I should add that I consider my counterparts in Hong Kong and China to be friends. For one thing, they watch my back when I'm there -- they make sure I dont' disappear down some dark alley!
Seriously though, they're excellent at what they do and a pleasure to work with. They always put on a feast, make sure that I get to see all the machines I want, and translate when the waitress or some locals in a snooker club are talking about me. =)
If you ever have the pleasure of visiting China, you should know that Chinese food in the US (and most parts of Europe from what I hear) is NOT Chinese food. It's an Americanized (or Europeanized?) version of chinese food, akin to opening a corn dog stand and calling it an American restaurant! It's just a slice, a snapshot of one style, and not the typical fare of most Americans. The pictures that look like the fish section of PetCo are from a typical restaurant where you pick your live food and then go to your table and wait for it to be cooked. Talk about fresh! WYSIWYE (not WYSIWYG). What You See Is What You Eat!
Some other pictures show a rack of EDM electrodes -- a sea of electrodes from projects past! (I can browse the rack and see shapes from parts I've designed going back 5 years). Another picture shows a tame version of how they use motorcycles to bravely transport goods, in this case eggs! (thinking don't crash, don't crash, ...) I've seen 5 people on one motorcycle, usually several times a day while I'm there.
There's something about the Chinese mentality I would like to point out, that, if you've never worked with a Chinese factory, you may not realize. They are not afriad to weld on their molds. If you're a moldmaker or design plastic parts, you know what I mean by this!
Within their realm of experience, they are not inhibited by ideas of "this can't be done" and "we have to charge you for every little manual thing we do." Welding on a mold can cause problems, and a toolmaker, can rightfully feel a little distress about possibly 'ruining' a brand new mold and perhaps a little unhappy toward whatever engineer order the change. However, this attitude is refreshingly absent from every China factory I've worked with so far.
In the interest of derailing any "us versus them" in this thread, I'm not trying to suggest anyone move their business anywhere, or that other toolmakers have any defficeincy. Just saying I like the can-do attitude. When you get outside their comfort zone and try radical new ideas, pushing the limits of possiblilty, then working in China requires carefully picking the right toolmaker for the job. (I've been burned there too). In the US, you can be less carefull. Each has their strength and weakness.
Anyway, enjoy the pictures. I wish I could post the most interesting ones, but they probably reveal just a tad more proprietary info than I feel comfortable with.