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Brief article about the rise of machines (automation) in China.  Some of the suppliers I have dealt with in China could benefit / participate in this  trend if they consolidated their operations.  I’m not sure how this trend might apply to the apparel industry.

Credit Suisse Chinese Automation Boom – Business Insider.

 

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All, I recently read a  good article on what seems to be an economic meltdown of Wenzhou China.  I was in Wenzhou last year and recently blogged about the high preponderance of churches in Wenzhou.   Given my  visit and blog, I though I would share this article.  When I was there, things did not seem as bleak as the article points out, but things can change rapidly in a year.  Enjoy the article- especially you China watchers / observers.

http://www.businessinsider.com/events-in-this-chinese-city-show-just-how-bad-chinas-slowdown-could-get-2012-6

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All below is the url for a presentation that describes the rise of Chinese brands.  Good read.

http://www.businessinsider.com/made-better-in-china-2012-6

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All below is a link to an article and photos of a trip I took to the Great Wall of China several years ago.  It was a fun yet somewhat scary hike on the Great Wall for reasons you can read about.  I hope you enjoy.  For those of you who are familiar, this was a Parable of the Sadhu moment.  My faith in the kindness of mankind/womankind was restored thanks to generosity of other travelers.

http://www.businessinsider.com/unrestored-section-of-the-great-wall-of-china-photos-2012-4?op=1

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This past December I had the opportunity to spend several days in Qingdao China.  I had a marvelous time in Qingdao.  Qingdao reminded me very much of Boston in that it is a port city and like Boston it gets cold there.  I happened to be there in the December time frame so I can attest to how chilly it was.  Another interesting aspect of Qingdao is that it has a lot of European history as well.  Many of you are probably aware that Tsingtao beer hails from Qingdao China.  The Germans who once lived / occupied Qingdao started crafting their own beer to meet their drinking needs.  They did more than create beer though.  The architecture in parts of Old Qingdao is absolutely amazing.  Once again, reminds me of being in Europe.  There is a part of town in Qingdao where the villas are all of European design.  In old Qingdao many street signs are still in German. Don’t be fooled though, Qingdao is a modern city that is growing by leaps and bounds.  It has a skyline that is reminiscent of any major city.  Qingdao blends a little bit of the old with a lot of the new.

As with many other Chinese cities I found the citizens to very welcoming and friendly.  I did get a couple of stares though when I took the bus to get around the city.  Ok, I actually received many stares.  In Qingdao I found myself using my limited Mandarin skills as I didn’t come across many people who spoke English.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t expect people in China to have mastered English.  But in the previous cities I have visited, I came across many residents who spoke English.  By no means am I complaining as I actually found it quite fun (and slightly satisfying) that I was able to maneuver my way around town without using much English.

If you ever visit Qingdao go in the spring (assuming you don’t like cold weather) and make sure to hike Laoshan Mountain.

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I apologize in advance for the pictures being crooked.  I was in Wenzhou China not too long ago and was very surprised to see a large number of churches with crosses prominently displayed.  The city that I was in seemed to be fairly small and the number of churches  seemed quite large.  The density of churches in such a small area was quite surprising.  I have had the pleasure to have visited several cities in China and don’t recall ever seeing 1. such a prominent display of churches and crosses and 2. so many churches clustered in a relatively small area.  I don’t even recall seeing anything like this in Hong Kong.  My hosts indicated that Wenzhou is a port city and missionaries landed there.  At first glance that seems reasonable, but Qingdao is a another port city with a heavy dose of European styling, yet they don’t have such a display of churches.  So the port city response doesn’t quite explain what caused the proliferation of churches in this city.  Does anyone else have any exposure / ideas?

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Over the last several years I have visited numerous manufacturing plants in China.  I have visited various cities ranging from Wenzhou to Qingdao and many more in between.  The factories that I typically visit are small to mid size.  On numerous occasions I have seen many factories that seem to be overstaffed.  I don’t claim to be a productivity expert, but I have a knack for achieving efficiency/ productivity gains.  So when I see obviously overstaffed factories it make me wonder.  The general manager / factory managers I visit are smart business people.  I know they see the same labor inefficiencies that I view, yet they don’t seem to be pushing for productivity gains.  While I speak a few words of Mandarin I am not able to really have a thorough discussion on this subject with my factory hosts, plus I don’t want to seem rude telling someone else how they can make their business more profitable.  Anyone have any ideas?  I often wonder if there are incentives for them to hire more people than needed.

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