The Trip: 2017 Henan FAM trip and tour
Location: Luoyang and Kaifeng in the province of Henan, China
Miles Traveled: 17,966
Destination Highlight: The warmth and friendliness of the Chinese people
I’ve had the opportunity to travel to many countries around the globe, but nowhere comes close to the amazing moments I’ve experienced when visiting China. From the vast 5,000-year history to the ever-changing modern landscape of its major cities, I’ve always found the country of China to be one of the most fascinating locations in the world.
In early April, I was invited by our client China National Tourism Board to participate in the PATA Adventure Travel Conference and Mart 2017 and to tour the major attractions in the cities of Luoyang and Kaifeng. I hadn’t been back to China since 2012 when I was studying abroad in Suzhou as an undergraduate, so attending a traditional Luoyang banquet and exploring the medieval sites of Kaifeng were the perfect reintroductions to my beloved country.
What stood out the most during my travels was the geniality of the locals. The residents of Luoyang and Kaifeng are immensely proud of their history and cuisine, and they frequently walked up to our tour group to discuss sites we had visited and to offer their recommendations. Their welcoming nature encouraged me to test out a new word or phrase in Mandarin, a Chinese language known to tongue-tie non-speakers due to its complexity and nuance.
My trip to the Henan province displays the great opportunities I have working at MMGY Global. I am honored to share the beauty of my favorite country and to highlight parts of the world that still remain unknown to many American travelers.