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Massive Recruitment Drive Underway in China To Build Apple’s Next iPhone

Posted: 07/25/2014 9:16 am

Foxconn is planning to hire at least 100,000 workers at its manufacturing bases in Shenzhen, Henan and Hebei Provinces to produce the latest version of Apple’s iPhone. The iPhone 6 is expected to launch in the third quarter of this year, reported Tencent News.

Jiao Jinmiao, head of the Henan Commerce Department, confirmed that Foxconn, the largest contract manufacturer of Apple products in the world, plans to hire another 100,000 workers in that particular province alone after the new iPhone 6 production equipment is put in place.

Workers in Foxconn’s Shenzhen manufacturing plant lines up for hiring.

Foxconn’s manufacturing factory in Zhengzhou, Henan has been hiring every day since June 26. In addition to the massive recruitment in Henan, its manufacturing plants in Langfang, Hebei Province, Yantai, Shandong Province, and Shenzhen have all started hiring new personnel.

The new iPhone 6 is rumored to have two versions, namely a 4.7-inch version and a 5.5-inch version, with at least one model having a sapphire screen. According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Apple has ordered its manufacturing suppliers to produce 60 million to 70 million iPhone 6 units, the highest production volume of any iPhone model in the company’s history.

Foxconn has been producing iPhone 6 since March this year.

Due to the large orders of the new iPhones, workers in Foxconn’s Shenzhen manufacturing plant are requested to work day and night, according to one person who claimed to be in charge of hiring in Shenzhen when interviewed by Tencent.

Foxconn also rolled out several financial incentives to stimulate work production. Workers who chose to work overtime can get up to twice their salary. Any worker who brought in a new recruit who stays with the company for three months can also get a RMB 300 reward, according to the report.

Foxconn has previously experienced problems with its workforce. In 2012, the company was embroiled in a scandal when many of its workers committed suicide, leading to the installment of nets to catch them and the signing of a “no suicide” pact.

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Photos: T3/Screenshot; Tencent 

Haohao

Nanfang TV: Pharrell Williams’ “Happy in Shenzhen”

Posted: 06/22/2014 2:58 pm

Someone has finally done it: our very own Happy video set right here in Shenzhen.

Youku user Lilyfang is apparently behind the video, which is the third (by our count) Happy video in China after Hong Kong and the pollution-filled Beijing video.

Check it out.

Haohao

PRD’s Contribution to the World Cup: Footballs and Condoms

Posted: 06/13/2014 7:14 pm

brazica ball football world cupTheChinese National Football Team can stop moping over its exclusion from the World Cup as the Pearl River Delta has found a way to represent China at the world’s biggest sporting event: by supplying the tournament’s official footballs and condoms.

While these two products have nothing in common, their production exhibits the Chinese pride that won’t be excluded, qualifying rounds be damned.

The “Samba Glory” from Shenzhen

The footballs used in the previous World Cup came under tremendous scrutiny for providing substandard performance. Called the Jabulani, the ball was criticized by Brazilian striker Luis Fabiano as being “supernatural” and for having unpredictable trajectories. This has led to a high-tech redesign of the official World Cup football—called the Brazucathat has involved NASA wind tunnels and aerodynamic experts.

However, this official football designed and licensed by Adidas has humble roots, hailing from an undisclosed plastics factory in the Gongming Tianliao Industrial Area on Shenzhen’s west side. In fact, there is so much secrecy at this factory that many of its own workers don’t even know that the official World Cup ball is produced here.

A worker named Ah Ju confirmed to a reporter with the Yangcheng Evening Report that the official World Cup ball is made in a second floor workshop near the main entrance by a small group of ten workers, mostly women. The workers are sworn to secrecy, and the workroom is a restricted area that is sometimes guarded by security.

world cup football factory

Even though the high-tech research and development that went into this football was very expensive, the production and labor costs at the “Asian X Plastic Company of Shenzhen” remain low. Workers that make the official World Cup football only earn a monthly wage of RMB 3,000 (US$483), and are expected to work regular overtime and half-days on Saturdays.

Called “Samba Glory” in Chinese, the ball retails for RMB 1,299 (US$209) in China, meaning that workers would only be able to afford to purchase two of the footballs they make every month. However, as Ah Ju points out, progress has been made.

As confirmed by a company representative, the same factory had the honor of making the official football for the last World Cup, which cost RMB 1,080 (US$174). As Ah Ju points out, however, the workers were only earning a monthly wage of RMB 2,000 (US$322) back then, meaning things have improved.

