SHANGHAI -- A trip that has been marked by solemn meetings with Communist Party officials in dark suits took a decidedly different tack Friday as Gov. Jerry Brown helped launch a new ad campaign to attract Chinese tourists to California.
The glass ceilinged ballroom of the Ritz Carlton throbbed with a mashup of house music versions of famous Golden State songs like "California Dreamin" and "If You're Going to San Francisco."
Quick-cut images of iconic California locations radiated from a pair of large video screens amid blue strobe lights that danced off the mirrored walls.
"This is a bit more glitzy than I'm used to," allowed the 75-year old governor. "But it pales in comparison to the sparkle of California."