Group Internal Audit’s Trip to Beijing, China

The Symphony Group Internal Audit & Risk Management team organised a trip to Beijing, China over the long weekend from 23 to 26 May 2013. At about 8.30am on the first day, the team arrived and spent some quality time at the famous Tiananmen Square. The vast public space is the third largest city square of its kind in the world. The team then ventured into the Forbidden City, an impressive palace complex that was not only the official residence of the emperors, but also the political and ceremonial centre of the Chinese government for almost 500 years. The Zohor prayers were then conducted at the oldest mosque in Beijing called Nujie before visiting the silk factory after.

On Friday, they made their way to the Summer Palace, a royal park that famous for its views and cultural significance to Chinese history. After lunch they headed towards Wangfujing Donghuamen for some commercial shopping and also to try out popular Chinese snacks.

The next day, the team visited the Juyongguan section of the Great Wall and successfully climbed 5km! The Great Wall of China is a stunning man-made marvel that spans over thousands of kilometers across the northern terrain of the Middle Kingdom. A visit to the Jade Centre and acrobatic show soon followed before the conclusion of the evening with a nice dinner.

During their last day in Beijing, the team headed for the Olympic Park. The park consists of modern architectural wonders that were sports venues such as the Bird’s Nest and also the Water Cube. After a quick stop at the jade and pearl centre, everyone enjoyed a final activity of shopping at the Sanlitun Yashow and Silk Street Russian market before heading to the airport for their flight home.