Day 8 – Shanghai: Visit to Kuehne+Nagel and journey to Hangzhou

After checking out of the hotel we took a bus to the German company Kuehne+Nagel, which provides to its custoemers fully integrated supply chain solutions. Mr. Gino Marzola (General Manager of Kuehne+Nagel Shanghai) and Markus Johannsen (Seafreight Manager) welcomed us at the headquarters in Shanghai. Afterwards Mr. Benjamin Schatzel, Assistant seafreight manager, held a presentation and gave us very interesting insights in to the main business units. Kuehne+Nagel operates in the field of seafreight (No 1 worldwide), airfreight (No. 3 worldwide) contract logistics (No. 3 worldwide) and road and rail logistics (No. 6 in Europe). The presentation was followed by a lunch consisting of delicous sandwiches offered by Kuehne+Nagel.

In the afternoon accompanied by Benjamin Schatzel and Ms. Amelie Saupe (Marketing Executive), we embarked the bus towards Yangshan Port. The journey took us about 1.5h from which the last 20 minutes led over a 32.5 km long brand new bridge to an artificial island. On a viewpoint we had a magnificent view over the port with it’s thousands of containers and many departing and arriving container vessels. Then we made a tour through the exibithion halls of the Yangshan Port Management Center. One could marvel at a mindblowing model of the whole harbour area. After some last pictures we headed towards the Shanghai Hongqiao train station, where we embarked on a train to Hangzhou. Arrived in Hangzhou we took taxis to our next hotel.

Day 17: Hong Kong Trade Development

The day started off at 8.00 am in the morning. Everybody was glad to finally be in Hong Kong, in one of the most prosperous cities in the world. This morning, there were two speeches on the program at the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, one by Mr. Jackson (an English businessman having lived and worked in Hong Kong for more than 30 years) and the other by Dr. Hans Roth, General Consul of Switzerland in Hong Kong managing China. To get to the HKTDC building, we boarded a ferry which dropped us right next to the building. Continue reading

Day 16: Build Your Dreams and Lenovo

In the morning we left our hotel in Guangzhou and headed south to Shenzen for two further highlights of our trip: The visits at Build Your Dreams (BYD) and Lenovo. At BYD, we were warmly welcomed by Lai and Sophie, two representatives of BYD. First we could see their showroom with all their cars, afterwards they also showed us the other electronic components in their exhibition. The product range consists of mobile accumulators, batteries, cell phone key pads, LEDs, solar panels and energy storage systems. Afterwards we left to visit the charging station where the first 30 caps in Shenzen are able to charge their batteries within 15 minutes at the minimum. Continue reading

Day 15: SGS and Pearl River Piano

After a delicious breakfast in the morning, the group met at 8 o’clock in the hotel lobby. The first meeting was with Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS). Kimmo Ahtokari and Jeannette Chu warmly welcomed us and presented the company profile. SGS which has its headquarter in Geneva provides inspection, verification, testing and certification services for ten business segments. It was established in 1878 and employs 59’000 people in 1000 offices and laboratories around the world. Continue reading

Day 10: Haining leather companies

Haining City is known as the leather manufacturing cluster of China and is located about 60 km from Hangzhou. First we visited Haining City Lili Leather Garments. At the beginning of the tour we were given the chance to have a glance at some of the company’s products, such as leather jackets, vests, hand bags and many more. After that the tour continued through the various stages of the clothing production. Overall we were surprised by the good working conditions and the good atmosphere amongst the factory workers. We were able to cheer them up even more by distributing candies which was highly appreciated. Continue reading

Day 2: Forbidden City and Swiss Embassy

Our second day in China started with a typical Chinese breakfast which would be for Europeans more a lunch or dinner. After this cultural experience we drove to the biggest public area in the world: the Tian´anmen square. The government showed parades with millions of people but there were several incidents. The last one was in 1989, where thousands of people demonstrated for democracy, freedom of press, against corruption and censorship. At the end the army ended this demonstration with a massacre. Continue reading

The Chinese Way of Doing Business

As our day started on 10.00 am, many of the group members took their chance to sleep a bit longer. We began our last day of the trip with a harbour cruise. It was quiet surprising that we did not have a normal „tourist boat" for this cruise. Instead we had a private yacht for us alone which was absolutely fantastic.

On our 3-hour-trip through the harbour of Hong Kong, we could enjoy the amazing skyline, the very impressive container harbour (which is one of the biggest in the world) and the old airport.

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