I hope you enjoy these photos and captions from my recent January 2011 trip to Hong Kong, China – Macau, with the Santa Barbara Global-Team Scholars.

My Mission: To Help People Become Better Presenters.

Here is my Chinese name translation which can be used for either Mandarin or Cantonese.

Scott Topper 杜世翹
(杜 Surname from Topp) (Doe)
(世 worldly) (Sai)
(翹 outstanding or to raise above) (qu)

After I reached the top of The Peak, I was amazed by the spectacular view of Hong Kong’s city skyline. Here you can see the world-famous Victoria Harbour, the urban area of Kowloon, peaceful green hillsides, and the soaring modern skyscrapers. Just beautiful!!!

Before lunch we toured the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited, or HKEx in Hong Kong, a leading international financial centre. It’s exchanges and clearing houses serve a wide range of companies, investors and market intermediaries. They operate a securities market and a derivatives market in Hong Kong and the clearing houses for those markets. HKEx was listed in Hong Kong in 2000 and is now one of the world’s largest exchange owners based on the market capitalization of its shares.

This trip increased my awareness of international business and it’s functionalities! An amazing educational tour.

We stayed at a 5-star hotel in bustling Hong Kong and developed lasting network relationships.

We were given a very informative session on Helping Manage Opportunities and Challenges in China by Ms. Cherry Lee, Manager, Overseas Promotions. Ms. Lee also attended UCSB for a short period of time. IMproSolutions, LLC is currently in negotiations with the Hong Kong Trade Development Council to bring our products and services to the Asian marketplace. Our goal is to connect worldwide through business education.

After taking a Ngong Ping Cable Car to Lantau Island, I visited the world’s tallest, outdoor, seated bronze Buddha statue at the most popular Buddhist temple in Hong Kong, the Po Lin Monastery. It is known as the “Buddhist Kingdom in the South.” It is visited by tourists and Buddhists’ from all over the world.

Here I visited the Chinese University of Hong Kong. The Institute of Global Economics and Finance held an Executive Leadership Program. We had an amazing week in Hong Kong, Macao and Shenzhen. I learned a great deal about Chinese Public-Speaking Challenges and thoroughly enjoyed myself during the journey.

China has just surpassed Japan as the 2nd largest economy in the world. There are many opportunities in the Asian Pacific. This was a once in a lifetime adventure filled with learning and FUN! We are now all lifelong friends.

While visiting a Starbuck’s coffee shop in Ngong Ping Village on Lantau Island, I discovered one of our IMproSolutions Public Speaking System business cards on the community bulletin board…how cool is that?

We enjoyed a round-trip ferry ride to Macau, the “Las Vegas” of Asia. They were preparing for the Chinese New Year Celebrations.

One night we ventured into Lan Kwai Fong – Hong Kong’s premiere dining and entertainment destination. This world renowned district is home to over 100 restaurants and bars. Just around the corner from the city’s busy Central business district, it’s the perfect place for after work drinks, dinner with friends and a great night out!

This was one of my favorite experiences. The next best thing to a slow boat to China is taking a ride around Hong Kong’s Aberdeen Harbor on a sampan. Enterprising fishermen run inexpensive trips around the harbor on Hong Kong Island’s south shore aboard their chugging sampans, traditional flat-bottomed Chinese boats. As well as ferrying tourists on circular harbor tours, the sampan owners also operate a water taxi service for locals. On a more humble scale, sampan passengers also get the chance to see houseboats that are still used as floating homes by some of the local fishing families.

If you’ve got a passion for fashion, you would not have wanted to miss the Hong Kong Fashion extravaganza on 1-17-2011. This show brought fashion and lifestyle together in one exclusive gala presentation! We saw four internationally renowned fashion designers showcasing their latest collections. These were the hottest up and coming fashion trends. Okay, that’s it for now! Until the next public-speaking adventure!!!