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Jason Yang’s 5 day interpreter experience with Argentina Clients in Shenzhen, China

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Jason Yang’s 5 day interpreter experience with Argentina Clients in Shenzhen, China

This month from July 24th,2012 to July, 28th, 2012, 5 days, is my first time cooperation withFREEIVA, which provided me an excellent Argentinean client Mr. B and Mr. A. HereI would like to express my sincere attitude to all staffs of FREEIVA andespecially Nick, who give me a 30 minutes call and introduced every details andthings need to be careful with during providing interpretation service.

Now, I am going to share my experience witheveryone as follows. Mr. B and Mr. A are son and father. It is the first timethey came to China from Buenos Aries, Argentina. They arrived in Shanghai PudongAirport in the morning of July, 23rdand planned to departure from ShanghaiHongqiao Airportto Shenzhan Baoan Airportin the night. Unfortunately the strongest typhoon attacked Guangdong (According to later statistics,more than 460 thousand people are influenced and more than $ 16 Million USDeconomical loss), all the flights were delayed. Mr. B told me keeping in touchand waiting for his update. Next early morning they boarded the earliest flightdeparture from Shanghaiat 7:20 and arrived at Shenzhen at 9:40.

24th, July, 2012 (1stDay): I went to the airport in heavy rain around 8 am, picked them up and wetaken a taxi to the hotel and checked in. After they taken a shower and gotclothes changed, it is almost near 12 am. So we decided to visit 2 suppliersnearby that I have already made appointments before they came. So we takenmetro to the supplier and waiting for them to pick us up, they told us 5 minutewould arrive, yet, we almost wait for them about 30 minutes. After we arrivedat their factory, we had a short meeting, inspected their workshop and headedfor the next one. The previous factory driver dropped us at the next factory.We had a short conversation, asked our concerned questions and they showed ustheir samples, and we got some samples from them and back to Hotel. This is thefirst day of 5 days. (From this day, I realized it is very important for the foreignersto pay attention to weather forecast and avoid visit during bad weathercondition time, and also one kind remind to Chinese factories or suppliers isthat it is very important to be punctual as customer has very limited time foryour company during their stay in China and also it gives very bad impressionfor your company if keeping customers waiting.)

25th, July, 2012 (2ndDay): We met at hotel around 8 am, and takena metro to a mini projector factory in Baoan, Shenzhen. We are very impressedby their products and company after their display of samples, companyintroduction and factory tour. We bought some samples we like. They invited usfor a very delicious lunch and after that we headed for the next one, a verybig speaker factory in Baoan, Shenzhen, recommended by me. They introducedtheir company and products to us also led us around their workshop and Lab andoffice. We are very satisfied with their company, we will definitely doingbusiness with them. After expressing our gratitude to them for receiving us andsaying goodbye to them, their driver dropped us to the third supplier, a professionalmedia player manufacturer. They showed us their samples; we decided to take 2of our most interested models back. As it is almost evening time, we haveanother appointment with a car media player factory, we head for it and had ashort meeting with them and finished today’s visit. (In the second day, wevisited 4 suppliers, and are satisfied with almost all of them, we all hold theopinion that it is a very productive and fruitful visiting day.)

26th, July,2012 (3rd Day): As today’s arrangement is trying to visit 6 furnituresuppliers in Shunde, Foshan, which is long distance from Shenzhen. I got up at6 am and met with Mr. A and Mr. B at 7:00 inShenzhen North Railway Station and taken the earliest bullet train (The mostfast train @ speed of 300 Kms/Hour) from Shenzhen to Guangzhou at 7:25 firstand then transfer from Shenzhen to Shunde by the earliest train at 9:03. Thefirst home leather sofa furniture company, a very professional home leathersofa factory, picked us up from Shunde train station. We visited their showroomfirst and the contact sales lady Miss Wang showed us their catalogue and materialsample, and then showed us their workshop. We are satisfied with their product,gratitude for her precious time for receiving us and as time is tight we leftthem and for the next one. The next is a professional office furniture factory,they also very nice and experienced. We asked the questions we concernedcollected their catalogue and went for lunch. As it is a very rural industrialarea and hard to find a restaurant, fortunately I noticed one when we are onthe way coming to this company and it is not far. We walked there and ordered 1fired fish, 1 pork and 1 vegetable. Though it is very small restaurant, thetest is very delicious and charge is also economical. After lunch the thirdfactory came to pick us up. There are solid wooden furniture manufacturer, mostof their products are classic solid wooden sofa, table and chair. Their GeneralManager Mr. Zhou Showed us around their warehouse, workshop, R&D office,and QC house, and each processing steps. We are very appreciated for his timeand patience and also impressed by their products. As time was getting close tothe evening, we decided to visit the fourth also the last one, a rattanfurniture factory, their boss came to pick us up and showed us around theirfactory and explain the whole process of how to manufacture a rattan furniture.We liked their products which are mainly used in outside open air waterproofand asked our concerned questions. We hope could do business with them too.After that He sent us to the railway station and we take the train back to Shenzhen(From This day’ and my old experience, for the furniture buyer, Foshan andDongguan is the top 2 famous furniture production center in Guangdong, whichhas the latest design, widest choice, different quality level and best price,yet as the distance is long from Shenzhen, it is better take the earliest trainthere or book the hotel in Foshan or Dongguan)

