Day 4 – Beijing – Transfer to Hangzhou

This morning we got up early to catch the bus to the railway station, where we had to say goodbye to our charming guide “Lucy”.

The bullet train with its stunning average speed of 305 kilometres per hour took us in approximately five hours to the city of Hangzhou.

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Upon our arrival in Hangzhou we were warmly welcomed by our new guide “Yolanda”. She introduced us to the history of the city and its current development, while transfering to our new accommodation: Hotel Best Western.

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We are still very impressed by the contrasts of the city’s modern and ancient architecture.

After the check-in we had the remaining afternoon to our own disposal. We used our spare time for a spontaneous city stroll, before continuing our tour by boat on the West Lake – the city’s best-known attraction.

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Day 2 – Beijing – Innoway / Swiss Embassy / Gala Dinner with FC Johann Schneider-Ammann

Ni Hao!

Our second day in Beijing started at Zhongguancan Innovation Way, the Chinese Silicon Valley. In this creative street we met local representatives, who guided us through selected startup-coffees, incubators and co-working spaces. This hotspot for start-up businesses is heavily supported and promoted by the Chinese government, who wants to foster entrepreneurship and innovation. In the end of our visit we benefited from a young Chinese entrepreneur, who held an impressive presentation about his personal journey from being a student to become a start-up founder.

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In the afternoon we were invited by the Swiss Embassy in Beijing. After a warm welcome by our host, Michael Waser, a series of presentations and discussions took place. Representatives of SwissCham, specialists of the Embassy and from the Swiss Business Hub China provided new insights about China and its market and engaged us in Q&A sessions.

Last but not least we had the honor to attend a Gala Dinner with Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann. We used this unique opportunity to build long lasting relationships with the Swiss Business Community in Beijing.

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