After checking out at the yet best Hotel in Hanghzou, Mr. Bi, a former business partner of Mr Ruettimann, took us to the company `Flockmaster`. This tannery processes cow and sheep skins to industrial leather for mostly shoes and jackets. In huge halls thousands of leather pieces are cleaned, dyed and refined with chemicals. Finally they are being checked and cut to meet customer`s demands. Furthermore, we learned that it is hard to distinguish genuine from fake leather for laymen and professionals alike.
The next company we visited was `Haining City Lili Leather Garments Co., Ltd`. This company manufactures fashion leatherware, especially jackets. They count Tchibo, Esprit and H&M to their customers. Actually, we saw the new
Mr Weyeneth and Mr Timmerman during the interesting speech
In the morning we checked out from Magnificent Hotel and we drove by bus to the Shanghai office of Panalpina. There we had the great opportunity to meet the COO of Panalpina, Mr. Karl Weyeneth who was on a business trip in China. Mr. Weyeneth gave us a short and interesting introduction about his company which offers supply chain management solutions for major key industries such as oil and gas, hi-tech, automative, health care or retail and fashion. We also learned that Panalpina does not own assets like airplanes, ships or trucks and that networks are Panalpina´s most important advantage.
This morning, we had an early start. Our personal bus and tour-guide had already arrived by the time we made it down stars to the Lobby. We all filed on the bus and departed for our first business visit, Geberit. On the way, we able to enjoy a traditional Chinese breakfast of Dimsum, crab and pork. We arrived on time to Geberit and were warmly welcomed by the COO of the Asia-Pacific department, Dr. Christian Kober. We first enjoyed a presentation showing us how a Swiss Company can, by combining their values, successfully conduct business in China.
During the presentation we gained insight into Geberit’s top product the blue frame and white Flushing System. We learned that Geberit, with business Partners, gained prestigious jobs which helped expose them to the Chinese and the world. These projects include the Bird’s Nest, Beijing, and the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai. We knew before going that Geberit made sanitary and piping systems, but we did not realize that so much Continue reading →
00:00, most of us were entering the biggest club in Shanghai called Babyface. After we had settled our selves we started ordering the first drinks from the waiter, as always bargaining for a better price. Ordering at the bar is not possible in this club, which was rather confusing at first. After dancing for a couple of hours, some of us moved on to other clubs while others where engaged in an entertaining Chinese dicing game.A food-market located near our hotel opened early in the morning. Continue reading →
The Bund - Closed due to ongoing renovation for next year's World Expo
Our first domestic flight took us to Shanghai. Since the flight was scheduled very early, we had to leave the Hotel Harmony at 5 AM. Some of us tried to stay up the whole night in order to make sure not to miss the plane. At the end all of us managed it, but the conditions of the students varied from very sleepy to well-rested.
The Air China flight was rather calm and offered a long waited sleeping opportunity for those seeking for a rest. For the awaken ones either a Western or Chinese breakfast has been served including a culinary surprise that we have not experience before.
The first highlight was waiting for us just after the arrival: the Shanghai Maglev Train. Opened at the end of 2002, the electromagnetic levitation train reaches speed up to 432 km/h and connects the Airport with the City of Shanghai. Continue reading →
After the interesting speeches yesterday evening we looked forward to visiting the Bird’s Nest (Olympic Stadium) and the Great Wall.
In the morning rush hour we drove by coach to the Olympic City were we admired the very impressive national stadium which was constructed by the Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron. From the outside the building looks like a bird’s nest – that’s also the reason for its nickname. It offers seats for 90’000 spectators. It is very prominent situated as it lies on the line of the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven. The Olympic aquatic centre, which is also well known for its impressive architecture, is situated next to the national stadium. Both buildings are placed in a generous park area which would be difficult to build in these dimensions in Switzerland. Continue reading →
At 08:00 a.m. we met at the lobby of our hotel for a sightseeing trip to the Forbidden City. We were welcomed by Suzy, our official tour guide, who accompanied us. We all experienced the real group tourist feeling, as Suzy was walking in front of our group holding a flag in her hands. This was necessary after the little problems which occurred yesterday on the subway.
After arriving at the Subway Station of the Forbidden City we got the first introduction into the history of this famous tourist attraction by Suzy.
As we seemed to be the only European looking people around there, the Chinese tourists were really fascinated by us and started standing around us, looking and starring at us and taking pictures of us. Continue reading →
After a successful and very interesting Field Trip to China last year, ZHAW School of Management and Law has again organised a field trip to China under the lead of Prof. Rene Ruettimann!
This year, the trip will start on Wednesday 24th June with a dinner at one of the most famous Beijing Duck restaurants. Over the coming weeks, Prof. Ruettimann and 39 Master and Bachelor Business as well as Law Business Law students will visit companies, a university, meet with Chinese students and representatives of Swiss delegations in China. Apart from Beijing, the group will stopp in Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Guilin, Yangshuo, Guangzhou and finally, Hong Kong! On Friday evening 10th July, a delicious farewell dinner is scheduled as a worthy end.
The first student arrived on Saturday morning in Beijing followed by some more on Sunday afternoon. In the meantime, they visited the beautiful Summer Palace, enjoyed delicious and exotic food at Chinese restaurants and got sun-burned We are looking forward to welcome the remaining students in a warm and sunny Beijing (incl. blue sky)!
Over the coming weeks, the group will update the blog on a daily basis and report from the unique experiences made in China.
We hopefully found in you a constant visitor of our blog and we wish you a lot of enjoyable moments while reading our blog!
Best regards from Beijing!
The Organisation Team of the Field Trip China 2009