I recently took an overseas work trip to China. It was my second time visiting, and it was nice to know what to expect this time around to truly enjoy my time there! When we travel for work, the days are sometimes really long and filled with meetings, but it’s also nice to be able to travel for free and be able to stay in nicer hotels (and 12 hour flights in business class!).
Because we traveled over a couple of weekends, we also got a few free afternoons and days off, which were great, even though we mostly just sat at the hotel pools.
We spent most of the trip in Shenzhen, which was my first time in the city. The city doesn’t feel all that different from the US, and it was really easy to navigate! One cool part of the trip was that we got to do day trips to more remote areas of China that were beautiful. I didn’t realize there were such rural and mountainous regions of the country.
The biggest hurdle for traveling for me is to find vegetarian food. It’s sometimes hard to find things that aren’t fish/meat based, but I usually don’t have an issue in bigger cities and at more western hotels, like the Ritz Carlton that we stayed at. Although I do feel like I sometimes end up eating pizza for every meal!
After Shenzhen, we traveled to Hong Kong for a quick overnight stay. Hong Kong was stunning and I am sad I didn’t spend more time there– it is definitely a place that I want to go back to. The city is the most beautiful combination of city, water, and green mountains! After that, we headed off to Vietnam, which I will save for another day.
Enjoy a few pictures from my travels below!