Hangzhou – The Beautiful City

Hangzhou waterside view

The “Entrepreneurship in China”- International Summer School 2017, in Hangzhou, China is a summer school, which this year saw 37 students from 19 different universities, made of 17 different nationalities come together to understand entrepreneurship and Doing Business in China (DBIC). The programme is hosted by the School of Management Zhejiang University on one of their seven campuses. We had a total of nine lectures and two language classes, three company visits and four cultural visits. The company visits provided fascinating insights into business in China and in certain aspects can be improved. The lectures were varied, they all offered a perspective of “Doing Business in China”. All this from an entrepreneurial perspective. The teaching staff were engaging and put in effort regarding teaching delivery as all the lectures were in English. The culmination of the programme is the business plan submission together with a pitch on the final day of the programme. A Zhejiang University official transcript is given at the end together with a certificate for completion.

Hangzhou at night

The weekend cultural trip was the only excursion to incur an extra cost. Outside of the official programme there was plenty of time to see other sites around Hangzhou. With the beautiful West Lake at its heart, the city is an internal tourist destination. Money wise and food wise, eating in the canteen (after topping up your student card) was less than CN¥20. Off campus expect to spend a minimum of CN¥30, maximum is up to you. The buses cost CN¥2-4 per trip, they were an experience. Oh, cash is king in China, (for short-stay foreigners) and Alipay or WeChat pay for locals.

Hangzhou skyscrapers

Study Abroad Office staff were extremely helpful through the process from enquiry to the final paperwork. The summer school I found was very well organised, the summer school administration team, prior to arriving (proving very helpful despite the time differences) and during our time in Hangzhou.

Alibaba at Hangzhou

Finally Hangzhou is home to the world’s largest e-commerce company Alibaba, whose campus we got to visit. I would recommend the experience to anyone wanting to explore and understand doing business in China.

Written by Roland Maposa – Zhejiang University – Entrepreneurship in China International Summer School

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