Hong Kong and Panyu, China

I spent two wild and crazy nights in Hong Kong… Christos just happened to be in town at the same time I was there and I haven’t seen him in years, so we had a great time catching up, and doing the things we used to do, 5 years ago, in Lang Kwai Fong…

Then I took a bus to Panyu, China. Panyu is about a 3 hour bus ride from Hong Kong… about 1 hour from Shensen… also about 1 hour from Guangzhou, and 1 hour from Macau…

I am mainly here on business… and it already has been bizarre. I have been with a friend of mine, Danny Deadlock here, looking at some internet companies, as well as some other business ventures… We ended up having lunch today with most of the top ranking officials in this part of China, including the Mayor of one of the cities here. During the lunch, about every couple of minutes someone would stand up (there were about 10 of us total), walk over to someone and “cheers” them with about an 8 ounce glass of beer… the two “cheersers” would then shoot the whole glass of beer. I managed to avoid a fair amount of it… but Danny somehow was the center of attention and he ended up doing this about 10 times during the lunch… he was pretty much completely hammered by the end of the lunch.

Welcome to Chinese business school! As is almost always the case in business, hardly any business was discussed and pretty much everyone just got drunk…

The night before, Danny and I, and a cool guy who has been designated by one of the companies we are speaking with to “show us around” were out at a nightclub here called the Jazz Bowl. And, we had numerous Chinese girls all doing the same thing… coming up, cheersing us, and then shooting entire bottles of beer. This is one crazy, fast drinking country.

The girls here dance so crazy… they basically flail around, whipping their head around violently… i’ve never seen anything quite like it… and they do it for minutes at a time… if i even tried to do what they do for more than 5 seconds i’d pull something for sure…

I was last in this region 10 years ago and man has it changed… it has developed so much… when I was last here it was quite dirty, poor and squalid… now it is very nice, with big gardens and treed esplanades with all sorts of high end clothing and car stores… The person we know here, Joe, says that this area is changing dramatically on a yearly basis right now. It is definitely interesting times to be in China… but I don’t know how much more ‘cheersing’ we can do with the locals!?