We traveled to Shenzhen and The Shangri-la Hotel for our first day of presentations. The original attendance was at 180 but ballooned to over 250 before we got started. Ready had done an incredible job of marketing the event and me! Upon arrival, Ready handed me the current edition of the Chinese Modern Decoration Home where I was featured on over 10 pages with portfolio and a full interview. Wow! The Shangri-la Hotel was lovely, got some inadequate pics of the setting with stunning crystal chandeliers of leaves. Every hotel seemed finer than the last, each dripping in gold shimmer and crystal embellishments. The event went very well, though translation was a first and since it wasn’t simultaneous, but tandem, the program ran almost 3 hours. Following the event, I had back to back media interviews with Ready translating, quite an adventure!
We adjourned to dinner in the hotel, a lovely buffet with both Chinese and Western delicacies including a divine selection of desserts. From a mango whip to pistachio cake, chocolate raspberry decadence to gelato with a chocolate fountain, I was in heaven! So far I’d only experienced the Chinese desserts of sticky rice balls and I wasn’t a fan. The did include great lamp chops on the buffet as well. Being close to Australia, the Chinese include lamb on menus.