“When our thousands of Chinese students abroad return home, you will see how China will transform itself.”
– Deng Xiaoping
China isn’t the way it used to be… cheap, fishy, corrupt. The big country was raised on the ashes of a great oppressed nation… I love big Asian Towns and Guangzhou fits the best in this category with huge skyscrapers, suspended highways and lots of light!
The Canton Fair is just it used to be – overcrowded and fussy. They gained a lot in terms of accreditation and quality, but this output wasn’t cheap: the prices are close to the west and just a bit negotiable.
In recent years Canton Fair seems to lack the innovation it used to be in the past. Everything looks good and shiny but nothing remarkable, not even the price. Five years ago they used to happily work for 100 USD / Month, but now, without 500 USD there will be a no go to work.
The prices used to be highly negotiable both in Yuan and USD, but now… well… almost nothing seems negotiable and you can only pay in Yuan.
Their English has improved and the Chinese cultural business facts I used to learn before, doesn’t seem to count in 2016.
Something I didn’t understand (among many other things I don’t understand in China) is the fact they use to throw the trash directly on the street and sidewalks. … and this large amount of trash miraculously disappear until sunrise.
The streets are overcrowded even at midnight, the genuine Asian cuisine is great – you can easily find Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese restaurants all over the place. All of these splashed with western fast-foods.
Food, accommodation and transportation are cheap but do not be fooled: they also have exquisite luxury mega malls where the cheapest items are belts and wallets starting from 1000 USD.