Reflecting back on the China & Mongolia study tour, I can't help but remember the great Chinese hospitality we received from CMEC at Quan Ju De 全聚德.
I felt very honored that we were able to meet the most senior level management including, Yang Wansheng, Chairman (and also MIT alum!); Zhang Chun, President; Ai Wei, Assisstant President and Wan Qian, Deputy General Manager, among others. Besides hosting a lively discussion about CMEC, we were also treated to an amazing and traditional dinner at Quan Ju De, the oldest Peking Duck restaurant in Beijing. Quan Ju De was established in 1864 during the Qing dynasty. The roast duck is famous because of Quan Ju De's exceptional quality. During the dinner, staff from Quan Ju De explained how each duck receives a special certificated of quality. The duck is hung in the oven and roasted over fruit-wood for 45 minutes. The finished duck has crispy skin and tender meat which is separated and eaten with thin pancakes, scallion slices and sweet sauce. We had fun at our table eating the duck and helping other classmates who had never tried the dish before.
In addition to the amazing food, we were also able to meet other members of the management team from CMEC. I was really impressed by how much time they took to get to know us and spend time asking us questions about our trip and offering any assistance to us. It really shows their commitment to supporting education and institutions like MIT. I was very happy to meet them and learn that not only does CMEC have an active role in China but it also plays an even larger role in international projects.