This time last year, I packed up and moved to Beijing from Seattle to work for a Educational Technology start-up called Qooco. I was lucky to have made it just in time a few days after my arrival for my first 年会 (nian hui), an annal gathering and celebration before the Chinese New Year. I remember understanding only about a quarter of the event, but regardless had a wonderful time with the high spirits of the team.
This year, my friend Ashton and I co-hosted our annual party at the Grace Hotel, a beautiful Art Deco Boutique Hotel in Beijing's 798 Art District. The team was kind enough to give me the English portion of the program ;) even though I am constantly working on my Chinese! The night was filled with chatter, laughter, birthday celebrations, great food, and of course some speeches ;) I cannot express how fortunate and grateful I am to have had the chance to work with such wonderful people. Here are some shots from the event!