Ctripper: Meet the Team—Beth He

by Emily Eliot
Posted: September 6th, 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.... >>> When did you join Ctrip? Christmas Eve, 2007.  I know, strange, but I had to for some reason ... I don’t remember why.  All I remember is I had struggled about the date. What do you do at Ctrip? I joined as a product/project manager when we just started the English website department.  Our team defines travel products (including flights, hotels, vacation tours), service process flow, IT workflow,  etc. on the English website.  Ctrip needs us to understand English speaking customers and the market; we help English speaking travelers take advantage of Ctrip’s abundant resources in China. What’s your favorite airline? Hard to say, I was a loyal customer to United when I lived in the West, Continental when I was in the East, and AA when I was in Texas.  But back then, I did not travel as much.  I like Swiss Air’s chocolate; my kids definitely pick Cathay for the gifts they receive. Where do you call home? Another tough question.  My friend Lynn would love to hear me say I am a quarter “Texan”.  The drought in the big state did not allow me to stay any longer.  I grew up in Shanghai, I lived most of my (meaningful) life in California and am back to Shanghai again.  I think it will become my true home in the long run.  We will see… What is the farthest you have been from home? Well, I have been to US; that is a continent on the other side of the world.  I have never been  across the Equator, that’s on my list. What is the longest flight you have ever taken? My first trip to Helena, Montana from Shanghai.  30 hours?  I don’t remember the real number.  The flight took a fuel stop in Alaska from Shanghai, landed in Los Angeles; transferred to Salt Lake City and finally ended in Helena.  That was also my first flight experience; so it definitely felt not so real for a while. What is the most beautiful place you have ever been? I have hiked at California Yosemite; took a Jungfraujoch Express to the top of Europe in Switzerland; just got back from a cruise in Sognafjord in Norway.  Of course, Hawaii beaches, Golden Bridge sunset, Palm Beach’s white sands and Grand Canyon’s red cliffs … They all display different beauty of their own but commonly brought me a peaceful mind inside and appreciation to the Creator. Would you observe the five second rule in the streets of Shanghai? I got to read about the five second rule before I can understand what you refer to.  I am well trained not to pick anything from the ground to the mouth.  My mom could be SO “uncomfortable” if she sees me do that when I was a kid. If airplanes could be filled with anything for you to sit/lay on what would it be? I like David’s answer: beanbags.  If space allows, a yoga mat? Or an exercise/balance ball? If you could have a private bus, helicopter, plane, or spaceship, which would you choose? Why? Depend on for what purpose.  Spaceship has no room, definitely not comfortable; but if its for a trip to the Mars, why not!
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