World Cup Condom Kings

world cup condomsMoving on from balls and getting to the meat of the matter, the Pearl River Delta’s other connection to the World Cup is a factory in Guangzhou that supplies another vital product, although one used when games aren’t underway: the condom.

A Guangzhou company named Double One (Shuangyi) has been approved by the Brazilian government to be its sole supplier of condoms, reports Southern Metropolis Daily.

Located in Shuangyi, Huadu District, Double One takes up a total space of 130,000 square meters.  The latex factory has eight production lines to meet demand and soon hopes to expand to ten. In fact, Double One has deep roots with the World Cup. Back when South Africa hosted the games in 2010, this same company supplied 35 million condoms.

China is one of the top condom producers in the world. China sold 10 billion condoms in 2012, 25% of all sales in the world at that time.

Brazilians apparently demand high quality condoms, as they were described by the Southern Metropolis Daily as being from an ”extremely sexually-open country”.

Rules for the world’s most popular pastime remain the same: one in the net will end the game.

Photos: Yangcheng Evening ReportSouthern Daily, Myactivesg

Haohao

Shenzhen Weekend: World Cup, Prom Party, Love Boat, Get Wet and More

Posted: 06/12/2014 4:10 pm

The World Cup kicks off this weekend and is taking over the city with promotions. But if football (soccer?) isn’t your thing, there’s still many other things going on.

Here’s what’s happening this weekend in Shenzhen:

June 12th – Thursday Frisbee Throwing Training by the SZUPA – The SZUPA is an organization with the goal of spreading the sport of Ultimate Frisbee to Shenzhen and China. Join them Thursdays if you’d like to learn the basics of throwing and catching a disc.

June 12th - World Cup KICKOFF @ O!Garden – Enjoy the beginning of the World Cup high above Coco Park at O! Garden.

June 12th - Raps Open Mic Night – One of the liveliest open mics in town that runs late into the night. Great for blowing off some steam.

June 12th – World Cup at the Warehouse on Shenzhen’s Largest Screen - Arguably the best, most authentic New York style pizza, discounted beer, and 300″ projection streaming of the World Cup. Seems like the best choice to me.

June 12th - World Cup Central at The Tavern Sports Bar & Grill – The Tavern in Shekou is introducing a loyalty program during the World Cup. Beautiful new bar in Shekou Seaworld with great food and drink.

June 13th – France Folk Singer Elsa Kopf 2014 China Tour @ B10 Live – This multi-lingual talent with a beautiful voice will be performing @ B10 live. Enjoy a large variety of music styles that combine, swing, bossa nova, and jazz rhythms.

June 13th - Muzik Garden: 80s PROM PARTY featuring YEYAN RADIOThis Friday is the prom! So get a date, dress to impress, and relive your high-school days. Mario Kart available to play and 10% of all proceeds go to charity.

June 14th - I’m On A Boat! Party! By love, Shenzhen! – Steam Punk themed Junk boat party shoving off at 7:30AM this Saturday. BYOB but food is included for the bargain of a price of only HK$350. GO GO GO!

June 14th – GET WET 2014 @ The Venice Hotel Shenzhen – The Venice hotel will be starting up their themed, DJ’d, pool parties starting this Saturday.

June 15th - Ultimate Frisbee in Futian –  The meet will take place on Sunday 2:00pm at Lianhua Middle School, and then food and drinks will be had at Frankies American Bar

If you attend any of these events, please email me at Jeff@thenanfang.com and we may include some of your reviews in a future post. Let’s keep your event organizers working to provide better and better events!

 

Haohao

Shenzhen Weekend: Drum N’ Bass, Ultimate Frisbee, Anniversary Party, and Open Mic

Posted: 06/5/2014 4:00 pm

Let’s hope the weather stays nice as it has been for the last few days. Not too humid, not too rainy.

Here’s what’s happening this weekend in Shenzhen:

June 5th – Thursday Frisbee Throwing Training by the SZUPA – The SZUPA is an organization with the goal of spreading the sport of ultimate frisbee to Shenzhen and China. Join them Thursdays if you’d like to learn the basics of throwing and catching a disc.

June 5th – Argentine Tango Party (Milonga in Sports Bar) – Spend the night dancing with girls eager to find a dance partner. Come with a partner or find one there. It’s time to tango!

June 5th – Raps Open Mic Night – One of the liveliest open mics in town that runs late into the night. Great for blowing off some steam.

