Directly from the Hong Kong Convention Center, the Hong Kong International Jewellery Show, which is the most important tradeshow of its kind in the region. It takes place every March and September of the year. In this tradeshow, you can find factories and suppliers of jewellery, raw materials, supplies, accessories ... of every kind and from everywhere in the world.
China's Belt and Road Initiative boosts infrastructural development in Serbia, helps the country maintain and create jobs, and increases bilateral economic cooperation, Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said this week while attending the third international conference organized by the Belgrade Strategic Dialogue titled "Belt and Road Initiative in the Balkans".
Brnabic said the citizens of Serbia can already see the results of the Belt and Road Initiative in the construction of new roads and bridges, the reconstruction and modernization of railways, the implementation of energy and environmental protection projects, as well as in enhanced cooperation between the companies of the two countries.
Brnabic estimated that the Chinese companies already present in the Serbian market have preserved 5,000 jobs at the Smederevo steelworks,which was taken over by Hesteel in 2016, and will secure another 5,000 jobs at the Mining and Smelting Combine Bor, thanks to China's Zijin Mining Group.
"We look forward to continuing cooperation in a number of other projects, including education, which is high on the list of priorities of the Serbian government," Brnabic said, highlighting that the Ivo Andric Serbian Cultural Center, the second of its kind in the world, opened in Beijing on Nov. 29.
Chinese Ambassador to Serbia Li Manchang said there is great potential for cooperation between China and Serbia in agriculture and the construction of industrial parks at several locations across the country.
Directly from the Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Fair, the most important trade show for producers of wine, beer and spirits that want to enter the Chinese market.
China has high tariff for alcohol, while Hong Kong has 0% tariff for wine, and low tariff for beer and spirits. Therefore, a lot of Chinese importers would first import the alcohol from abroad to Hong Kong first, and then re-export it to China.
The biggest fruit and agri-products trade show in Asia, the Asia Fruit Logistica (AFL), finished last Friday in Hong Kong. In this 3-day trade show, producers and exporters of agricultural products from around the world showcasted their products in front of more than 8000 professional visitors from China and Asia, the fastest growing market globally today.
The Natural and Organic Products Asia (NOPA) tradeshow took place in Hong Kong last week. It is the most important show of this kind in the region. Suppliers from all parts of the world participate in this annual trade fair to meet their Asian buyers in this ever growing industry.
One of the top concerns from our clients before coming to China is food.
There are many rumors on social media about weird food Chinese people consume, but in fact, most of these rumors are untrue and unfounded. As the second biggest business travel destination globally, China offers a wide range of delicacies in terms of variety, taste and cooking method for travelers to explore.
Most of you travelling to China will have your breakfasts at hotel. While 4* international hotels offer western buffet, most 4* local hotels offer both western and Chinese breakfast in buffet style. They offer toasts, fruits, soup, coffee as western breakfast, and steam bread, rice, vegetable, noodles and porridge as Chinese style.
If you are travelling to China to visit trade fairs, then very likely you will have your lunch inside the fair ground. There will be Chinese food such as rice and noodles; and western fast food, such as pizza and burger, for you to choose from. In some big fairs such as The Canton Fair, there will be Halal and Indian food as well.
If you are visiting factories, then most likely the factory will invite us for Chinese lunches and dinners in restaurants near the factory area. The kind of food will depend on the region you visit. If you visit the coastal provinces of China, you might have more fish and seafood options on the menu. If you visit inland of China, then you may have more chicken, duck and beef. Chinese people love vegetables and fruits as well, so even if you are vegetarian, there will be plenty of option for you.
Is all Chinese food spicy? NO! Only for areas in Sichuan and other inland provinces which have severe cold winter, people there are used to eat spicy food to gain more body heat to resist the weather. Otherwise, most meals in China taste mild (great!).
Chinese prefer steaming food or frying food with sauce in a wok. Deep fried and fried food is not common as they are not healthy way of cooking. Chinese also enjoy sharing different food during meal, so it is very normal to sit around a big circular table, with a turnable disc in the middle, and plates containing different food on the table for everyone to share.
