Team Thermo Fisher: from the Great Wall to Giant Pandas

Team Thermo Fisher was in Shanghai recently, working with Thermo Fisher as part of our EWMBA IBD engagement.  During this time, Ashwin Baliga, Adrian Kok, Deba Mohanty and Riddhiman Ghosh, had an opportunity to learn more about China’s history through its many monuments.

China is a nation rich in history and sights.  From the Terracotta Warriors in Xian to the Great Wall of China, these renown landmarks offer a rich lesson in history.

The Terracotta Warriors were discovered in the mausoleum of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, near the city of Xi’an.  Entirely man made, each statue is constructed with unique features.

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The Leshan Giant Buddha is carved out of a cliff and stands 71 m (233 feet) high.  We visited this sculpture in between customer visits at the nearby city of Chengdu.  Due to the floods in Szechuan, the team had to climb down the cliffs to the base instead of arriving by boat.

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The Yangtze is the longest river in Asia, and a major transportation and trade route.  In Wuhan, the team admired the sunset over the river that flowed through the busy city.

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In Shanghai, we stood in awe of the soaring skyscrapers.  It iconic view of the Shanghai Financial Center from the Bund captures the Oriental Pearl Tower, the Shanghai World Financial Center (tallest building in China… for now) and the Shanghai Tower (under construction).

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In Beijing, the Temple of Heaven was built over six hundred years ago.  The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest is one of the most ornate buildings, built completely with wood and no nails.

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Finally, we also viewed the endangered Giant Panda in its native habitat, near Chengdu.  There is no other animal more characteristic of China: it has appeared as the Beijing Olympic mascot and often featured in cultural exchanges with various nations around the world.

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Our last stop: the Great Wall of China.  Also initiated by the first Emperor, the 13,000 mile fortification has been extended over the centuries with an estimated 25,000 watchtowers by the time of the Ming dynasty.  Today, it stands defenseless against the horde of tourists that scale its walls by the thousands.

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