June 6th – The Village Bar & Grill 4 Year Anniversary Party – The Village Bar & Grill will be offering great food deals and great live music to commemorate four years of being open. If you’re in the area, check it out.

June 6th - MUZIK BOX LAUNCH PARTY featuring MIZ KISHI (UK) – Friday night marks the beginning of Muzik BoX in Shenzhen. Lots of local DJs will be performing in the line up that includes Miz Kishi, an English DJ visiting from HK. Expect lots of Drum N Bass. And what’s the biggest selling point to me? Mario Kart and Street Fighter on the SNES. 10% of all proceeds go towards the Bonfire Heart Charity Bike Ride to India.

June 8th - Ultimate Frisbee in Futian –  The meet will take place on Sunday 2:00pm at Lianhua Middle School, and then food and drinks will be had at Frankies American Bar

If you attend any of these events, please email me at Jeff@thenanfang.com and we may include some of your reviews in a future post. Let’s keep your event organizers working to provide better and better events!

Editor’s Note: We’re looking for dining and nightlife writers in Guangzhou and Dongguan. If you’re interested, please get in touch with us at admin@thenanfang.com

Haohao

Shenzhen Weekend: Care for Kids Charity, Yeyan Radio Launch, Beach Festival, Reggae

Posted: 05/29/2014 1:29 pm

Both the beach and the city are full of fun activities this weekend! What a great way to end May! Here’s what’s happening:

May 29th – Care For Kids Charity Event at The Tavern Sports Bar & Grill – Support a great person doing something for a great cause. “Super” Dee Fuller will be doing a series of marathons in Australia for Children with Diabetes. Come tonight and help out if you can.

May 29th – Raps Open Mic Night – One of the liveliest open mics in town that runs late into the night. Great for blowing off some steam.

May 30th - Cocktail Francophone – Les Duos is organizing a cocktail party for the French visiting or living in Shenzhen. One of the best restaurants in Shenzhen. especially for French food.

May 30th - Reggae Night @ Village Bar & Grill – Yeah Mon Reggae Beats at The Village Bar N Grill.

May 30th - 12th Anniversary V Bar @ The Venice Hotel Shenzhen – Black and Gold “The Great Gatsby” themed party celebrating V Bar’s 12th birthday. Looks fun.

May 31st - Yeyan Radio 18 Hour Launch Party – Yeyan Radio will be launching in style with a giant music festival on May 31st. Lots of good bbq and an outdoor pool? Nice.

May 31st – Don’t Go Home From The Beach – Large Beach Party with a long list of mostly Shenzhen’s well known DJ’s. Even bringing people from Guangzhou down. Looks epic.

June 1st - Ultimate Frisbee in Futian –  The meet will take place on Sunday 2:00pm at Lianhua Middle School, and then food and drinks will be had at Frankies American Bar

If you attend any of these events, please email me at Jeff@thenanfang.com and we may include some of your reviews in a future post. Let’s keep your event organizers working to provide better and better events!

Editor’s Note: We’re looking for dining and nightlife writers in Guangzhou and Dongguan. If you’re interested, please get in touch with us at admin@thenanfang.com

Haohao

Shenzhen Weekend: Improv Comedy, Snake Pit BBQ, Beach Party, Las Vegas, Jazz, Hip Hop

Posted: 05/22/2014 5:06 pm

There’s so much happening in Shenzhen this weekend, it’s easy to find something fun! Here’s what’s happening:

May 22nd – Thursday Frisbee Throwing Training by the SZUPA – Join the SZUPA on Thursdays if you’d like to learn the basics of throwing and catching a frisbee.

May 22nd – Raps Open Mic Night – One of the liveliest open mics in town that runs late into the night. Great for blowing off some steam.

May 23rd - DLB Trio @ Jazz Garden – Chinese Jazz Trio back from a 10 city tour to perform at Jazz Garden in Shenzhen.

May 24th – 3 Dudes Improv Comedy @ Farsome! – THIS SATURDAY, the first ever 3 Dudes Improv Comedy lands in Shenzhen! Professional Hong Kong Comedians with LOTS of fun audience interaction. Not to be missed!

May 24th - Shenzhen’s Underground Hip Hop Party – The monthly break dance competition and Hip Hop DJs return for a fun night of Underground hip hop mayhem.

May 24th - Masquerade Party @ the JW Marriot – A fun night of masked attendees and delicious unending food and drink. One of the nicer activities this weekend.

May 24th – Rapscallions 3rd Birthday Party! – Someone’s turning 3! Live Music, food, drinks, prizes and fun to be had at Rapscallions.

