In January 2012 I had the unique opportunity to travel to China with the MBA program at the University of Buffalo.
I was one of 16 MBA students who decided to go on the trip.
We spent a total of 12 days in China during which we visited Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.
Despite being sick for the entire trip, due to the terrible pollution across all of the cities, it was an incredible, once in a lifetime experience that I will never forget…
I mean, how many people get to kiss their boyfriend at the Great Wall of China?
Although I knew prior to visiting that China was both populated and polluted, it still surprised me when seeing and experiencing it first hand.
As someone with asthma, it was terrifying for me to realize how many health, specifically respiratory, problems the Chinese must suffer due to the immense amount of pollution in the cities.
Similarly, as much as you may think you can imagine what it would be like to drive on a highway in Beijing, you never know what it’s like until you experience it.
We sat in a standstill of traffic for two hours on our way to the Great Wall.
But man, was it worth it…
As a group, we only had about two hours to spend each of those locations.
It wasn’t nearly enough time.
If I had the choice I could’ve spent two weeks exploring both the Great wall and the forbidden city.
The Great Wall of China is truly the most incredible site that I have ever seen in my life.
I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to travel to Asia and see the greatest wall in the entire world.