To be honest, from a general perspective of things, I don't feel my perception changed much regarding China. The economic, political, and social aspects are pretty close to what I believed. What did change in my mind though was the hospitality industry of China. I honestly thought China was nothing that special in terms of hotels, and probably had only a few decent hotels, with mostly budget motels. That I found was the complete opposite when I came to China. There were so many luxury brands in China, and they were better than their US counterparts. It honestly amazed to no end, and truly opened my eyes to the possibilities of China's hotel industry.