Manufacturing guy-at-large.
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Shenzhen from our hotel

Shenzhen from our hotel

Zach

Zach

In the morning, in Shenzhen

Shenzhen

Shenzhen

Shenzhen

Shenzhen

This pool was really charming.

Near Litchi Park, Shenzhen

Near Litchi Park, Shenzhen

Litchi Park

Litchi Park

I believe all the "emergency shack" stuff is about tents, for in case of a natural disaster.

Litchi park

Litchi park

I strongly recommend this place.

Litchi park

Litchi park

Zach getting schooled

Zach getting schooled

This guy on the right was really excited to teach us how to use these things. They were kind of like diabolos, but different. His English was pretty good, and he said he had lived in Shenzhen all his life - which is rare. In 1980, the population of Shenzhen was only 30,000; today, its around 10 million.

^ Read that last sentence again and think about it. It's crazy.

Near the electronics malls

Near the electronics malls

These places start late morning, and keep humming into the night. A *lot* of shipping gets done here, but it's all shifted to the end of the day.

A random corner in Shenzhen

A random corner in Shenzhen

This city is really green - much more so than, say, NY or SF.

Commuter traffic

Commuter traffic

Zach

Zach

"Please pardon our appearance"

"Please pardon our appearance"

This huge sign was blocking off one of the main streets in Shenzhen, right near all of the electronics malls. They appeared to be building a new subway line underneath it, and the sign read:

"Speed up the transformation and upgradation (sic) to create an international e-business city."

This is really fascinating to me - the collective willingness to put up with massive construction projects in order to build a lasting, powerful commercial culture. More thoughts on the subject here.

Scooter store

Scooter store

There were a few similar shops around Shenzhen. Interestingly, I never saw anyone using any of these things.

Construction in Shenzhen

Construction in Shenzhen

Construction in Shenzhen

Construction in Shenzhen

Fresh Milk

Fresh Milk

Street food

Street food

People who don't eat street food ALL THE TIME when they're in China are doing it all wrong.

Delivery?

Delivery?

This lady was passing a bag full of something over the wall at this factory. Couldn't tell what was up with that...

Taken in Dongguan.

Delivery?

Delivery?

This lady was passing a bag full of something over the wall at this factory. Couldn't tell what was up with that...

For rent?

For rent?

There were similar signs all over Shenzhen and Dongguan (where this was taken).

Dongguan

Dongguan

Between industrial parks.

Water tower

Water tower

There was one of these at many of the industrial parks we saw in Dongguan. We were told they were for water - not sure what it was used for.

Dongguan

Dongguan

Zach, Dongguan

Zach, Dongguan

Rain, Dongguan

Rain, Dongguan

This is a subtropical climate. It rains randomly.

Me, explaining something

Me, explaining something

As I do.

Me

Me

I want one of these motorized cargo trikes

I want one of these motorized cargo trikes

They're everywhere, and look really useful.

Parking lot repair

Parking lot repair

This was kinda cool - some of the tiles must have been repaired with concrete, and it looks like they used rebar to recreate the grid pattern. Clever.

Well within a reasonable load

Well within a reasonable load

I love these people and their transportation modes.

Dongguan

Dongguan

Some weird building in Dongguan

Some weird building in Dongguan

I think it was a hotel. This strip had a few of them, which all seemed to date from the 90s.

In the evening

In the evening

Modeling + walnut nectar (!) from the hotel minibar.

 Getting online was a mixed bag. A few of the hotels we stayed at had VPNs, but they were hit or miss: Google might work, but Twitter never did. Somehow CloudMagic (the iOS mail client that I recently switched to) worked no matter what. We made do, but next time I'd probably get a VPN for myself.

Getting online was a mixed bag. A few of the hotels we stayed at had VPNs, but they were hit or miss: Google might work, but Twitter never did. Somehow CloudMagic (the iOS mail client that I recently switched to) worked no matter what. We made do, but next time I'd probably get a VPN for myself.

Ferry to Central Hong Kong

Ferry to Central Hong Kong

These boats were great - and really rocky :)

Benches on the ferry

Benches on the ferry

The ferries in Hong Kong never turn around; they just drive forwards and backwards across the harbor. In order to always keep the passengers sitting forward, the backs on the benches just slide back and forth. Clever.

Full breakfast, Hong Kong

Full breakfast, Hong Kong

Our hotel wasn't within walking distance of street food, so we enjoyed some post-colonial breakfast. 

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

The construction here is crazy - as it is in most of China.

Hong Kong taxi

Hong Kong taxi

I like that he had a matchbox car version of the car he was driving. The HK taxis all seem to run on LPG, and most of them have cameras facing both inside and outside.

Zach + Dan

Zach + Dan

Dan was an amazing tour guide in Hong Kong. He's traveled extensively in the area, and has a good perspective on the design and manufacturing ecosystem there. He also brought us to some awesome restaurants.

