I visit China very often because I have business partners and some businesses there. In March 2018, it was another visit to China and this time I took more time off. We visited different cities.
March 1st We arrived early in the morning at Xiamen Airport in the Fu Jian Province. Our friend and business partner Jin Wang was waiting for us at the airport, and everything went well. We visited Jin’s home and left our big luggage at his place. It was the best place to get a panoramic view of the lake and that was for me a beautiful first impression of Xiamen city. Right away we had breakfast at Starbucks and later we drove to Long Yan city had dinner and walked around.
In China everything is only in Chinese I mean E V E R Y T H I N G, street signs, toilet signs, food, numbers, etc. So, basically, not having a translator or guide or Chinese friend who speaks English means you will be lost.
It is also really hard to get outer help, no one speaks English there, and I mean it! No one! This is the reason why business people to speak Chinese is future. Because they don’t speak a word. I think next generate will already start talking as our Translator Ken told us the young generation learning it already in school. So in the future, this is not so hopeless.
Even out business partner and friend spoke only Chinese which made this a warming challenge. But, we had good friend KEN, who always translate and help me at meetings.
Xiamen City was a positive surprise! It was just so clean and perfect. There all streets are new, traffic is well organized and even the bushes are cut so correctly that it looks artistic. Also, the architecture wasn’t boring those huge buildings had a nice look and made quite an environment.
Food was tasty and healthy –junk food aside- I mean real China food.
And China doesn’t automatically translate in cheap like we are used think. You know when we say “cheap stuff is made in China” or “China town purchases” thinking this is cheap. HUGE mistake, so no, it was the complete opposite. Made in China is expensive and quality level dependent. It turns out that in China there are three levels of goods with different prices according to their quality.
Second Day In China – March 2ndWe visited the office in the FTA of Xiamen city, went to the Gulangyu Island and bought some tea. Xiamen City is well known as the City Of Tea.
In China, the Tea is really important, not only to their culture but to their daily lives. There, every home, office, and restaurant has its particular tea table, and everyone knows how to make tea and enjoy the special Tea Ceremony. That day we also visited a shop where our friends made us tea package gift. They serve tea in small cups and drink it very hot and taking sips up to 20 times. This particular Tea is made from tea tree leaves.
The food we got for Dinner and lunch was very tasty. Their kitchen includes a lot of soups and steam food which makes their menu really healthy. My favourite dish was an egg and tomato soup with all green steamed vegetables. I discovered an amazing Steam egg omelette that was so tasty and healthy I couldn’t keep from repeating. China’s food is made with knowledge and traditions from thousand years ago. We have so much to learn from China kitchen.
We reached there around midday Chen Zhou city of the Hunan Province. The first what comes a reader’s mind is probably this is illegal. But Surprise! It is not; Why? Well, the Chinese government already decided to ban cryptocurrency, but then turned out that the government itself has cryptographic mines and they bring money to the state, so this plan to ban cryptocurrency was discarded. Now, this topic is a grey area where it is neither illegal nor legal.
On the 5rd day in China, we visited our crypto currency mining farm.
Ok, now let’s get back to the story. Cryptocurrency Mining consumes a lot of Electricity and requires a power station. The cards are excavating Bitcoin, Dashi, Litecoin, and Ethereum.
This is a complicated and high-risk business, with such a large farm you may only extract a few Bitcoins per day and a certain amount other coins.
True business agreements are born in different places. In a Village in Middle of China on dining at the table with Chinese Rice Vodka e Baijiu or Wine.
Later we visited our friend’s relatives nearby in a small village and had dinner at a real home-based farm with eco-food and more 42C rice vodka.
The food is made in a kitchen where there is a bonfire cooker corner with one pan, and on top of everything, the smoke meets above this bonfire cooker.
For Dinner, we had every possible Chinese vegetable and different types of meat paired with beef and fish. The main dish was chicken broth.
Rice is served with every food, and/or white bread with a soft inside and a crunchy exterior.
In China, on this time I did not met anyone from Europe; also, I didn’t see any European stuff either. I only heard a few times some English words at the airport/ tourist guide center.
Let’s see what’s changed the next time I visit my friends and business. I’ll let you know through my blogs.