Wow, our trip to China was so much fun! Honor, Huawei’s new technology company for the young and brave, invited us to attend their second anniversary in their hometown Shenzhen. Folks from all over Europe came to celebrate Asia’s latest attempt to take over the smartphone market – and beyond. And, yes, no doubt, China was more than good to us.
We danced to our new favourite band called S.I.N.G., short for Super Impassioned Net Generation, at a huge festival, ate fried chicken feet, cooked frogs and thousand years old eggs at the Green Tea restaurant and visited a huge Chinese park which reminded me of being in the movie Spirited Away. It was truly magical in every single way.
George Zhao, the president of Honor, showed us his latest products. Like the Honor 7, a cheap and modern smartphone for digital natives, wearable Honor bands for active folks and something they call HiLink, an universal language to control different devices from different manufacturers. The message is clear: Be young at heart – and know what you want!
I’ve never been to China before, so the whole trip was a huge premiere for me. The people were great, the beer was cheap and tasty and a big shoutout goes to the Coli Hotel for… I mean, they really know why. XiÃ¨xiÃ¨! Shenzhen itself is the silicon valley of China, huge and modern, not caring about tradition, but aiming for more growth. And sometimes that’s kind of sad, especially for tourists.
We didn’t see any temples, rice fields or whatever your romantic imagination of China is. Shenzhen, home to around 10 million people, is mostly high buildings and wide streets. The nightlife is concentrated, technology is cheap and karaoke is fun. If you’re more into traditional China, you may want to choose Beijing, Hong Kong or some smaller city for your next journey.
There’s one thing you should consider before entering China: Install a VPN, short for virtual private network, on your phone, tablet and your laptop. Otherwise you’re not allowed to access social networks like Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Nowadays it’s half the fun to share your vacation with your friends and your family at home, so not being able to do that would be quite a bummer.
I really can’t wait to go back to China in the near future. These couple of days were quite too short to see enough of this interesting and kind of mysterious country. Thanks to Kathi, Casi, Sameer, Marco, Andi, Gilly, Rainer, Manying, Rita, Ãœmit, Bea, Hua, Kai and all the others who were there to make this trip awesome – see you soon, guys! Bulu Bulu forever!
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