Last August 8 to 16th, 2017, we got ourselves busy with our quick trip in different factories in China. Here’s a brief summary of our trip.
1st stop – Shenzhen City just 1 hour away from Hong Kong border where we got to visit a showroom of hotel amenities and supplies. It was like a haven for hotel items and it was breathtaking for my brother who is working on his friend’s hotel supplies.
We stayed for a day in Shenzhen to walk around the Electronic city, Hua Qiang Bei.
This is the hub for start-ups and you can easily buy hardware parts, mobile device accessories, gadgets, and more. Shenzhen is also home for a lot of aspiring entrepreneurs in the tech industry as it houses a lot of talented individuals from different parts of the world. I’ve lived in Shenzhen for 11 years and I still love visiting this city. Now that I am back in Manila, I still miss the convenient and comfortable life in China.
The next morning, we have to get up at 3am as we have to catch up on our 6am flight to Yiwu City, Zhejiang province, also known as “The largest small commodity wholesale market” in the world. Why? Yiwu Market is like 10 times the size or more as compared to SM Megamall with 5 districts, and it’s like an all year round Canton Fair as different factories has representatives to show their services and products. By the way, you have to prepare a pair of super comfy shoes or else you toes will die walking around this vast exhibition center. On the other hand, some clients can immediately place their orders when stocks are available. The only problem is, not all of them can speak English so most of them talk through calculators and gestures. There has been a big change in Yiwu from the first time I visited the said city in 2007, where you can see the baggage carousel being pushed manually so you can get your bags upon arrival in the airport. Now it has a more presentable airport for a more convenient flight, specially to foreigners and traders around the world. I lived there for 6 months back in 2009, I was forced to really survive with my very little (yi dian dian = little) Chinese language skills. It has really evolved a lot and it made a big contribution for China to be tagged as the world’s largest factory.
Here I visited my packaging supplier whom I’ve been cooperating with for 3 years now. I needed to visit him this time not for a client’s project but for our own brand’s packaging to ensure that it’s being processed.
The next day, we had to run to Tongxiang, bound for Haining to visit a Filipino friend who manages a huge socks factory. Mers (as I call her) and her sister Faye toured us around and taught us a lot about how socks were made. We also learned the different steps, processes, and different key selling points of a good pair of socks. Here are some photos of their socks (branded?… yes they are all famous brands).
After the factory tour, we had a quick dinner and then went to the train station bound for Shanghai. Pretty tired but as we want to take advantage the city, we went around the Bund and strolled the Huangpu river. In the morning, we almost missed our train. We were still preparing our stuff at 8:45 then realized our train to Wuxi is at 9:13am. We rushed to the train station and thank God, we made it. At 9:45am we arrived Wuxi and met our new glass supplier, Gary. A very young heir of his father’s glass factory.
Seeing huge machines and how bottles were made is such a great experience for us.
After the bottle factory, we had to cancel our Yangzhou trip as we still need to head back to Shenzhen and Guangzhou again for another batch of meetings. Yet, despite a very quick visit to these places, I really enjoyed meeting new people and hardworking company owners whom I idolize.
Their humble beginnings are my day-to-day inspiration and I dream that someday, I will be huge as well in different industries and create more jobs to a lot of people.
To be continued on my next post. Stay tuned!