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With gratitude to the Victorian Government, Deakin University and Huawei Technologies, I have had an amazing and informative week spending time in China. I was one of 9 students selected from Victorian universities who participated in a comprehensive whirlwind 5 day tour of visiting the World Expo, Huawei Technologies and a university, as well as fitting in some sight-seeing.
We met our Huawei guide, Luke Coleman, at Tullamarine airport, and then set off for China, arriving in Shanghai in the evening. After a short bus trip, we settled into the 5 star Purple Mountain Hotel - which was to be our base for the first 3 nights.
We visited Huawei Shanghai Campus - it is huge!!! We were given a most informative overview of the technologies that Huawei is involved in researching and producing. The demonstrations gave us an insight into how fast technology is travelling.
We then visited a local market before having lunch at a very popular dumpling restaurant. People were queuing for a couple of hours for a table, but we were able to secure a private room without having to wait. After lunch we visited a traditional Chinese garden next to the restaurant. It was very crowded. I have never seen so many fish (carp) in a fish pond!
That night the Victorian Government hosted the Official Welcome Dinner at the Ritz-Carlton. Patrick Stringer, the Commissioner - Greater China Chief Representative, gave us insight into Victoria-China relations.
We spent the day exploring the massive World Expo in Shanghai. Every pavilion had long queues but thankfully we were escorted into the Australian pavilion and didn't need to wait. Although we couldn't see many due to time restraints, the Australian pavilion was definitely one of the better, more innovative displays
That evening we visited the old part of Shanghai and had dinner at a restaurant specialising in traditional Shanghai food.
Up early (6am start) to catch a flight to Shenzhen to see the Huawei headquarters. We were given several very interesting information sessions and tours at the Product Exhibition Hall, Data Centre, Automatics Logistics Centre, Baicao Garden Staff Apartments and the Global Training Centre.
We then visited the China Folk Culture Villages and viewed a traditional Chinese performance.
We visited Fu Dan University. Lots of open space and lots of bicycles! After visiting an antique market it was time for us to get on the plane back to Melbourne.
"I had a fantastic time - learning about Huawei Technologies, learning about China, learning about the World Expo and meeting and networking with students having similar interests. I thank everyone involved for allowing me to have such a wonderful week!" - Tim.