It is mandatory for companies to have an annual team building event for its employees. We allocate a portion of our annual budget to this offsite, overnight event. This year about 200 of us headed on a 2 hour bus ride to Wuzhen. Wuzhen is considered a 'water town' since its buildings are built alongside canals to assist in transporting people and goods throughout.
|Token toll booth heading into the area.|
|Group #9 organizing for the team photo.|
During lunch we were organized into our groups for the afternoon's team-building activity. The event was a treasure hunt through the water town area. The teams each had 10 people with one member being a foreigner that would have the pleasure of eating the local food (e.g. stinky tofu). It ended up being a great way to tour the city. Albeit a little fast for some who wanted to soak up the sights.
|A couple of my work team members.|
|Walking out to the 'town' area.|
|Getting our bearings.|
|Every tourist location has to have a pagoda.|
|Small streets made for walking only.|
|This was a ricey cake thing. It wasn't too bad.|
|Lots of nice bridges over the canals. Also many couples on boats|
getting toured around the city.
|Map of Wuzhen.|
|One of the scavenger hunt findings. An old|
'British' like mailbox.
|Many pictures being taken with the nice walls and scenes.|
|Restaurants and bars along the canal.|
|Night life was quite but the building were beautifully lit.|
After a night of dinner and drinks we had a really bad breakfast and heading to Nanbei Hu. Nan = North, Bei = South, Hu = Lake. But first we did some cherry tomato picking and eating. It was an interesting event where we were given a bucket and then told to go pick tomatoes. They were safe to eat, so we were told, and they were sooo sweet and yummy.
|Tomato and other veggie greenhouses.|
|Simon about to eat one. Not the red one!!|
|Ziad through the vines.|
|Cherry tomatoes and pickle sized cucumbers.|
|Zong Zong, John and me.|
|Some locals enjoying some water sports.|
|Another group of colleagues enjoying a boat ride.|