'Made in China' - An Insider's Tour into the World's Bag Factory

The edges of Guangzhou are packed with factory towns. Places that few people visit or really understand. It can be rough, dirty and messy, and it's not easy to find the appeal in the chimneys, warehouses and wealth of trucks. But it's these towns that represent the soul and raison d'être of Guangzhou. For centuries, manufacturing and trade have been at the core of the city's rise. It is the 'China story', where ancient farming villages turned into the factories of the world. These towns possess an immense vibe and energy, where its people and businesses work around the clock.  Where locals flourish and migrant workers seek to fulfil their dreams. If you want to fully understand the rise of China, you need to visit these factory towns.

On this ALL NEW tour we explore the world's bag factory: Shiling, in northern Huadu district. You are hosted and guided by Jeroen and Sophie, local factory owners who have been a part of Shiling's development. Sophie is a Huadu local, and Jeroen a Dutch entrepreneur, who have become one of Shiling's larger players. We visit their factory and hear their stories. We see some of their suppliers, visit the neighborhoods where people live and work, and hear personal stories from a migrant worker. This tour takes you behind the curtain, into areas that stay hidden to most. It gives you insights and a chance to chat with people from within.

Everything is organized and included. A private coach drives us from&to Zhujiang New Town. Cantonese lunch is had at a beautiful garden restaurant around a lake. 

 

Photo credits: Kira Morris, Hong, Cherry 

Practical info

When

July 9th till July 9th

Meeting point

IFC, Zhujiang New Town to IFC, Zhujiang New Town

Price

520

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8:30  Meet at IFC, Zhujiang New Town for coach departure

9:45  Arrival in Shiling, coffee at BSK bag factory

10:00  Start of presentations and factory visit

11:45  Short walk through outdoor wholesale market

12:30  Coach departure for lunch

12:45  Lunch at Shiling best garden restaurant (Cantonese)

14:00  (Optional) Short 1km walk to a nearby village

14:45  Walk through residential/service/small manufacturing villages

15:30  Visit to a small factory hidden on the third floor

16:00  Drinks & snacks

16:30 Departure by private coach

18:00 Arrival in Zhujiang New Town

 

PRICE & WHAT'S INCLUDED

The tour is available at 520 CNY/adult person. Children 14 year old and under pay 280 CNY. Everything you need is included in the fee

Included in the fee:

   Private coach transfer from Zhujiang New Town
   Lunch with drinks
   Coffee, water, drinks & snacks
   All visits and presentations
   English-speaking guides and organizers

 

HOW TO BOOK?!

To book this trip, click the large green 'Book Now' box above in this screen. Full payment upfront is required through WeChat Pay or AliPay. Bookings are handled on a first come, first served basis and a reservation is not complete until paid!  A minimum of 10 participants is needed for this tour to proceed.

For questions you may contact Bram on WeChat (ID: bram_wechat) or 15626406926.

 

WHAT IF IT RAINS?

The tour will not be cancelled in case of rain, we're on, no matter what! Bringing an umbrella is recommended, if not for the rain then for the sun :)  

 

JOINING WITH CHILDREN

Children are very welcome on this trip, but it may not be of their most interest. Boring, messy, dirty is what they will likely say :)

 

WHERE TO MEET

We meet outside IFC, by the main entrance of the Friendship Store on Zhujiang Xi Lu, and next to the golden statue. The address for DiDi is: Guangzhou International Finance Centre or 广州国际金融中心If you come by metro, go to Zhujiang New Town metro station and take exit C. If you have any problems in the morning, you can contact us at 15626406926. Please be there at 8:25am. We will depart at 8:40am the latest! Several days before the tour you will be added to a WeChat group with all participants on the tour.

 

CHANGES AND CANCELLATIONS

You may cancel your tour free of charge until 5 July at 8:00pm. Cancellations after that time are charged 200 CNY. No refunds apply for cancellations within 24 hours before departure time. If we need to cancel the tour due to COVID travel restrictions or typhoon warnings, you will receive a full refund.