China Report March 3-13th, 2013
Part One: Dong Guan, Hong Kong~The Professional Journey
Part Two: Tour in Hong Kong region, Hangzhou and Shanghai~The Personal Journey
Part One: Starting at Dong Guan
Upon arriving in China In Guangzhou airport then to our 5-star abode (Triumphal Hotel) in Dong Guan, we were amazed! The people were friendly, the spaciousness of the country was mind-blowing, its living standard upwardly mobile, and the enormous amount of construction and development heart palpitating. After surviving the endless flight of almost 16 hours (the same time difference from Los Angeles to China) we needed to rest then explore. It takes a while to adjust to jetlag going Westward by air, but not as badly as coming home.
Our hotel was a palace with a view of the three rivers converging below our high story, including the famous “Pearl River”. Our first day was on our own, exploring the shopping and city life. Everywhere you look is a Wal-Mart, KFC and McDonalds. Almost scary. And then there was the local shopping mecca, near a lovely gardens-park, which caught our attention for its authenticity, charm and endless array of shops.
Our Sino-U.S. Conference of Sexology opened mid afternoon the next day, followed by an animated, lavish banquet sponsored by a huge line of women’s spas, known as Dr Eros. This began our exposure to the wild selection of fine cuisine that China’s regions have to offer. My rice noodles turned out to be jellyfish tentacles, as one example, and some of the fare was delectable though not to be named!
Some of the topics covered at the 2-day conference, where the two worlds interchanged ideas, strategies, experiences and expertise, included: “Petals” the documentary; Chinese Journal of Sexology; the new Sex Coaching by yours truly; Sex for Health; Beijing’s Female Sexual Status Epidemiological Survey Research; Counseling Options; Female Sexual Dysfunction Drugs Study; Sex and Religion; Couples’ Intimacy Treatment Issues; Using Yoga to Rewire the Female Brain for Orgasmic Enhancement; Childhood Sexuality and Sexuality Education; and Fertility In Sexual Medicine. Each contingent shared the podium for this 2-day event, filled with knowledge and insights about both worlds and how to bring them together to enhance the sexual experiences of women in China.
The next day we loaded up the bus and headed to Hong Kong. There we had the privilege of meeting one of the world’s most eminent sexologists, Dr. Emil Ng.
What a pleasure it was to learn about his unique culture and the common sexual attitudes; but mostly it was a treat to tour his fine city, seeing its beauty, vast landscapes, modernity, and ancient influences within and around this gorgeous harbor side urban hub.
Shopping is the theme, as is cross-cultural pollination, as this once British colony is now a legal part of China, yet preserves its own identity and cultural nuances. English was easy to find spoken almost everywhere.