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Moganshan: Bamboo, bamboo and more bamboo

Moganshan: Bamboo, bamboo and more bamboo

Last weekend it was outing time! Our company here gives each employee a budget and an extra day off to go on a trip, aka the outing, with coworkers. Thorben’s department always does something pretty fancy:ย  Japan last year and Vietnam this year – I’m still bugging him to finish his blog post. My department wanted to take it a bit easier so we stayed in China. Our destination was Moganshan, which is a 3-hour drive from Shanghai.

Moganshan or Mount Mogan is both the name of the mountain and the village we spent 2 1/2 days in. Our hotel was located on the edge of the town and – as everything in this area – was surrounded by bamboo. Besides lunch and dinner we didn’t have any planned group activities. The weekend can be summed up in a few words: Relaxing, reading, hiking and eating. Many of my coworkers brought their spouses and kid(s), so you could also call it “31 Chinese and Marina in a bamboo forest.” ๐Ÿ™‚

On Saturday and Sunday we got quite a bit of rain, so when I ventured outside the air was pretty misty. I joined some colleagues on a little hike to a waterfall on Saturday and then on a bigger one through the bamboo forest and up the hill for some good views on Sunday. Sadly, just because there is bamboo doesn’t mean there are pandas. They prefer a different he climate, so I’ll have to wait a bit longer to see some.

Monday morning we had beautiful weather but unfortunately our bus already picked us up at 10:30am. I took advantage of the sunshine for as long as I could and took lots of pictures. If anyone asks, that’s what Moganshan looked like the entire time ๐Ÿ™‚

Overall, it was a very relaxing weekend (especially after all the kids returned to Shanghai Sunday after lunch ๐Ÿ™‚ ) in beautiful surroundings.

Our outing to Okinawa

Our outing to Okinawa

Our outing to Okinawa

In China, one of the biggest things for a department is their so called outing. The company offers some compensation and an additional vacation day to go on a short trip with your colleagues. This year, our trip was to Okinawa, a southern Japanese prefecture. We left Wednesday and returned Sunday.

The pictures online looked very promising: white beaches, crystal clear water, perfect weather. But not for us. It was raining the whole time. What should have been a white beach and a bright blue sky looked more like a gray and windy autumn day at the shore of the North Sea back in Germany.

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