May 24th – Las Vegas @ Pepper Club – If there wasn’t enough sin in Pepper Club already, they will be packing in a whole lot more for their Vegas party.

May 24th – Psytribe X White Cat Present : RETURN TO GOA – Psytribe is back!  This time teaming up with White Cat to bring you Shenzhen’s first ever Psychedelic Trance Festival at Dong Chong Beach, May 24-25.

May 25th – Summer BBQ @ The Snakepit - Let’s welcome the summer at China’s oldest expat bar with meat fresh off the grill and some nice beer @ The Snake Pit.

May 25th - Ultimate Frisbee in Futian –  The meet will take place on Sunday 2:00pm at Lianhua Middle School, and then food and drinks will be had at Frankies American Bar

If you attend any of these events, please email me at Jeff@thenanfang.com and we may include some of your reviews in a future post. Let’s keep your event organizers working to provide better and better events!

Editor’s Note: We’re looking for dining and nightlife writers in Guangzhou and Dongguan. If you’re interested, please get in touch with us at admin@thenanfang.com

Haohao

Zhuhai Most Livable City in China, PRD Cities Among Most Competitive

Posted: 05/14/2014 12:03 pm

zhuhai balconyZhuhai readers of the Nanfang may have trouble reading this on their balconies as the glare of the sun reflects off a shining ocean of topaz, but here goes: you live in the most livable city in China.

The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) has released a report that put Zhuhai ahead of Hong Kong for the first time as China’s most livable city. Rounding out the top three on the list is Haikou in Hainan Province; fellow Pearl River Delta city Shenzhen came in at the number six position.

Compiled from a list of 294 cities, the CASS determines the ranking based upon factors such as house price-to-income ratio, environment and ecology.

In another CASS report that ranks cities in terms of competitiveness, Hong Kong ranks first in China as determined by its living conditions, city harmony, cultural competitiveness, and its ability to be economically competitive.

As if to make up for not being represented enough on the previous list, PRD cities are all over this one: Shenzhen is named as the second most competitive city in China while Guangzhou is listed at number five, Foshan at number nine, and Macau at number ten.

Zhuhai was recently named at the top of a list of Chinese cities with the best air quality in a report made by the Environmental Protection Agency. Along with Shenzhen, Zhuhai was listed among six cities to score a perfect 100% record of clean days during the entire year.

But then, it may be a given that local residents know their air quality is sublime. The breeze is so crisp in Zhuhai that they flew the world’s largest kite there, and then did it again this year as though to subtly hint that such a record can’t be bested in the limpid, stale smog of the north.

Telling someone to “go fly a kite” may not be construed as a testament to urban air quality, so we’re told by the WSJ of the other reasons why Zhuhai is China’s most livable city:

Factors such as a large proportion of college students, a variety of dining and shopping venues and ample green space gave the city its edge, says Ni Pengfei, the director of the academy’s Center for City and Competitiveness.

Zhuhai: China’s answer to Fort Lauderdale. “Spring Break” will finally receive the proper Western meaning it has been lacking all along.

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Photo: typepad

Haohao

Shenzhen Weekend: Party Bus, Tunnel Show, Vintage Party, and Idea Xchange

Posted: 04/24/2014 12:28 pm

The weekend starts today with a party bus to deliver you to some fun. Here’s hoping for some good weather this weekend so we can go out to experience all these fun events.

Check out what’s happening:

Apr. 24th – Thursday Frisbee Throwing Training by the SZUPA – Join the SZUPA Thursdays if you’d like to learn the basics of throwing and catching a frisbee.

Apr. 24th – Luohu Beer Party Bus to M1 In Club – Join Asia Club Zone on their beer bus to Luohu’s new M1 In Club. Free Playboy beer and beer specials.

Apr. 25th – Vintage Party at Club Viva Shekou ROOFTOP – Time to dig deep into your closets, or your parents’ closets. The older the style, the more in-style you’ll be at the Vintage Party at Club Viva

Apr. 25th - DRAM playing at Xpats – Enjoy some original music with Dram every last Friday of the month at Xpats.

Apr. 25th - LIGHT club presents DJ BOBINA – Light Club is featuring Russian Top 100 DJ DJ Bobina this Friday in Futian.

Apr. 26th - Tunnel Show at The IKEA Tunnels – Rock music in a “secret” tunnel (that everyone knows about now) and delicious shwarma and falafel? I’m so there!

