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China Part 3

The plane landed in Guangzhou at 1am and after a long and exhausting trip I was looking forward to a nice comfortable bed. Pleased with the temperature as it resembled Florida’s slightly, but with less humidity. The ride from the airport did not allow me to see much because of the darkness, but decorative lights on the side of builds could be seen at every turn.

I did not stay at a traditional hotel, instead I stayed at a condo called 2513 Serviced Residence. Throughout this trip I stayed at numerous hotels and I would have to say that American hotels can learn a thing or two from the Chinese. For example they all provide toothbrush, toothpaste, razor, comb and great shampoo/conditioner. These little things go a long way and are appreciated.

The view from my room was not bad, but the complimentary breakfast was even better. My first meal in China was fried noodles and eggs and let’s not forget the dessert roll.

Now, off to Waveline for a tour of their facility!
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11/27/15
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China Part 2

Preparing for a trip of this magnitude can be a daunting task especially when everyone is trying to give you advice, but all you hear negative remakes about China. I can understand one of the suggestions because I’m a very finicky eater with a very specific palate. When at a restaurant I commonly have my usual and typically will not try something new.

So, you can imagine all the negative remarks I heard about Chinese food and how I will be served or offered cat or dog meat. What was most puzzling was some of these individuals have never been to China, but heard stories. Nevertheless, I made a decision to go with an open mind and “when in China do as the Chinese”.

The other part of this trip which can be exhausting both mentally and physically is the long journey getting to your final destination. This trip started at Palm Beach International airport and ended in Guangzhou. Boarding the plane for this long flight I tried to prepare myself mentally for a very uncomfortable trip, but was given a pleasant surprise when the hatch door closed. The two seats next to me were vacant making this 33 hour journey a little bit more relaxing.
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2015-11-17
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As most already know, I took a trip to China, a communist nation in East Asia with a mixed landscape of vast grassland, endless desert, high mountain ranges, dense forest, lakes, rivers, and large metropolis cities. My first stop and port of entry was Beijing, the capital, where you can visit historic sites and Tiananmen Square. From there I went to Guangzhou where most of the factories I wanted to visit are located. And lastly, visited its largest city, Shanghai, the city of skyscrapers and where the China International Pet Show (CIPS) took place.

In addition to visiting China, I did plan a quick visit to the Philippines where I was given the opportunity of interviewing the most decorated four star General in the history of their country.

Let me put this out there from the start, I am not the type of person that likes to visit historic sites or get caught in the middle of tourist traps. When I visit a place I want to see anything and everything aquarium related. Show me fish shops, fish markets, reef tanks, and hobbyist aquariums and you have my undivided attention.

I had been planning this trip for about a year with many goals in mind. First and foremost, I wanted to visit some of the factories that manufacture some of the products we use with our aquariums. The intention was to visit the companies I admire and respect the most, without prejudice.

In addition, I also wanted to visit CIPS – considered one of the largest trade show in the world. This year the show was held at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in shanghai.

In the next few days and upcoming weeks I will post some of my key important visits, some interesting products that caught my attention, and to highlight some of China’s facts not fiction. Hopefully, I can get pass this jetlag soon enough to provide this content.
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Chinese live seafood market, you pick what you eat.
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10/28/15
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This is an amazing fish at Coral Fever LLC.

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MACE!!!

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Next year is going to be a big one for Marine Conferences, Europe will host their very first Mega Conference.  MACE!

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See them first hand at RAP.
The LED-based E5 lamp from Euroquatics is a direct replacement for your outdated T5HO lamps. See them in person at Reef-A-Palooza next weekend. Available first @ MD!
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