China Day 10 (Tianjin)
After today's lecture on multinational corporations and human resource management (very interesting lecture) we went to the Tianjin Museum. One of the first things we got to do in this museum is go up to the second floor which overlooked a miniature model of the City of Tianjin. This was a very impressive model and must have been worth quite the RMB. It had a lights show installed into it and showed different parts of the city and what the city might look like during the night time. It also had a video that explained Tianjin and it's rapid growth, plus how it will burst onto the global scene with a new image. We then went around the museum accompanied by two different tour guides who showed us models of important buildings and area's in Tianjin as well as area's and buildings that are in the process of being built. This was a very interesting museum and it really seems (especially with all the construction you can see outside) that Tianjin is on the road to rampant growth. We then went to the Tianjin Financial Museum which I thought was more interesting than the first museum being an Economics major and all. We first learned about Chinese currency, which evolved from seashells in 2000 BC to the RMB, today's Chinese currency. We went around the museum learning about all kinds of interesting things and there were several very cool documents around the museum. I found a copy of the US Declaration of Independence in there. We learned about different Chinese emperors and financial persons and how they effected the Chinese financial sector. My favorite part of this museum was towards the end of it where it showed a display of how the recession started. There was a rotating object with pictures such as Bernie Madoff, AIG, GMC, etc and the caption under this said "Make sure to smile, your day could be much worse!". After we left the museum we went to the Italian Style Town to look around and eat dinner. Dahui said that it would be kind of expensive to eat there, but it was well worth it. We broke into three separate groups to eat dinner so I ended up going to an Italian eatery and winery with Tom and Alex Edwards. I had a 10' salami pizza and it was 83 yuan, which converts over to around $15 USD. It was while worth it though. We then got back together with some of the other guys that ate at a French restaurant and looked at some of the shops around the Italian Style Town. There were some pretty cool things that I saw but I decided against buying anything. We ended our night after going to the Tianjin Ferris Wheel. It is taller than the Power Tower at ValleyFair and, since we went at night, the view was absolutely breath taking at the top. It was all and all a great day.