Apr. 27th - IdeaXchange April event – The Shenzhen IdeaXchange will have their April event this Sunday from 1:30-5:30pm. The hype says hundreds are going.

Apr. 27th - Ultimate Frisbee in Futian – The meet will take place on Sunday at 2:00pm at Lianhua Middle School after which food and drinks will be had at Frankies American BarThe SZUPA meet every Sunday to play Ultimate Frisbee.

If you attend any of these events, please email me at Jeff@thenanfang.com and we may include some of your reviews in a future post. Let’s keep your event organizers working to provide better and better events!

Editor’s Note: We’re looking for dining and nightlife writers in Guangzhou and Dongguan. If you’re interested, please get in touch with us at admin@thenanfang.com

Photo: M1 In

Haohao

Shenzhen Weekend: Easter Events Galore, Standup Comedy, Carsick Cars and More

Posted: 04/17/2014 4:39 pm

Easter is almost here and that crazy rabbit seems to be in many places at once. Check out where he’s going amid all the other fun this Easter weekend.

Apr. 17th – Thursday Frisbee Throwing Training by the SZUPA – Join the SZUPA Thursdays if you’d like to learn the basics of throwing and catching a frisbee.

Apr. 18th - Alex Kenji @ Pepper Club – Alex Kenji will be making a stop at Pepper to play some of his signature House music blends. Catch him this Friday.

Apr. 18th & 19th - Bunny or Devil @ V bar - Hop on over to V Bar for two days of Easter themed sexiness lead by International sexy dance group Scorpio. Make sure to follow the dress code for this themed party. 18th White, 19th Black.

Apr. 19th - Happy Easter at Café Zentro – Cafe Zentro in the Venice hotel will be having a lunch and dinner buffet themed for Easter on the 19th and 20th with egg painting, a clown, and the Easter Buddy is rumored to be on the guest list. Their buffet will include seafood, desserts, soft drinks and even beer.

Apr. 19th – Carsick Cars promoting their new Album @ B10 Live -  The Carsick Cars return this Saturday to B10 as they to tour for their newly released album.

Apr. 19th – LIVE Standup Comedy @ OCT Farsome Space! This Saturday! Free Ride by Uber! – English Standup Comedy returns to OCT Farsome Space this Saturday. It was voted the #1 entertainment in Hong Kong by Lonely Planet. Even show up in style in an Audi thanks to UBER. Promo Code worth 75RMB to anyone that buys a ticket.

Apr. 19th – Easter Bash! @ Rapscallions – The Evil Deeds, Spacefolk & 龙龟乐队 LIVE! -  Live rock music and drinking. Feels like a real traditional Easter to me!

Apr. 20th – The Easter Bunny @ the Easter Festival in Shekou! -  The Easter bunny will be hopping around Shekou on April 20th. Bring your kids to take part in games, photo opportunities with the big bunny, and lots of delicious food.

Apr. 20th - Easter Sunday Brunch at Shekou Hilton -  Checkout the Shekou Hilton’s first ever Sunday Brunch which happens to be themed for Easter with a Easter Egg hunt, and Egg paining. Combined with delicious food, this sounds great.

Apr. 20th - Easter Brunch at the Langham -  The Langham, one of the most beautiful hotels in Shenzhen is offering their own Easter brunch with a delicious Easter Ham, deviled eggs, lots of desserts, and a kid’s corner with many fun Easter themed activities.

Apr. 20th - Easter Brunch/Beach Egg Hunt at Feast Restaurant in Da Mei Sha -  Why not head to a private beach this Easter Sunday for a beachside brunch with freeflow wine and while your kids can do an egg scavenger hunt, egg painting and other activities. Feast Restaurant is a good choice for your Easter.

Apr. 20th - Food & Drink Tasting: The Tavern Sports Bar & Grill -  What a great deal from That’s PRD and the Tavern. One of the best deals I’ve seen in a while for good food. Only 88 RMB! Check it out.

Apr. 20th - Ultimate Frisbee in Futian! Sunday Pickup 12:30PM @ Lianhua Middle School – This week the meet will take place at 12:30pm at Lianhua Middle School, after which food and drinks will be had at Frankies American BarThe SZUPA meet every Sunday to play Ultimate Frisbee.

If you attend any of these events, please email me at Jeff@thenanfang.com and we may include some of your reviews in a future post. Let’s keep your event organizers working to provide better and better events!

Editor’s Note: We’re looking for dining and nightlife writers in Guangzhou and Dongguan. If you’re interested, please get in touch with us at admin@thenanfang.com

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