Orient+ tailor-make your China business trip with predictability, flexibility and productivity. We advise you the possibility to visit factories in different areas in China in the same trip. We help you reserve hotel rooms, transportation tickets, and arrange Chinese interpreter for the whole trip. Moreover, we combine sightseeing days in your tour, so that you can enjoy your ¨Bleisure¨ trip in China to the most.
Inspect factories in China:
Visiting a trade show in China can give you an idea of the vast numbers of suppliers for whatever product you are looking for. For the same merchandise, there will be different suppliers with different prices, qualities, production time, payment terms.... After considering all the factors, you shall be able to short-list the suppliers you are interested in .
Before deciding which supplier or factory you will buy from, it is recommended to visit the factory and inspect it. In this way, you will get to know more about its capacity, its operation (whether it has outsourced some procedures to other factories), and the actual production situation.
Most importantly, the visit will show your sincerity and true interest to do business with the factory. For the Chinese people, sincerity is very important, and it will help you a lot in the future relation with the factory.
Planning your business trip is very important. China is a huge country. For example, for suppliers located in different cities, it may take 2 - 4 hours by domestic flight to travel from one city to another. Even if the factories are located in the same city, it can still take 1 - 2 hours by car from hotel, since the Chinese Government has ruled that all factories should be located away from the city center, as a measure to tackle pollution.
If you want to visit several factories in one business trip, just pass us all relevant information of the factories and we will help you coordinate with all factories and design the most efficient route for your business trip.
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10 tips when planning your trip to visit factories in China:
Before you decide to visit a factory, it is very important that you know the factory serves your business. For example, price, minimum order quantity (MOQ), form of payment, if you can import directly ... If everything is clear and you agree with the terms of the factory, we shall go visit before you do business with them. Otherwise, you will lose your time and money to visit a factory, which may in the end does not serve your business.
A lot of foreign buyers have the misconception that they can enter a factory, visit and buy from there, anytime as they want. IT IS NOT TRUE. Factory is not market. While we choose factories to visit, factories also choose its visitors, to see if it is worth the while to let these people in and spend time with them. So it is important to coordinate with the factories you are interested in visiting beforehand.
China is a HUGE country, the factories you want to visit may be in different cities, provinces and regions. You need to plan ahead to get the most optimum itinerary. Sometimes it is better to land in one city, and leave in another city, so as to safe your money and time travelling within China.
Most factories are not allowed to be located within a city in China, they have to be in suburbs outside cities, in order to reduce the population level to cities. Therefore, even though 2 factories may be in the same city, it is possible that they are far away from each other, with one on one side of the city, and the other one on the other side. It is very important to check with the factories their exact address in the city and plan ahead accordingly.
If the factory is located outside the city, it is possible that there are only 3* hotels nearby. Normally 3* hotels are more local, with Chinese style breakfasts (Chinese bread, noodles, porridge ...) TV channels are most likely in Chinese, and the hotel staff will speak little English. The good news is their hotel rooms are usually big.
It is important to organize the transport hotel - factory - hotel with the people of the factory. Since most factories are located outside the city, taxi drivers will not know how to arrive there.
Normally half a day or 1 full day is necessary to visit a factory.
Normally factories do not work on Sundays and on national holidays such as Chinese New Year, National Day, Labor Day holidays... Clarify with factories beforehand to make sure they are opened on the dates you are visiting.
Sometimes a factory has more than 1 location or workshop for its production. Therefore, you need to clarify with factory in advance if the site you are visiting has the products / machines / work process that you are interested in seeing.
It is common to take bullet train to visit factories in China, since it is punctual, clean and convenient. However, all information inside a train station is in Chinese. You definitely need to have a guide or translator to accompany you taking the train.
Do not underestimate the difficulty of traveling to China alone, without a translator or guide, especially for the first time:
- Change USD or EURO to RMB? There is no exchange house in the city, because there is monetary control. You can change your money at the bank, but have to wait in line and the bank always asks for many documents. - Pay by credit card? Many places still do not accept VISA or MASTER, for monetary control. - Use Whatsapp, Google, Facebook, Instagram? They do not work under the Chinese Internet, because they are banned. - Take the high speed train on your own? All notices at the station are in Chinese language. - Service? This concept does not exist in China - Consistency of doing things logistically? Nop, things change quickly in China, often without warning. What worked last time may not work this time. - Communication? Most Chinese people do not have good communication skill. Besides, what they say may not be what they mean, they may say it because they want to give you "face" or save "face" for their own selves. That is why you need a local person to accompany and help you read under the lines of your Chinese counterparts.
You need a guide or translator who helps you plan your trip well in advance, and accompany you during your trip. All our services in China are tailor-designed, according to your needs.