GEMBA Exploring China #1 – Huang Shan

Huang Shan is a famous mountain area in southern Anhui province in eastern China.

The area is well known for its scenery, sunsets, peculiarly shaped granite peaks. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Much of Huang Shan’s reputation derives from its significance in Chinese art and literature. The mountains have also appeared in modern works. James Cameron, director of the 2009 film Avatar, cited Huang Shan as one of his influences in designing the fictional world of that film.

Our GEMBA family were therefore inspired to visit. On 22 May 2015, a group of eight GEMBAs departed Shanghai to explore Huangshan, the first stop of the GEMBA alumni activity series, “GEMBA Exploring China”.

Our GEMBAs hailed from the U.S., Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and mainland China. Aside from the impressive five wonders of Huang Shan, they also visited the well-preserved and ancient Xi Di village. Xi Di has earned a place in the World Heritage List for its long history, country scenery, and well-preserved buildings dating hundreds of years. It has memorial archways and many memorial halls.

Our GEMBAs gained an increased appreciation of Anhui Province’s role in Chinese history and culture, learning about Hui culture, why the city of Hefei is so named, how Hui cuisine is one of the eight major cuisines in China, and the ancient meaning of the exquisite carvings on door frames and lattice walls. The team looks forward to sharing this understanding with their fellow alumni and other friends.

“GEMBA Exploring China”, is a GEMBA alumni initiative launched earlier this year. We’re headed to Hangzhou, our second destination, in early July. Join us! Contact gemba.alumni@sjtu.edu.cn for details.

GEMBAs hiking at Xi Hai Grand Canyon in Huang Shan.

GEMBAs hiking at Xi Hai Grand Canyon in Huang Shan.

Group photo on Huang Shan.

Group photo on Huang Shan.

Flying Stone, Huang Shan.

Flying Stone, Huang Shan.

The typical decoration in Xi Di Village

The typical decoration in Xi Di Village – the clock in the middle with the China bottle on the right and the mirror on the left representing “ping (瓶) Jing(镜) Zhong Shen (钟声)”, which means peace forever.

The exquisite carvings on lattice walls in Xi Di Village.

The exquisite carvings on lattice walls in Xi Di Village.

Group photo in Xi Di Village.

Group photo in Xi Di Village.

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