|Shezhen buildings from the hotel|
|Cities and farms-Hong Kong from the Shenzhen side|
|While intended for the Christmas decorations, I found these signs all over the buffet pretty hilarious|
Our major target in Shenzhen was the Foxconn facility here. I had a few projects going out of this facility and it was a good place to see most of the iPad production line. I can't say much about the factory but overall I was surprised by how normal it felt. Despite all of the negative press it felt pretty much like any factory I had been in. Not saying that factories are the best working conditions but nothing particularly stuck out at me. That was a really nice change from what I was expecting.
I lucked out and had most of the day on Sunday for myself (as opposed to traveling) so at the suggestion of the hotel concierge I took a taxi to Wutong mountain in Luohu. It's about a 30 minute drive by taxi out of the city and cost 50 RMB (about $7). Luohu is a suburb of Shenzhen but actually feels like a small town instead of just more city sprawl. Example: the housing complexes here are only 20 stories tall, not 40!
Once I got to the town there were mobs of people walking up the street and I was really curious what they were headed towards. Turns out they were headed to the gates of Wutong!
This apparently a very large outdoors park in the Shenzhen area and draws groups of well dressed hikers from all over the region. The whole experience was pretty hilarious: thousands of people walking up a paved road to the top:
On the way up there were also shortcuts through the trees that groups would attempt to scramble up. Once I realized how long the hike would be on the road along I start following people up the hills.
The entire hike people would say "hello" to me or ask to take my picture. I think that out of five thousand people I was the only white person, and the only blue eyes, and the only beard. I guess they thought I was famous or something. I snapped a few pictures with some of the people.
It was actually a really pretty hike with minimal smog and a tea house on top. It took me about 2 hours to get to the top and about the same amount of time down though I think I was moving considerably faster than the average pace.
|Great, albeit smoggy, scenery|
Getting a taxi back after the hike was a little more difficult since the town is pretty far out of the city. Luckily there was a taxi driver eating lunch in the town so I sat outside the restaurant and waited for him to finish. I took the taxi back to meet my team in Shenzhen at the Luohu Comercial City-Shenzhen's biggest fake market.
It's a huge four story building filled with knock off crap. Any luxury brand you like you can find here. The prices start really steep but you can negotiate to about 10-25% of the initial price. I didn't have a lot of time so I put a watch in my targets (as I had forgotten to wear one this trip). I scored this awesome Bell & Ross:
It's already broken. Figures.
After Shezhen we flew to Xuzhou for some more vendor visits.