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Chinese New Year: Traveling the Roadways of Rural China
Village along the Li River

Kung Hei Fat Choy!

This weekend, millions of Chinese will travel afar to spend their New Year in their home town. I might find myself traveling away from my home town of Hong Kong and on the road in China.  Two years ago, my family and I drove straight through wealthy and industrious Guangdong province and deep into the less developed and mostly agricultural Guangxi province. There, we saw the hauntingly beautiful karst mountains along the Li River near Yangshuo and the Longsheng Rice Terraces near Guilin.

However, this blog entry isn’t about what I saw around Guilin. You can see for yourself in the photo collage I’ve provided here!  Rather, I was most impressed by the 1,800 kilometers of road and expressways that took us to our destination and back home.

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Planning to Meet Our Customers’ Needs

A few weeks ago I went on a weekend trip with my sister to Miami. She’s a New Yorker and I’m from Kentucky, so it took some major planning to get us from two separate cities to one destination, at the same time. The logistics of our trip got me thinking about the planning process. This month UPS will add new flights from Hong Kong to Europe. I wondered what our network planning team has to do to get these flights scheduled and operating. I was certain it was way more complicated than my trip to Florida. My mission was clear: I needed to find out about air network planners and what they must do to launch this new flight.

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Family Ties and the Chinese New Year

As an American given the opportunity to work in Hong Kong, celebrating the Chinese New Year is a huge eye opener. The excitement is in the air as I listen to conversations in the UPS Hong Kong office. For the Hong Kongers, it is a time to be home with the family. Most of my colleagues have their families in Hong Kong, but there are others whose families are in other parts of Asia and they will make the special trip back home.

As a foreigner who is far away from home, I can’t help but to think about my family. At least, I spent time with them when I visited them during the Christmas holidays.

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