After years of hearing wonderful things about the Anantara Resorts I recently had the chance to experience one for myself. Rather than start at one of their original properties I went to one of their most recent, the Anantara Emei Resort and Spa in Southwest China.
It was here that I met Sunny Wang, the gorgeous PR manager for the resort who helped make my stay one to remember. Sunny is one of those people who is all about Can rather than Can Not, and I had a wonderful time with her doing everything from going to the Golden Summit on the top of Mount Emei, to visiting pandas and enjoying a local BBQ with hot spicy beer with her co-worker Snow (yes, dinner with Sunny and Snow!).
During my stay Sunny also organised for children from the Leshan Special Education School to come to the resort and explore the grounds before having a western table manners lesson followed by a fun sports afternoon. Seeing the looks on their faces and the joy it brought Sunny was a special moment on the trip.
So of course I had to invite Sunny to take part in the Ten Questions segment. Here’s what she had to share….
What’s the best thing about your job?
As a marketing and PR person in the hospitality industry, the most interesting part of my job is I can meet different people from the industry each day. I have a lot of chances to brain storm with them to plan new events, activities and discuss how to do the promotions, so it makes my job full of challenges. And I will never do the same job every day.
If you could change one thing about your job what would it be?
It’s hard to change the things actually, but I would like to improve. Identify where the difficulties and challenges are, make three solutions and choose the best one out of that. Always keep myself motivated. Only the person who has motivation will be improved!
What’s something about your role that you wish people understood?
I’m not expecting everyone to understand my job, because I know some of them will not believe that besides the GM, I’m the person who is the most busy and full of pressure.
They think I have the most relaxed job in the hotel, playing with guests, eating with media… So for me I just want them to know I’m the bridge of the hotel to connecting inside and outside. Sharing information to the outside and getting opportunities for the inside, the job will never stop, and everyday has new task.
What’s your favourite thing to do on your day off?
Dancing. Usually I will dance twice a week for two hours to release the pressure. When I listen to the music I feel relaxed and forget the troubles and problems. Then on the next day I will be recovered.
What’s a cheap and cheerful food secret you (usually) only tell your friends?
A burger. Especially the double cheese burger. It is so yummy! When I’m under pressure, I will eat some junk food. But not too much – one time in a month is enough, LOL!
If money was no object, where would you go for lunch or dinner?
I will suggest the Emei BBQ, it is so delicious with many kinds of options, the most important part is the local beer and white wine. Eat together with the BBQ for a spicy and cool feeling.
Where do you take a friend when they come to visit?
Usually I will take them to Emei Mountain and Leshan Giant Buddha. They are national heritage, a symbol of Leshan Tourism as well as one of China Miracle.
What’s the best shopping experience in town?
In the city center there are many small retailers where you can buy all kinds of accessories, cheap bags and clothes. On the way you can also try a lot of local cuisine, enjoying shopping while eating!
Is there a local tourist cliché that’s actually worth doing?
The Panda Tea Garden, which has three giant pandas and a dinosaur museum.
Is there a tourist attraction nearby that you can’t believe you still haven’t visited yourself?
Leshan has many attractions, I still have not visited the Steam Train in Qianwei which is 40mins from Leshan. As I know it is the last steam train (which can carry people) in China, I will make plans to visit it.
Amanda Woods met Sunny Wang when she stayed as a guest at the Anantara Emei Resort and Spa