In China, it is very common for large corporations to hold group outings to promote team unity. My husband’s company is no exception. Once a year Chris and his colleagues trek into the woods for a weekend of hiking, boating, eating, chest beating, and bonding. This year I got to join the corporate outing, a family affair at Qiandaohu (Thousand Island Lake).
|The fresh air and clean water at Qiandaohu was a welcome break from Shanghai.|
After a 4.5 hour road trip and a dinner that included fishhead soup, we arrived at the Qiandaohu Hilton.
|I was excited to finally see a Chinese Truck Stop. They are very similar to American stops, but have lots of street food.|
|Life at the Hilton wasn't too rough.|
|I enjoyed the soup, but avoided eating the fish head.|
The first day’s paper itinerary stated we would be taking a cruise around the lake. When I heard the word cruise, I thought I would be taking a nice boat ride. I had no idea we would be in for so much more!
|Our first cruise stop was Longshan Island.|
|Longshan Island had many anti-corruption sculptures. In this sculpture, the hand of justice is arm wrestling with the hand of corruption.|
|The kids had a great time monkeying around with the statues.|
|At our second stop, we had a chance to feed some koi.|
|We also had a chance to hold a python. Don't worry Mom, it's mouth was rubber banded shut.|
|We had a great time cruising the lake in comfort.|
|When going on corporate outings, make sure to wear sturdy, comfortable shoes. Chris climbed 3000 steps at the third island to take this shot.|
The second day we went to the Vertical Cloud Tongtian River. Again, I was expecting a quiet boat ride down a river. Instead we went spelunking.
|The cave I saw in China was much different than the caves I visited as a 5th grader in the States. All of the walkways were well lit and paved.|
|I never saw such colorful stalactites and stalagmites!|
|Nonetheless, the formations were quite breath taking.|
|We cruised around the cave in small boats. Midway through our trip, an elevator lowered our boat to a different part of the cave. I felt like I was on a slow amusement park ride.|
|Some of the kiddos paddled their families' boat.|
Even though the trip wasn’t what I expected, Qiandaohu was a great mini-vacation. I highly recommend it for folks who want a quiet, family-friendly get away. I’d return for some fresh air and clean water.
|No corporate outing is complete without the traditional group picture. I had a great time getting to know Chris' colleagues!|