As part of my China Studies course, Professor Huang took us on another company visit to Shenzhen Wuzhoulong Motors Company this evening. Our agenda included the following:
a.Lobby and laboratories
c.Electric Powered Bus Trial Drive
e.Meeting Room Discussion
3.Dinner from 18:50 – 20:30
After our company tour, one of the managers took the entire class out to a fancy Chinese style banquet dinner. As the Class Monitor, I was required to sit in the "guest of honor seat" directly to the left of the big boss (AKA the one paying for everyone else). Translation: I had to toast a glass of wine about every five minutes and repeatedly say "xie xie xie xie xie" as he dumped more food on my plate. Otherwise, I was not giving him proper respect. When in doubt, raise your glass, smile, and say xie xie on repeat. That's all you need to know when out to dinner with a big boss! Below is a bit about the company, taken from their website...
*NOTE: I am editing their website for them and helping them correct all of the English translation errors you will see below...
Shenzhen Wuzhoulong Motors Group is a high-tech enterprise specializing in manufacturing and exporting different series bus and coach, especially environment-friendly buses. With its headquarter in Shenzhen, Wuzhoulong has 3 branches, respectively in Chongqing, Shenyang and Guangdong Jieyang, totally covering 1,1 million square meters, owning 10,000 employees and enjoying an annual production capacity of 30,000 units. Characterized with Wuzhoulong new energy buses as its main products, Wuzhoulong has developed more than 150 varieties of products covering all bus fields, such as hybrid buses, pure electric bus, new energy bus, diesel bus and coach. Its sales not only covers 20 more provinces and cities in China, including Hong Kong, Macau, but also overseas districts and market, such as America, Latin America, Middle-east, and African countries, totally over 40 countries. International after-sales service team is especially organized to supply overseas maintenance which is highly praised by customers.
Wuzhoulong started the development of new energy bus early in 2000. In 2002 the first hybrid sample bus in China named "Chinese No. 1" successfully launched off and exported to American. In 2005, it supplied 7 units hybrid city bus to Shenzhen to start the first national new energy bus commercial demo operation route line. In 2008, 50 units more hybrid bus were put into Shenzhen market which means national large-scale commercial demo officially launched. In August 2011, totally 2011 units of new energy vehicle served 26th World Universiade, and Wuzhoulong new energy bus accounts for over 75% , including 1,350 single-decker hybrid buses, 20 double-decker hybrid buses, 53 electric buses, 26 pure electric middle buses, 60 fuel cell site buses and 2 fuel cell buses. Until now, nearly 3,000 Wuzhoulong new energy buses are running in more than 20routes in China, so Wuzhoulong undoubtedly enjoys the largest quantity of new energy buses in operation worldwide
Enjoy the pics below! (The Chinese man next to me in several of the pictures below is my Professor of China Studies - Professor Haifeng Huang)
P.S. Sorry the photo quality is not too great...Eek.