第二届中外政商领袖华佗论箭结束了!

The final stop on my month-long tour-de-madness was in lovely Shanghai, where I decided that Skyfall was a lie (seriously, no way Bond could have kept such a cool calm look on his face if he were driving from the airport into town!). It was a weekend of insanity, as per usual with the Huatuo events. I don’t think I ate more than once the whole weekend (thx Jason!) but certainly did my fair share of drinking (thank you Penfolds, for being the wine that Chairman Yan so kindly imports so that we don’t have to drink the Chinese stuff!).

Rehearsals/meetings until 3am followed by 6am wake-up calls, running around, being insulted by Shanghainese civil servants (they tend to be rather wanky to foreigners down there, hence another reason I prefer Beijing!) and then the forum — where I got to hear these incredibly impressive European (and American!) intellectuals / government leaders discuss how to fix the EU economy. Amusing. And the stage event and dinner that followed, well, suffice it to say, life is like a movie sometimes. Not sure which genre, comedy, horror, sci-fi? but a movie nonetheless ;)

Either way, at the end of the day… meeting up with my colleagues in the main lobby of the complex resulted in a very funny set of photos (a couple gems posted below). We were all very giddy, and I am pretty sure rather quite inebriated, but then again its Shanghai, and when in Rome…

Best part of the photos below is that while I’m pretty sure that I could be sued for sexual harassment in any other country for demanding that he pick me up, its China, so he was mostly just amazed and overjoyed that I gave him a peck on the cheek. Nothing like a blushing bodyguard to make the night complete!

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