Most of our clients are positively surprised by the variety and deliciousness of what real Chinese food can offer (Not the Chinese food from the corner shop in your home country.). So worry not, we are ready to introduce you healthy and delicious Chinese cuisine in your next business trip to China!
Directly from Interzum Fair in Canton, China. This fair focuses on all machineries and accessories needed for production of wood furniture, such as door, bedframe, closet...
Concurrent fair is the Furniture Fair CIFF, which occupies 750,000 m2 exposition area, with almost 4000 Chinese factories exhibiting.
Directly from R+T Asia trade show in Shanghai, China. This trade show focuses on doors, windows, automated gates, blinds and shutters, sun protection... and all accessories and spare parts in these aspects. You can meet more than 500 Chinese suppliers exhibiting in the Convention Center of 50,000 square meter.
The Yiwu – London Railway Line is a freight railway route from Yiwu, China, to London, United Kingdom, covering a distance of roughly 12,000 km (7,456 miles), making it the longest railway freight route in the world. It is one of several long distance freight railway routes from China to Europe on the “New Eurasian Land Bridge” and part of establishing a modern-day Silk Road. The route was opened on the 1st of January 2017, making London the 15th European city to have a railway route connection with China, the other European cities with China-Europe railway routes include Hamburg, Madrid, Rotterdam and Warsaw.
Inspite of the need to go through bogie exchange, the trip takes only 18 days to complete. In comparison, it takes a large cargo vessel about 30–45 days of sailing to get from East Asia to Northern Europe.
The Yiwu – London railway project is part of China's “One Belt, One Road” Initiative, which attempts to strengthen the country’s trade connections and revive the Silk Road of the past. The goods it carried were mostly the commodities from Yiwu market, including general merchandise, apparel, fabrics, and luggage & bags, with a total weight of about 700 tons. So it makes the import and export from Yiwu to London and London to Yiwu more easier.
From Yiwu, a trading center 300 km south of Shanghai, the track passes through 9 countries: China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, Belgium, France, UK. In order to get to the UK the route passes through the Channel Tunnel between France and the UK. The London end of the line is located at the DB Eurohub in Barking, East London.
By the end of Dec., 2017, there had been more than 100 (Yiwu) Sino-Europe trains arriving at and departing from Yiwu, and Yiwu Customs had ac-cumulatively supervised 9,990 TEUs of international through railway transport containers, with a year-on-year growth of 91%.
To read more about the Yiwu Market and get to know our service there, visit https://www.businesstriptochina.com/china_yiwu.html
In a few days' time, on 16 February, 2018, Chinese people around the world will celebrate the Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival. It is the most important festival in China, as families gather together, and friends meet again, after working hard for one year.
In China, hundreds of millions of young people found job opportunities by working in factories or offices in bigger cities. Therefore, every Chinese New Year, they need to travel back to their home provinces, to meet their families and friends. This has created the largest seasonal human migration in the world.
In 2017, the Transport Department has recorded 3 billion passengers taking different kinds of public transport (Train, flights, bus, ferries...) in the whole country, for the whole month of Chinese New Year (2 weeks before and 2 weeks after), for people travelling back home before the festival, during the festival, and going back to the cities where they work.
Out of which, 4 hundred million passengers took the high speed train system. With the train stations in Canton, Shenzhen, Beijing and Shanghai the busiest, as these are the most developed cities in China, which provide most working opportunities for Chinese people in other provinces.
It is expected the the figure will be similar in 2018, with more people travelling on one hand, but change of transport habit on the other, such as people choose to drive back home or use carpool service by Didi Chuxing (The Chinese version of UBER).
Even if you are driving, expect to spend at least 3 times on the road, as there are congestion in all major inter-city highways.
As a foreigner, it is extremely difficult to travel in China during the Chinese New Year period, as tickets are difficult to get, everywhere is crowed, security is tight at stations ..... So if you planning your next business trip to China, do not come during the Chinese New Year period.