Ctripper: Meet the Team—Aimee Groom

by Emily Eliot
Posted: July 19th, 2010 | Updated: June 21st, 2011 | Comments
Ctrip Ctripper posts come to us directly from the good folks at Ctrip, China's top online travel agency (and proud sponsor of ChinaTravel.net). Stay tuned for Ctrip special offers, travel tips, news on new travel deals, tours and activities, and slices of life-in-China from Ctrip staff and interns. Meet the team that brings you all of these great deals.... >>> In addition to the bloggers you've already met, at Ctrip English we've got a great team of marketers, writers, designers, program leaders, techies, translators, data analyzers and more. Stop by every Monday to meet them! First up, Aimee Groom: When did you join Ctrip? Well I’m pretty new still – I just joined at the beginning of June. What do you do here? I’m a web editor and work mainly on Ctrip’s sister site, Chinatravel.net, blogging about anything and everything to do with travel in China. What’s your favorite airline? Air France – the food is awesome and I love the fact you get real crockery and cutlery and they serve Champagne, even in economy. I like Dragon Air too, you can’t go wrong with free Haagen-Daaz. Where do you call home? I’m originally from a little corner of south-east England called Essex but these days I’d have to say Shanghai. I’ve been here for five years’ now and it’s the longest I’ve been in one place since I was 18. What is the farthest you have been from home? Ha, if I consider Shanghai as home then from here it’s got to be Essex. What is the longest flight you have ever taken? My first ever flight to China–after checking in at Heathrow it was cancelled at the last minute because of a typhoon. It then took 4 days to get an alternative flight which took me via Paris and took about 18 hours in total. What is your favorite Chinese dish? Ooooh, too many… it depends what day you ask me. Today I’ll say Hunan-style cumin and chili coated ribs or Ziran Paigu. Would you observe the five second rule in the streets of Shanghai? Not a chance – I’m not pernickety when it comes to food but between the spit, the baby pee and just general rubbish, if it’s been on the Shanghai streets, I ain’t eating it. Do you collect key cards from hotels you’ve stayed at? Do you steal the shampoo? Key cards only by accident but shampoo, hell yes! If airplanes could be filled with anything for you to sit/lay on what would it be? Beanbags If you could have a private bus, helicopter, plane, or spaceship, which would you choose? Why? It’s got to be a plane – big enough to fit my buddies but small enough to land on a remote landing strip. It can take us further than a bus, is quieter than a helicopter and a spaceship? I don’t think I could handle the freeze-dried food. Check out Aimee's musings on the China Travel blog.
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