I’ve just got back, and here are some useful lessons.
h3. Getting a Visa is easy if someone does all the work for you
I think it also helps that we have a office there too. I did very little other than give someone my passport, fill in an A4 form, and get some passport-compatible photographs. Only the latter was painful.
h3. Getting flights is easy if someone does all the work for you
Although checking in at Heathrow terminal 4 is another matter. I understand why BA recommend getting there three hours in advance – it took me over an hour to get into departures! The “Heathrow Express”:http://www.heathrowexpress.com/ is excellent though.
Is called the Yuan, but normally simply refered to as RMB (China Yuan Renminbi). Taking large quantities in or out (5000 RMB is the limit, which is about $600) is a no-no.
h3. Power Adaptors
Australian one’s should work – but even if you don’t have them, most power sockets seem to take American adaptors too.
h3. Overnight flights are a good idea
My outbound ten hour flight departed on Wednesday afternoon, and I arrived Thursday, thereby minimising Jet Lag. The flight on the way back was OK, but I got my ass handed to me by Jet Lag – NASA reckon it can take up to one day per time zone to get over it, and I crossed about 15!
h3. I either need a new camera or more skill
As “these photographs”:http://www.flickr.com/photos/samnewman/sets/72157594158965922/ will show.
h3. Our chinese colleagues are very young
They’re also very smart and incredibly well organised. They arranged an agile conference for 500 people, and I struggle to manage an away day for 50.
h3. Five days isn’t enough
Which really goes without saying – I’m looking forward to going back. Hopefully next time I’ll be able to visit our Xi’an office and spend some more time getting to know everybody.