( half heartily pushing this door open with rain drops falling, I did not expect to see what lies behind, what transpires do surprise the beholder. So too the city of Guangzhou)
Graciously accepting the imposition, we joined a group to visit Guangzhou , a city in the southern province, perhaps better known as Canton and a small portion of modern China thriving in the 21st century. Our trade group organized by Berita Publication was an introduction to purchasing at the wholesalers market and enhancing importing into Malaysia. By good fortune of course we met with Bumiputra entrepreneurs who made up the group in the retail business and therefore acquired more than expected. That's already a plus point for the visit.
On the 28th of June, an English edition of a China newspaper slotted that motor vehicle purchase in the country far outpaced even USA for the first quarter of 2010. Sales in China 2009 rose 46.2% with 13.64 million units sold .That indicator summed up the modernity and purchasing power of new China as much as its growing trends.
A first visitor to modern China with outdated perceptions will of course be jolted by its current expansion, multitude of people , thriving business and focus. Our group's specific intentions to purchase various items for their entrepreneurial business no doubt guarantee them a good hit. Yes there are lots to be seen, picked and hopefully sold at home with satisfaction and gainful too.
Branded items: Gucci,Samsonite,YSL,Nokia, Adidas and lots more decorated the decorative stalls with their sellers adapting only to calculators to bargain for the required prices. Not many can make themselves be understood in English though it seems that is a temporary issue as more are learning English or at least picking it up fast.
Guangzhou with a population of 10.5 million somehow registers an orderly calm with the populace moving around throughout the hours without the ever presence of security personnel, siren blasting of police, ambulance or fire engines. Its 'Pearl' river bisecting the city into north and south parts and the third longest river in China liken itself to the Thames, Menam Chao Praya and other great rivers as tourist attractions and the live-blood of the region. Guangzhou historic past would also set historians, architects and planners spending days exploring its streets, buildings, parks etc.
People work hard; here are no Sunday rest but they do take a long break during the annual Chinese New Year. No coffee shops or stalls at various corners as people do not have time to halt for their cups of coffee, teh tarik, roti canai or mee goreng.
A visit to Shanghai and the World Trade Fair currently held there would of course compliment your expanded knowledge of the country.
The pictures following picked up the varied subject matters that struck us as we moved around visiting the various outlets specific to marketing while of course wishing to see and know more. Like other places visited, the call to visit again echoes on. We would like to learn more.
Plenty of bananas too.Here heading to the market place.