GUANGZHOU, China -- Gov. Jerry Brown bid adieu to dozens of government and business officials who crossed the Pacific to travel with him around China this week.
One last time, this group assembled in an opulent five-star hotel – this time the Ritz-Carlton in Guangzhou – ate gourmet food in the 72nd-floor restaurant, and received a final send-off from the governor who worked the room and mugged for photos with delegates.
“To all you people who came on this trip not knowing what you were going to get, I think we all received more than we expected and maybe more than we deserved,” Brown said in a final toast.
San Francisco architect Robert Steinberg said the trip was a resounding success. He said he’s been trying for months to break in to the university building design market in China to no avail. But at a meeting with the governor of Guangdong province Monday, Steinberg said he was introduced to a Chinese government official who offered her assistance in navigating the cumbersome Chinese bureaucracy.