Well I’m into my third week living in China now and it feels like I have been here 3 years. Amazing place and I am really enjoying myself here. I can’t really get across on this blog how crazy this place is but like last week here are a few sly iPhone snaps of what I’ve seen while factory hopping.
Multi storey carpark within a multi storey carpark. Each floor of this carpark was doubled up, that’s the sheer amount of cars on the road here! You dont even want to know how bad the traffic is at rush hour.
Phone repair shop – this is the only place in the world where smashing your iPhone screen for the third time is no biggy. Five minutes and about £8 gets you a new one fitted.
Speaking of iPhones here is a fake iPhone 4s and a fake iPad 2 up against my real iPhone 4s and real iPad 2. I bought these just for kicks to see what they are like, obviously exporting them is a no no. They look EXACTLY the same but the software is slightly different.
The majority of locals here that aren’t cruising round in a Mercedes s class live in miles upon miles of alley way networks like this. It’s crazy to think that just behind me about 10 metres away is an apartment condo which is £900 a month and here there are families living in one room, it’s just unbelievable how drastically different social economies are that are right next to each other.
I asked for a place to get some chicken to make up a stir fry, I decided to eat out instead.
I have visited a whole bunch of bicycle factories since landing here. The problem is you have to really sift through them to come across anything exciting, bikes like this make the searching worth it though.
Zombie nation. This is what it’s like pretty much all the time on the tube. It doesn’t seem to effect the actual running of the train system though which is both cheap and efficient. No one talks to anyone though, my interpreter says that people would think it weird or creepy to just randomly chat to a stranger.
Dating china style. While out for dinner in Guangzhou this young couple next to us were having a date on there iPads all evening without talking. Are they talking to each other online? Are they on a first date? Are they using fake iPads? So many questions….
Networking. I have met a lot of great people here from all over the world. I met these two guys (Max and Billy) in a bar, they are here exporting stateside. I met another cool guy called Chris who is part owner of www.waboba.com, he has come here to manufacture and export his Swedish product to the rest of the world. So yeah met a great bunch of people who, like me, have come here to export, import and manufacture. Going out on a night to the westerners bars and clubs is a sure fire way to meet up with people who can show you the ropes and point you in the right direction. The downside is that these places are stupidly expensive, the upside is that this is an indication of how well these people are doing here.
Joey the translator looking very excited at the jelly baby’s I brought her from England. I picked up a 5kg bag of them from macro as you can’t get them here in china. Just stung me for 80 euros on my extra baggage though.
In my spare time I like to visit LED lightbulb factories like his one. It’s a real mine field in this sector as the diode manufacturing process can be royally butchered meaning a lot of bulbs end up lasting only a few hundred hours. This is another example why thorough factory visits and product QC are super important.
The bicycle taxi industry here is flat out.
That’s enough photos for now, thanks for dropping by. I have an apartment full of samples at the moment that I’m messing around with so I will probably add some details of those products in the next few days.