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Reflecting times in China

January 2015 in China has been an incredible piece of my life that I will cherish for a long time. Places I have seen, people that I have encountered, food that I have tasted, and business knowledge that I have acquired were invaluable lessons that broadened my worldview and attitude to life.

With tours, self-directed learning, and business trips, 21 days in China was not wasted.

Jet Li
Jet Li

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Hong Kong night
Hong Kong night

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Hong Kong.  Great options!
Hong Kong.
Great options!
Hong Kong subway
Hong Kong subway
Ferrari
Ferrari
Chinese bible
Chinese bible
First Chinese Protestant church
First Chinese Protestant church

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Ray Ban shades for 4 USD
Ray Ban shades for 4 USD

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more palm trees on Gulangyu Island
more palm trees on Gulangyu Island

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Crab fries and shrimp sticks!! soo good
Crab fries and shrimp sticks!! soo good
Passion fruit
Passion fruit
Mr&Mrs Van Drunen on a ferry
Mr&Mrs Van Drunen on a ferry
volleyball at the Xiamen beach
volleyball at the Xiamen beach
hats for 2 USD!
hats for 2 USD!
bridges
bridges
nice building
nice building
cool building
cool building
trying out some Campvalley  camping equipments.
trying out some Campvalley camping equipments.
Playing ninja in business attire
Playing ninja in business attire
Fried rice for 1.2 USD
Fried rice for 1.2 USD
Dorm apartment in Xiamen University
Dorm apartment in Xiamen University
us and the palm trees in Xiamen University
us and the palm trees in Xiamen University
Maximum hygiene
Maximum hygiene
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Nanjing Road in Shanghai
Nanjing Road in Shanghai
View from Shanghai hotel
View from Shanghai hotel
Taylor suits!!
Taylor suits!!
Boxing Cat burger
Boxing Cat burger
Nanjing Road in Shanghai
Nanjing Road in Shanghai
Group lunch!
Group lunch!

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Zhongwei company manufacturing line
Zhongwei company manufacturing line
Security check in every subway stations
Security check in every subway stations
View from our youth hostel in Beijing
View from our youth hostel in Beijing
Bird's Nest Olympic Stadium
Bird’s Nest
Olympic Stadium
Tomb
Tomb
The Great Wall
The Great Wall

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Cool Building
Cool Building
Architecture
Architecture
Temple of Heaven
Temple of Heaven

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Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Professor Van Drunen and Hanfei, teacher's assistant
Professor Van Drunen and Hanfei, teacher’s assistant
Placards says "Long Live the People's Republic of China" and "Long Live the Great Unity of the World's Peoples"
Placards says “Long Live the People’s Republic of China”
and “Long Live the Great Unity of the World’s Peoples”
Security check before we enter the Tiananmen Square
Security check before we enter the Tiananmen Square
Food options
Food options
WangFuJing Night market.  There are so many night snack options. From starfish to scorpions!
WangFuJing Night market.
There are so many night snack options. From starfish to scorpions!

 

Alibaba

Alibaba is a Chinese e-commerce company that provides consumer-to-consumer, business-to-consumer and business-to-business sales services via internet. It also provides electronic payment services (Alipay), a shopping search engine and data-centric cloud computing services.

Jack Ma and 18 other people wanted to create an internet platform for small businesses in China to make it easy to do business anywhere. In 1999, Jack Ma founded Alibaba.com, a business-to-business portal to connect Chinese manufacturers with overseas buyers. In 2012, two of Alibaba’s portals handled $170 billion in sales.

The market value for Alibaba is now $231 billion.

The vision for the company is to become

No. 1 data-sharing platform
Company with highest employee happiness index
life span of 102 years (102 years for them to last 3 centuries)

Alibaba have several platforms:

E-commerce:
Alibaba.com (buisiness to business)
Aliexpress.com (business to consumer)
1688.com (business – business)
Taobao.com consumer-consumer)
Tmall.com
Juhuasuan.com
Alimama.com

Aliyun.com is cloud computing and data developer.

Ant Financial includes Alipay which is similar to Paypal.

9.72 million directly created job
2.04 million indirectly created job

There are millions of people visiting Alibaba’s e-commerce platform a day and during the peak hours (3-5PM), it has been reported that about 15 million users are online.

Enough of numbers and statistics.

Our group arrived to the main campus of Alibaba in *Hangzhou. In the fancy conference room, the PR employee introduced their company and we got to ask some questions. After that, we went to the employee cafeteria where we had lunch. After lunch, we toured the campus.

Alibaba Main Campus in Hangzhou
Alibaba Main Campus in Hangzhou

Conference Room
Conference Room

Tall handsome guys (avg height 6'3")
Tall handsome guys (avg height 6’3″)

Alibaba Group is unique in that it creates platform for small-large businesses to do business with other businesses whereas eBay.com and Amazon.com mainly deals with consumer-to-consumer and business-to-consumer, respectively.

What does Alibaba mean? I like the way it sounds and it is easy name to remember but what does it mean? PR employee said it is a title of a very famous Chinese (traditional?) song. “Arirang” would be an Korean equivalent to “Alibaba.”

I was pleased to see creativity and energy valued in the workplace and seeing the Alibaba group steadily reaching their visions.

*Hangzhou is a 8 million people city with the highest average income of $13,600 in China (Average income of China is $3500). The city was clean and modern.