This is the third week in a row I have had a long road trip to a second tier city for work. Two weeks ago it was Yangzhou, last week Changshu and this week Hangzhou. Hangzhou was an overnight stay and to tell you the truth, not something I was really looking forward to.
Shame on me! It was an incredible experience and just what I needed to get out of my funk.
The hotel and conference center was enormous in the Qixi wetland park resort. Each room had a balcony overlooking water and bamboo. There was even a comfortable sofa outside with a place to put up my feet.
Cleverly the conference organizers allocated enough time at lunch to go back to my room and rest. I curled up on the sofa and let the peacefulness wash over me. Nothing disturbed the quiet save an occasional bird. It was wonderful.
I think that is the amazing part of China – even a business trip can turn into a mini-respite as long as I have eyes to see.
Before we left the hotel gave each guest a box of moon cakes. I haven’t opened mine yet, but it seems an appropriate gift. I could see myself returning to take a walk under the full moon and enjoy the autumn weather.
How do you celebrate fall? Where is your escape? Have you ever found peace in an unexpected place?