Pieces of China is an online series that tells the story of China, one object at a time.
Bask in the fragrance of the white magnolia, native to China’s southwestern Yunnan province, with Zhang Mei, founder of WildChina travel company. For Zhang, a native of Yunnan, the flower offers a glimpse into one of China’s most sociologically and biologically diverse regions and a window onto the struggle between development and the loss of cultural heritage not only in Yunnan, but throughout China.
Zhang Mei is the founder and CEO of WildChina. Under her leadership, WildChina flourished from a small Hutong operation into an award-winning business. Mei’s own expertise has led her to win a number of personal awards, including Travel and Leisure’s A-List of Top Travel Advisors, Condé Nast Traveler’s Top Travel Specialist, and Wendy Perrin’s #WOW List of Travel Experts. Mei is an Aspen Institute China Fellow and currently serves as a member of Harvard Business School’s Alumni Board.