After three fabulous days at the DMI conference in Boston, I am now in Beijing, China for the ICOGRADA conference. No jet lag yet, I did the wonderful thing of getting at traditional Thai massage last evening. I could feel my Yin/Yang channels opening as Nan worked my acupuncture points and aching muscles. I did not sleep at all on the flight to Beijing, but did finish reading two books: Roger Martin's The Design of Business: Why Design Thinking Is the Next Competitive Advantage, who I saw present at AIGA's National Conference the week before, and Stieg Larsson's the Girl Who Played with Fire. Both were excellent ways to spend the flight.
Travel has not been seamless, but everything has worked out in the end. The airline did not have my vegetarian meal, but I had brought snacks just in case. I had given the Hotel car pickup my wrong flight number. I gave the one from LAX to SFO instead of SFO to PEK. While the car service guys was on the phone with the Hotel, I saw my name as his sheets of names slid out of his hands and thus found him. Students and staff at the hotel are very friendly, but it is difficult to community due to language barriers.
The drive from the airport to the City was striking with all the new construction. I don't think any of the trees were more than 5-10 years old. I was surprised by how few vehicles there were on the road until we got closer to the City and the traffic increased. There seems to be a lot of toll roads from the airport to the City.
The City itself is immerse with its high rise towers. Le Sorbusier's model cities are alive in Beijing. I have not had the opportunity to explore, but will later this afternoon.
Today, I am attending the General Assembly. Or at least the first half of it, the second half I need to take a tour of the Summer Palace. Since Educational members don't vote on Professional member agenda's, it is going to be okay to miss it. I am supposed to take a full day tour tomorrow, but I may miss it and just take one when the Conference is in full run.
I had a great Chinese breakfast today of vegetable bun, steamed rice in bamboo, peas with picked radish, and boiled egg in tea. I thought I would try the favors of Chinese cuisine before eating the usual yogurt and cereal.
I have to go register now, so more in the evening.