Getting to Know the Thinktankers and Some Authentic Beijing Cuisine

Beautifully Sliced 🙂

Beijing, China: Part 3 of 10

Our third day introduced us to some formal matters – institutional visits the whole day and a welcome banquet in the evening.

Loren, Guia, Jinggay, and I were assigned to visit the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) in the morning. CASS is an institution that works directly under the government and is recognized as the highest academic research organization in the fields of philosophy and social sciences.

Me, Loren, Guia, and Jinggay at CASS

In the afternoon, our group merged with another group in a visit to ZhongGuanCun Life Science Park, which is said to be the ‘Silicon Valley of China’.

“Zhongguancun had long existed since 1950’s and only became a household name in the early 1980’s. The first person who envisioned the future for Zhongguancun was Chen Chunxian, a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), who came up with the idea for a Silicon Valley in China after he visited the U.S. as part of a government-sponsored trip. The location of the Chinese Academy of Sciences within Zhongguancun reinforced, and perhaps was in part responsible for the technological growth in Beijing.”

After a day of some serious stuff, we were brought to Beijing Grand Hotel in the evening for a welcome banquet hosted by the Vice-President of All-China Youth Federation, Zhang Xiaolan. It was a night of tasting Chinese food, meeting people from ASEAN, China, Japan, and Korea, and meeting some SSEAYP alumni and organizers.

Olympics Logo Made During the Hula Hoop Show at the Welcome Banquet

…with Myanmar SSEAYP Batchmate, Nyein

Reuniting with SSEAYP Alumni and Organizers

After the welcome banquet, Edwin and I met with my Chinese PacRim friends, Zhimin and Jennifer. It was nice to see them again since after our first meeting in the US (that was only two weeks ago! Haha!). They brought us to HouHai for some Tsingtao and then to a lively street (I forgot the name though. Haha!) where the restaurants serve authentic Beijing cuisine and are opened 24-hours.

Wonderful… 🙂

…with Zhimin and Jennifer at HouHai

Let’s Talk About Food… 🙂

Yummy Spicy Crabs

A Presentation on How to Slice the Peking Duck

Really Yummy Peking Duck Soup

(Thank you Zhimin and Jennifer! 🙂 We had a wonderful time with you guys!)

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