MRED Around the World student Christian Traeden writes about the group’s first day in China:

Our first full day in Shanghai started quickly. China so far has a much different feel than South Korea. Controlled chaos comes to mind, but I’m sure if you read or speak Mandarin life is much easier. Luckily we have Amy from ISA to help us navigate. On our way to our first meeting of the day we had time to explore some more traditional alleys and streets.


Hines was our host for the morning. We met with Derek Hrzek, an associate at Hines who was gracious enough to share anything and everything about the Hines operation in China as well as their new project in Shanghai, a mixed use project with a new office tower.

The team at Hines was very helpful in connecting the dots of how development works in China compared to the U.S., as well as some of the advantages and disadvantages of the area.