Thursday 24 September 2015

Come Together 2015

Volunteering at Come Together 2015 on behalf of The ODM Group was a great experience. The festival is an annual charity music festival that brings expats and locals together, supporting the local community and raising an outstanding amount for charity.

The Charities

Being Southern China's largest charity concert, we raised lots of money for Zhuhai Autism society, specialised in educating children with autism. This charity empowers young children with Autism, a great cause and a brilliant festival.

We also raised money for the Charity Promotion Association of Zhuhai, another great cause trickling down through charities around Zhuhai, providing assistance to vulnerable sectors of society.

The Events 

Many of Zhuhai's local bars and restaurants held tents in the food and drinks area from London Lounge to Jewel of India, all collectively raising money from their sales. A wide variety of food and drinks where available, western and eastern.

The Acts this year were phenomenal, bands played throughout the day in Beishan theater, bringing an electric atmosphere to a beautiful venue. The acts ranged from relaxing in the day and peaked towards the end of the event with high energy songs like "Hey Jude". Everyone was encouraged to get on stage and sing along.

I am sure next year will be another successful festival, with the support of companies like The ODM Group and others around Zhuhai, and the support of the local community, this has had a real impact on children in less fortunate situations. 

Keep your eyes open for next years event and be sure to support and have a great time!

Tuesday 22 September 2015

My first Few Days In China

My First Few Days In China 

 After recently graduating from university In Cardiff,  I've finally started my next big journey in Zhuhai, China! After recently arriving from a small town (Tamworth) in a relatively small country (geographically), to huge, busy and vibrant country my expectations of being culturally and academically immersed  have not been disappointed. 

This is what motivated me to come here, and to work for The ODM Group to improve and expand upon what I have previously learnt about cultures and business practices. The beginnings of what will one day hopefully set me on a path to a successful career.

Starting my journey off in Hong Kong my initial impressions of China was of a dense, exciting, Multicultural place with massive skyscrapers the like of which I've never seen before. 

After spending one night in Hong Kong I travelled next to Macau a similar place due to its high western influence but a big twist of being very much casino and gambling orientated city that definitely deserved the title of 'eastern Las vegas'. 

Finally it was off to Zhuhai, where I will be living for the next 2 months. When I arrived I found a city with big open green spaces and pleasant beaches contrasting to the claustrophobic manic streets of Hong Kong and Macau. What I wasn't expecting was the vast difference between the post-colonial settlements of Hong Kong and Macau and mainland China . Everything from the food, landscapes, mannerisms and the lack of english speakers all overwhelmed me at first! But now I have managed to take control of the situation and I'm ready to go head first into the remainder of my time China and I can honestly said I'm filled with immense excitement of whats to come.  

My Two Month Internship in Zhuhai, China

My days are numbered here in Zhuhai, China. Now, during my last days it's time to do a review on my experiences in this beautiful country.
As I already wrote about Chinese food, I want to focus on the amazing landscape and and the city of Zhuhai. 

One of the things I will never forget is Chinese nature with its incredible landscapes like on Wailingding Dao. Wailingding Dao is one of Zhuhai's 146 islands and with the ferry about 2 hours away from Zhuhai. There aren't any cars on the island and the air is very good, a pleasure in China. On my Wailingding trip with the other interns, we explored a Chinese jungle path with huge spiders and on its end we found an moldered "Mad-Max-esque" quarry with this flooded gravel pit.

My Two Month Internship in Zhuhai, China
The location of my internship, Zhuhai is a wonderful city. With the Fisher Girl as its landmark and located on the seaside it's an amazing place to be.
Being as the area Guangdong is the cleanest area in China and an economically important place, it is a great spot for an internship, as it's so close to Hong Kong and Macao.

My Two Month Internship in Zhuhai, China
My Two Month Internship in Zhuhai, China
I'll spend my last weekend in China in Hong Kong and I'm really looking forward to the day I'm coming back to China and especially back to the wonderful city Zhuhai. 

In the end I want to thank InternChina to make the last two month possible and especially The ODM Group for this great internship!

See you!

Sunday 6 September 2015

Chinese holidays - Guangzhou trip

As some of you might know, this week it was a special 3-day holiday as the way to celebrate the victory over Japan in the World War II. I have been here for a month already and this holiday was the longest time off work I have had here so far. So I thought it would be a waste of time not to go travelling.

Guangzhou was the right choice for that, one of the biggest cities in China with population over 14 million and lots of tourism attractions, it was a very promising trip. Below I highlighted some of the must-see places.
Chinese holidays - Guangzhou trip

Canton tower

I started off with one of the most famous attraction of the city. One of the iconic buildings that makes up Guangzhou’s famous skyline and is also known as the world’s tallest TV tower.
I would recommend to go to the Four Seasons’ bar on the top floor – one of the best places to enjoy spectacular view on the Pearl Delta River and the whole city, while sipping a drink or two.
Chinese holidays - Guangzhou trip

Beijing Lu

Beijing street is a place to be if you want to shop and practise your bargaining skills. Or simply feel the atmosphere of Asian market stalls and try one of the most amazing street food. Personally, I highly recommend Pekin duck wraps – it is the best snack.

Chinese holidays - Guangzhou trip

To sum up, it was a really great trip and definitely one of the most memorable adventures I have had during my stay in China.

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