Greetings again from Shunyi for Tuesday 18th January 2022. Today we have tilted direction a little bit to introduce an article by Zhang Mei, founder of WildChina, travel company and a strong, passionate proponent of sustainable travel. A native of Yunnan province this piece explores the positive changes Mei found on a recent trip back to her homeland. While Mei comes from a tourism focus, it caught our eye as another clear example of how technology and the pandemic are changing, not just life in China, but how business are evolving to adapt.
We have all heard it, the new catch phrase being bandied around: “The New Normal.” Although it does seem, by and large, that most firms are still in the “blaming Covid” for everything wrong with their business (much of which predated Covid) there are, thankfully others who are in Carpe Dien mode – seizing the day. And the opportunity. The is the premise if you like, behind us quoting and referencing Mei’s article.We have included a few extracts as background.
“We went overseas before, and never thought there was anything worthwhile to see domestically.” Roger P, a wealthy lawyer in Beijing, told me, “Now with the pandemic, we have discovered beautiful parts of China. Thanks to Covid.”
But it is not just Chinese travellers who are finding ways to explore their own country. Businesses are also looking “outside the box” which Mei also illustrates:
In recounting some of her early visits, Mei laments the demise of local culture and environment in the developmental rush to jump on the tourism bandwagon. However on her latest trip she is pleasantly surprised to notice subtle changes. Not just in the way cultures, custom and the environment are being protected and nurtured, but in the shift of technology:
What we are trying to illustrate and underscore here is that if you have, or are contemplating business in China it is imperative you keep abreast of changes. Not just Gvt policy or how many fans liked your last post, but the ground level changes in, as we noted above. Culture and marketing trends. To say China moves fast is a gross understatement and the casual, complacent businessperson can easily be caught out.
And again, don’t get sucked in by AP media headlines screaming 20 million Chinese locked down. Take some perspective and view it as % of a 1.4 billion population. Furthermore, very often, those lockdowns are provincial, meaning people are free, but access or egress to the province is denied. Maybe a few weeks, maybe a few days. As we said above, China moves fast. However we admit, it can be hard to find alternative, business orientated China information. Countering this Aim2D maintains a link collection of various publications, both local and international which we have found to carry useful helpful news and updates for foreign businesses in China.
Listed here is a very good source; CAIXIN GLOBAL, a freemium, independent daily publication from whom we often quote, including Mei’s original article: Zhang Mei: Surprising Changes in China Travel After Two Years of Covid.
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