Today I leave for China on vacation. Japan's Golden Week starts this weekend and so I am off!
Except for some potential posting from internet cafes during my trip, I don't intend to do any major posting until I return. I plan on doing a report on my experience in the four cities I will visit, hoping to provide an interesting picture of China today. Those cities are Shanghai, Beijing, Nanjing and Jiangyin, of which the latter two I have never visited previously. Shanghai I have visited four times since last August, and my girlfriend lives there, so that is much easier for me to report on. However, I haven't been to Beijing in almost two years; thus I hope to see how visibly preparations for the Olympics have progressed, in addition to city development in general. Nanjing is historically famous in modern history for the war atrocities committed by Japanese soldiers during WWII. But in terms of business, it is becoming an automotive hub of sorts as it builds up its position on the Yangtze River. From Nanjing, we move on to Jiangyin where I have made friends with city officials responsible for logistics development at its river port and industrial parks, especially in connection with the city of Wuxi to the south. I met the city officials while they were in Japan promoting investment opportunities in February, and now will have the chance to see their city and progress first-hand, as well as ask more questions.
Expect some nice pictures to go with the posts.
Also on my to do list is wrapping up Kaesong. I am going to see if the Jiangyin officials know anyone involved with it, as they have made a promotional trip to Korea this year, and the Chinese can traditionally more freely travel to North Korea. Either way, visiting a more inland special economic zone like Jiangyin (versus the coastal Shanghai), will be enlightening.
Have a great weekend!