Nice to be back in China and on Asia time – was in Beijing last year, this time around I’ve already re-visited Hong Kong and now in Shenzhen on way to Shanghai in a few days. Hong Kong is crazy with all its traffic and hundreds of high rise apartment buildings but so is Shenzhen! Last night was just mesmerized by all the lights driving by what seemed like never ending row after row of high rises.
Cities you’ve hardly heard of in China have millions of people – Shenzhen is more well known – for IT and its factories but 30 or so years ago this city hardly existed. Now its over 10 million people – the sprawl of buildings goes on for miles and miles.
My friend gave me a tour of his factory yesterday – (that’s what you do in Shenzhen!) – as there’s no history here, no museums. Neat to see all the CNC, EM, Mills & Lathes hard at work. Big contracts and orders being fulfilled. Despite the machines, lots of hand labor – finishing, polishing, grinding etc. This is where it all happens – all those products you see around the world, this is ground central.
Back and forth to Hong Kong, Kowloon and the New Territories we go. Lots of stamps on the passports as a result – real easy to fill up a passport this way! Looking forward to the long train ride to Shanghai in a few days.