Playing in the clouds

17 Jul

At the end of June our entire team went for team-building in Zhangjiajie which is in Hunan province.  Hunan may be most famous for being the home of Mao Zedong, however Zhangjiajie is newly rediscovered in China because it is where they shot a good portion of scenery for last year’s blockbuster “Avatar.”  Our schedule included rafting, climbing mountains, hikes through the forest and some optional events like seeing the evening show with the mountains as backdrop or getting a foot massage (needed after climbing mountains).

Unfortunately the weather conspired against us.  The first day it was too dangerous to raft because of heavy rains which had turned the river very turbulent – too turbulent for our novice group and the last day it was very cloudy which making taking pictures difficult.  That said a good time was had by all.

I have included a few pictures below.

Teambuilding or traveling with colleagues is a cultural difference, but is actually pretty common here – “market median” when we consult to clients. I can’t imagine in Chicago asking the entire department to travel together over a weekend. While initially I was skeptical, I had a very good time – ate lots of spicy food (Hunan’s specialty) and feel that I now know my colleagues at a deeper level.

I wonder where we’ll go next year?


9 Responses to “Playing in the clouds”

  1. Mike Butchart July 17, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    Wow. If we’d had something like this at work I may never have retired. I hope all is well with you as we are enduring some very hot weather and lack of rain. Emily and Greg will be in town next weekend (it’s Greg’s mothers birthday) and we will be traveling to Hilton Head with Julie in late September.
    I’m hearing something going boom outside and had to look as this is the weekend of the baloon festival (backat at Sharp Park) and the civil war muster. The boom is the fireworks and not a civil war batle reenactment.
    Take care and I’ll continue with the weekly update!

  2. Emily July 17, 2011 at 8:47 pm #

    Greta it is so great to hear you musings and look at your pictures. I look forward to reading about what you are doing.

  3. cory July 18, 2011 at 2:47 pm #

    how far of a flight/train is it from shanghai to zhangjiajie? sounds like a great place to visit.

    • gkm2011 July 19, 2011 at 7:51 am #

      The flight was just less than 2 hours, but when we researched the train it was an overnight train ride of almost 20 hours because there are no fast trains.


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