Shenzhen from our hotel

Zach

In the morning, in Shenzhen

Shenzhen

Shenzhen

This pool was really charming.

Near Litchi Park, Shenzhen

Litchi Park

I believe all the "emergency shack" stuff is about tents, for in case of a natural disaster.

Litchi park

I strongly recommend this place.

Litchi park

Zach getting schooled

This guy on the right was really excited to teach us how to use these things. They were kind of like diabolos, but different. His English was pretty good, and he said he had lived in Shenzhen all his life - which is rare. In 1980, the population of Shenzhen was only 30,000; today, its around 10 million.

^ Read that last sentence again and think about it. It's crazy.

Near the electronics malls

These places start late morning, and keep humming into the night. A *lot* of shipping gets done here, but it's all shifted to the end of the day.

A random corner in Shenzhen

This city is really green - much more so than, say, NY or SF.

Commuter traffic

Zach

"Please pardon our appearance"

This huge sign was blocking off one of the main streets in Shenzhen, right near all of the electronics malls. They appeared to be building a new subway line underneath it, and the sign read:

"Speed up the transformation and upgradation (sic) to create an international e-business city."

This is really fascinating to me - the collective willingness to put up with massive construction projects in order to build a lasting, powerful commercial culture. More thoughts on the subject here.

Scooter store

There were a few similar shops around Shenzhen. Interestingly, I never saw anyone using any of these things.

Construction in Shenzhen

Construction in Shenzhen

Fresh Milk

Street food

People who don't eat street food ALL THE TIME when they're in China are doing it all wrong.

Delivery?

This lady was passing a bag full of something over the wall at this factory. Couldn't tell what was up with that...

Taken in Dongguan.

Delivery?

This lady was passing a bag full of something over the wall at this factory. Couldn't tell what was up with that...

For rent?

There were similar signs all over Shenzhen and Dongguan (where this was taken).

Dongguan

Between industrial parks.

Water tower

There was one of these at many of the industrial parks we saw in Dongguan. We were told they were for water - not sure what it was used for.

Dongguan

Zach, Dongguan

Rain, Dongguan

This is a subtropical climate. It rains randomly.

Me, explaining something

As I do.

Me

I want one of these motorized cargo trikes

They're everywhere, and look really useful.

Parking lot repair

This was kinda cool - some of the tiles must have been repaired with concrete, and it looks like they used rebar to recreate the grid pattern. Clever.

Well within a reasonable load

I love these people and their transportation modes.

Dongguan

Some weird building in Dongguan

I think it was a hotel. This strip had a few of them, which all seemed to date from the 90s.

In the evening

Modeling + walnut nectar (!) from the hotel minibar.

Getting online was a mixed bag. A few of the hotels we stayed at had VPNs, but they were hit or miss: Google might work, but Twitter never did. Somehow CloudMagic (the iOS mail client that I recently switched to) worked no matter what. We made do, but next time I'd probably get a VPN for myself.

Ferry to Central Hong Kong

These boats were great - and really rocky :)

Benches on the ferry

The ferries in Hong Kong never turn around; they just drive forwards and backwards across the harbor. In order to always keep the passengers sitting forward, the backs on the benches just slide back and forth. Clever.

Full breakfast, Hong Kong

Our hotel wasn't within walking distance of street food, so we enjoyed some post-colonial breakfast. 

Hong Kong

The construction here is crazy - as it is in most of China.

Hong Kong taxi

I like that he had a matchbox car version of the car he was driving. The HK taxis all seem to run on LPG, and most of them have cameras facing both inside and outside.

Zach + Dan

Dan was an amazing tour guide in Hong Kong. He's traveled extensively in the area, and has a good perspective on the design and manufacturing ecosystem there. He also brought us to some awesome restaurants.

on the street in china-1.jpg
Shenzhen from our hotel
Zach
Shenzhen
Shenzhen
Near Litchi Park, Shenzhen
Litchi Park
Litchi park
Litchi park
Zach getting schooled
Near the electronics malls
A random corner in Shenzhen
Commuter traffic
Zach
"Please pardon our appearance"
Scooter store
Construction in Shenzhen
Construction in Shenzhen
Fresh Milk
Street food
Delivery?
Delivery?
For rent?
Dongguan
Water tower
Dongguan
Zach, Dongguan
Rain, Dongguan
Me, explaining something
Me
I want one of these motorized cargo trikes
Parking lot repair
Well within a reasonable load
Dongguan
Some weird building in Dongguan
In the evening
 Getting online was a mixed bag. A few of the hotels we stayed at had VPNs, but they were hit or miss: Google might work, but Twitter never did. Somehow CloudMagic (the iOS mail client that I recently switched to) worked no matter what. We made do, but next time I'd probably get a VPN for myself.
Ferry to Central Hong Kong
Benches on the ferry
Full breakfast, Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Hong Kong taxi
Zach + Dan