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Dubidu

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Hi All,

Next month I am travelling first to HK and then Japan for work; this is through my Slow Lane job (some perks obviously around travel and nice hotels!). I have a question: I will have some time and I want to maximise it whilst I'm out there.

In Tokyo my intention is to see what ideas Japan has adopted as historically they tend to be early adopters of e.g. tech which is then adopted by others around the world. The idea is to look at connecting the dots/ideas that I can then implement in the UK/US markets.

In HK I intend to look at manufacturing facilities and how to make that work for one of my ideas. I have identified one manufacturer and have lined up a meeting (my work is flexible in that as long as I get the job done for my employer, I have enough time to do my own thing whilst I'm there).

What would you guys do if you were in HK/Japan with a Fast Lane mindset/maximise your time there??

Looking forward to the answers :)

Dubidu
 

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Hey Dubidu, thats a great opportunity to have :)

I would deffinetly go to those meetings you speak of. Regarding getting ideas and bringing it back to UK/US market, that can also be interesting, I deffinetly always have a lot of ideas when I come back from travels.
 

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In HK I intend to look at manufacturing facilities and how to make that work for one of my ideas. I have identified one manufacturer and have lined up a meeting (my work is flexible in that as long as I get the job done for my employer, I have enough time to do my own thing whilst I'm there).
Just saw this thread.
How did your meeting go?
Did you find any other manufacturers?
 

Odysseus M Jones

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Hi - it was due to happen end of Feb/beginning of March. COVID-19 in China/HK (hadn't reached the UK yet) so the business decided to cancel all business travel to region - never mind!

Thanks for your interest Odysseus :)
I was in HK early Feb, but when CX cancelled flights to LGW I quickly headed home in case I got stranded.
Upon return I self-isolated for 14 days while the west made toilet paper jokes.
And then it came here. LOL
 

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If you like cities, HK has an energy to it that very few other cities in the world come close to. I even prefer it to Manhattan.

If you're looking for manufacturing opportunities, they're not in HK. Cross the border into China.

Shenzhen (you can take the metro to the border and walk across the border from there) is the tech capital. If you're looking to get into anything tech or electronics, your best factories are all there.

A little bit more west (hour and a half train ride) is Guangzhou. That's where a lot of manufacturing capacity is.

The Canton area in general has historically been the global center of trade. So opportunities abound. But like with anything, you need to know where to look. Have to line up meetings ahead of time whether that be with factories or people that are working on interesting projects. The expat community overall in that area is extremely friendly and working on impressive international trade projects, so it's easy to tap into the communities you're most interested in.

But if your plan is solely "I'm going to HK and hoping I find some opportunities," then you're in for disappointment business wise. You'll love the city but you'll hate everything else.

P.s. HK people will tell you different, but HK in general has some of the worst food at way too high prices. I'd hop into China just for the cuisine.
 
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If you like cities, HK has an energy to it that very few other cities in the world come close to. I even prefer it to Manhattan.

If you're looking for manufacturing opportunities, they're not in HK. Cross the border into China.

Shenzhen (you can take the metro to the border and walk across the border from there) is the tech capital. If you're looking to get into anything tech or electronics, your best factories are all there.

A little bit more west (hour and a half train ride) is Guangzhou. That's where a lot of manufacturing capacity is.

The Canton area in general has historically been the global center of trade. So opportunities abound. But like with anything, you need to know where to look. Have to line up meetings ahead of time whether that be with factories or people that are working on interesting projects. The expat community overall in that area is extremely friendly and working on impressive international trade projects, so it's easy to tap into the communities you're most interested in.

But if your plan is solely "I'm going to HK and hoping I find some opportunities," then you're in for disappointment business wise. You'll love the city but you'll hate everything else.

P.s. HK people will tell you different, but HK in general has some of the worst food at way too high prices. I'd hop into China just for the cuisine.
Yes - I had heard the manufacturing is in mainland China and the cities you mention. The business has said it is ''postponed'' rather than cancelled but it's unlikely to happen this calendar year. I will keep this thread in mind and follow instructions to maximise the learning on someone else's nickel as @Vigilante said :smile2:
 

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Yes - I had heard the manufacturing is in mainland China and the cities you mention. The business has said it is ''postponed'' rather than cancelled but it's unlikely to happen this calendar year. I will keep this thread in mind and follow instructions to maximise the learning on someone else's nickel as @Vigilante said :smile2:
If you are going to spend time in HK it could still be worth your while checking out the manufacturing scene in that very interesting city. There are manufacturers still operating in HK, but there are no very large factories because of scarcity of level land.

Here are some of their Made In HK products:
  • Jewelry
  • Photographic & Optical Equipment including spectacles
  • Printing and Packaging
  • Plastic packaging - jars, bottles
  • Watches and clocks
  • Stationery
  • Clothing
  • Molds for plastic products and some other types of moldings
  • Electronic smart labels
  • Skateboards that imitate sensation of wave surfing
  • Toys, games, and sporting equipment
  • Baby products, including monitors
  • Drones
  • Pharmaceutical research chemicals
And many more.

Walter
 
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If you are going to spend time in HK it could still be worth your while checking out the manufacturing scene in that very interesting city. There are manufacturers still operating in HK, but there are no very large factories because of scarcity of level land.

Here are some of their Made In HK products:
  • Jewelry
  • Photographic & Optical Equipment including spectacles
  • Printing and Packaging
  • Plastic packaging - jars, bottles
  • Watches and clocks
  • Stationery
  • Clothing
  • Molds for plastic products and some other types of moldings
  • Electronic smart labels
  • Skateboards that imitate sensation of wave surfing
  • Toys, games, and sporting equipment
  • Baby products, including monitors
  • Drones
  • Pharmaceutical research chemicals
And many more.

Walter
Thank you Walter - so helpful!
 

Odysseus M Jones

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Thank you Walter - so helpful!
Check out HKTDC, Hong Kong Trade Development Council website. You can plan your activities ahead of time.

HK people will tell you different, but HK in general has some of the worst food at way too high prices. I'd hop into China just for the cuisine.
If you know where to go it's cheap & tasty, I lived there 27 years.

The food in Shenzhen is good but it's not worth suffering the East Rail Line to get there.

Tip, take the direct bus from Jordan to Huang Gang, it's comfy & you get a seat.

Believe me, even first class on the train is no picnic.
 

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