Exactly a month ago today I flew to Beijing upon the invitation of the Chinese Embassy in Manila, Consul Zhou Jianhuan in particular, for a 3-week special studies on public finance and budget management. A project made possible by Beijing’s Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE) thru the coordination of the well-spirited professor, Mr. Dawei Pan. The convention also involves some forty representatives from selected developing countries around the world. The project aims to dish out China’s systematic approach to development and for an exchange of ideas between nations as to each and everyone’s financial/budgetary system . What I thought was going to be weeks of academic round table with the usual boring blah blahs of chronic governmental issues concerning developing countries, turns out to be what I have to consider as a truly magnificent and memorable adventure.
The event not only gave me the opportunity to see, walk and feel Beijing but also provided the very rare occasion of having an exceptional acquaintanceship with people of different nationalities (Africans, Middle Eastern and fellow Asians). Best of all, and unbeknownst to us attendees, CUFE organizers packed our calendar with lots of breathtaking junkets to China’s top tourist destinations.
Within the 21-day span we visited more than 10 points of interests, flew and stayed at 2 western provinces, scaled a mountain, experienced a strange traditional Chinese opera, took a sightseeing tour on an 8-hour bus ride, spoke some Mandarins, drank rice wine and roamed the four rings of the vast Beijing City. Not to mention some imprintable rip-roaring city spins. What started as a study program ended up as an all-expenses-paid vacation only the privileged few can ever dreamed of.
But since I don’t have the luxury of WordPress on that part of the globe, I shall be cluttering my site only now with more of my China swing for more weeks to come. Nǐ hǎo!