    It is made from melt water.
    With Himalaya glaciers. Very delicious.

    Yours faithfully

  4. June 15, 2016 at 7:33 pm #

    Hey Mary! We are veryyyyyyy grateful for the time and effort you took to share thoughts and experiences with us. Your insights and experiences certainly sparked a lively debate among all of those in attendance. Thank you so much again for a truly memorable presentation.
    I wish next time you will spend more time in China! I want to show you around more!!!

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