Steven Davis described Southampton's training camp in China as a great experience, and praised the welcome the team received from people in the country.
Saints' club captain was full of praise for the way the squad had been treated throughout their two-week trip, and, while much of the focus was on preparing for the new season, the midfielder also explained it was enjoyable to experience a different culture.
"It's been absolutely fantastic," he said of the welcome the players had received throughout. "Everybody's been very welcoming and very kind, and couldn't do enough for us.
"They're obviously fanatical about their football as well, so it's been a really nice experience coming out here. Training conditions have been tough, but the facilities and everything else have been great.
"I've never been here before, so it's been nice to come here, see the culture and learn a little bit about the country. We've been busy with the training schedule, but in down time we've managed to get out a little bit and see a few of the sights."
In terms of preparation for the new Premier League campaign, Davis, who himself has been working his way back from injury, felt spending two weeks away as a group so early in pre-season was beneficial.
"It's been great," he said. "Tough conditions to train in, but everyone's come through it. We've had two tough games as well, and I think we did a lot of good work.
"For me, personally, it's been good, obviously to be back in among the group and get some game time, so I'm delighted and looking forward to getting back and seeing the family and then getting back to work on Monday again."