In the spirit of catching up on overdue blog posts, I wanted to share some of my impressions from my trip to Hong Kong. I was able to take some classes from Chinese University of Hong Kong professors, and I found it fascinating how the "One Country, Two Systems" approach is working and enjoyed learning about all the various accounting problems with Chinese publicly-listed firms and meet with some local companies over there. It was my first time in Asia, and I loved the old temples and eastern architecture. The food was, to put it mildly, a bit too exotic for my taste (details below), but besides that, I had a great time. Definitely can't wait to go back and see other countries in Asia sometime in the future.
Day 2 impressions
I'm on the plane to Hong Kong and about to spend a week learning about doing business in China through a UCLA Anderson trip. I'm very excited because this is my first trip to Asia, and I'm interested in learning about how entrepreneurship and small business works over there.
I've heard the architecture and culture are very different from the United States, though Hong Kong I expect won't be as drastic of a departure. Even so, I hope to get a flavor for some of the more traditional culture, architecture, food, and music while I'm there. I'm looking forward to meeting with real businesses, getting to know the business students at Chinese University Hong Kong, and trying to some real dim sum. I've also heard the light show at the harbor is beautiful, and I'm a big fan of light shows.
Also, as someone with a finance background, I'm excited to see one of the four "Asian Tigers" and one of the world's financial centers in action. I've heard that relationships and personal contacts are much more critical in Asian business, and I'm looking forward to learning more about that. Do people "network"? How do you meet new people? Do people give each other intros? How prevalent is bribery?
Overall, I'm very excited and will report what I learn soon.
Below are great articles I've run across in my preparations and research.
WSJ: After Earning Cash in China, The Trick Is Getting It Out
WSJ: DreamWorks in China
Really interesting article about modern HK-Mainland relations: MSNBC: Birth rights battle: China vs. Hong Kong
Understanding China and censorship: MakeUseOf: How To See If Any Website Is Blocked In China
An Overview On Doing Business In China: Intro, Full
Foreign Entrepreneurs in China: A JV Survival Guide: Article 1, Article 2
BBC: Hong Kong entrepreneur finds opportunity in city’s darkest moment
TechCrunch: From Zynga To Flipboard: Why All Eyes Are On China For The Next Mobile Boom
WSJ: China Premier Wen Jiabao Backs Financial Market Reform
9 Trends in Chinese Entrepreneurship
In search of best dim sum in Hong Kong
I was lucky to visit Walt Disney World for the first time in my life this past week. On the one hand, the weather was great, but on the other, it was the busiest week possible for the theme parks. Given the craziness of the week, I learned a lot of lessons during the trip on what worked and didn't work. I also spent some time researching and preparing for the trip beforehand at the recommendation of some good friends, and I just wanted to share what I learned in case it can help other travelers.
The advice and observations below are made from the perspective of a twenty-something male with no children and a large appetite for action and rides, so the points below might not apply to everyone.