27th, July, 2012(4th Day): Today we arranged 4 companies in Shenzhen to Visit. First we went toa professional Tablet PC (MID) factory. They received us in their office and weare pleased with their sample and their production capacity and factorymanagement, we got 7 pieces of 2 different models from them and left foranother big manufactory of LED and LCD TV. They are OME factory for HITACHI, and theirmanagement and factory looks very good. Yet the contact person is not sosatisfied enough. He keeps us waiting for quite a long time without arranging adriver to drop us, while their factory is very inconvenient for taking a taxior metro or a private car. So as we still have another supplier to meet, wedecided don’t waste time for waiting. We go ourselves out of the industrialpark and waiting for taxi on the street. After 20 minutes still no result , wephoned an escort taxi company, they said if there is a call to you then itmeans a taxi will coming otherwise no taxi nearby. We wait about 10 minutesstill no call. We asked the security guard of that industrial park.. He kindlyadvised us to go about 500 meters and there is a bus station that we could taketo the down town. We followed his instruction and reached that station, after 4to 5 minutes we successfully get on the bus heading for the third supplier. Afterwe arrived, she lead us to their small office (within 60 Square meters),obviously very small company with less than 3 people. They showed their sample(various samples). As they showed us some samples and the quotation is not bad,we decided to buy some samples from them. And after that they taken us to afactory, which was producing another kind of product and the name of company isnot in conformity with the name of their company. So I suggested client that theyare small trading company, we would have capital risk and don’t have a reliablequality warranty, we’d better do not cooperate with them. After that we triedto visit another company, but they suggest he is in Hong Kong and not convenient for receiving us in factory could meetwith us in the hotel. So we decided erase them from the list too and back tohotel directly. (From this day’s experience we learned the importance of hiringa car or a reliable interpreter or guide, in that case, even if the factory don’task taxi for us or leave us alone, we could still get away from that factoryand don’t waste a whole morning or afternoon there. And also factory audit isvery important; when you see their company with your own eyes you would knowtheir company capacity immediately)

28th,July, 2012 (5th Day): This is the final day of client’s stay in Shenzhen, China.As we have so efficiently finished visiting so many companies in the past 4days. We decided to do some shopping for relax. We meet at the hotel lobby 8:20and went to star bucks for some bread and coffee in Huaqiangbei area and wentto SEG electronics market first for the code bar scanning gun, yet we searchedall floors, but could not fund so we given up. After that one of the Shenzhenfurniture factories called me said that as we don’t have time to go theirfactory, they brought us their catalogue and also some material for their homesofa. We checked their catalogue and asked for all the information that we concerned. We are pleased with theirproducts and hope to cooperate with them too. After this meeting, we continuedour shopping for A full function rice cooker from Suning and got 3 more tabletpc from Sangda Market and bought a ceramic knife for his brother to cook atShundian department store. After that we back to have some Guilin rice noodle which is also veryfeatured, delicious and popular Chinese food as lunch. And time is gettingclose to 2 pm. As we booked the business car from Hotel to Hong Kong Airportaround 2 pm. So we hurried for checking out and collecting all luggages fromroom. I We said goodbye to each other untiltheir car disappear from my eyes.

Toconclude, this five days interpretation is one of my unforgettable experiencesin my freelance interpretation career, they are very kind and easy going clientI have ever met and we enjoyed the time we spent together. Thanks Mr. B and Mr.A Hope to meet with more customers that who come to Shenzhen, Chinafor Business or Tourism. Remember, if you need a interpreter/translator/tour guide/businessassistant in Shenzhen, please don’t forget to contact Shenzhen freelanceinterpreter Jason Yang.