The next two days in Dalian were more relaxing days because the days had less activities than usual on the agenda. We took the trip across the city to Dalian Nationalities University where we met up with a Chinese student who has previously studied abroad at Benedictine University. It was nice watching Aurora reconnect with classmates and professors that she had not seen in a while- life long friends that she had acquired from studying abroad. She gave us a tour of their campus, which was enormous in size, was a very modern facility. Aurora picked our lunch location for that day and made her own recommendations as to what she liked to eat. She acted as the tour guide that day since the university was in walking distance of the hotel and we had an opportunity to look into her life and not just follow an itinerary. It was fun seeing the sights that appealed to a Chinese college student and seeing what she thought we would enjoy.
As I said, Dalian is a coastal town and being located right on the water makes it an essential city for shipping and trade. The next day we went to a large port in Dalian and were able to learn about the logistics and operations of how products and goods are moved in and out of the country using the water. Being a business major this was a very interesting location to visit because it showed a facet of how business is conducted in another country. In order to do business internationally, it is essential to be able to get your products to that country. Going to the port was a look at how to go about shrinking a world and taking business outside of your own nation. We also got to your a facility that had a mini model of all of Dalian set up. It showed where it was now, and where it would be in the next 10 years. China is growing, expanding, and becoming more advanced at a rapid rate, and it was interesting to see how much change would occur in such a short amount of time.
As a business student, it is important for me to be aware of how business is conducted in other countries and also how industries are expanding around the world. Business is no longer just done at the corner store, and it is important to be aware of where it is now and where it will be in the future. As a future businesswoman myself, this kind if insight into another culture will help me immensely throughout my future endeavors.