SmellMe – China is going pet crazy
Worth a staggering $1.2 billion, the Chinese pet-care market shouldn´t be underestimated. SmellMe (闻闻窝), a Chinese startup saw the potential and created a social network solely for China´s pampered pets targeting some of the estimated 33 million households in the country holding a cat or dog. With already 500.000 registered users SmellMe is more than just a gimmick and includes everything from setting up a profile for your pet to an overview of user-rated pet-care places like pet hotels and grooming salons. Even snapping pictures or short videos in order to hook your pet up with someone else’s is possible!
However, this is nothiing new and there are already a couple of other social networks for your pets like “Klooff” (https://www.klooff.com/) with a user base of around 1.5 million in the US or “my social petwork” (https://mysocialpetwork.co.uk/) in the UK.
For some this may sound like a joke but this is already a reality and if you walk along the streets of any city in China, you will see a lot of pampered dogs or even cats. People take good care of their pets and treat them very well, therefore this app could be a new dimension for the pet market in China. We will see what the future brings and if the business model has a longer lasting prospect of success, but for now we can say that 500.00 registered users is quite impressive for a pampered pets social network which launched in 2014.
The website can be found here: https://smellme.cn/
The website is currently in Chinese only so if you can´t read Chinese the page might not be for you! Still, it is definitely worth having quick look at and put your browser’s translator to the test!
Written by Kevin Dean Kowalczyk | Intern at InternChina
10 Things about China that Westerners Envy – Part I of II
Traffic Light Countdown Displays
China’s traffic lights display the number of seconds left for those who are crossing or waiting to cross the street. Many foreign countries do have this, making it more inconvenient for pedestrians.
A Big Place to Explore
If you haven´t been to China before you rarely can imagine how much land China really has. Taking a bus or train from the south to the north of China doesn´t just take a couple of hours, it takes a couple of days, of course depending on where you are going to. I just remember my friend which said: “Let´s go to Shanghai by train and have a great weekend there”. My answer was: “If you want to spend the whole weekend in the train I´m in”.
Chinese lunch and dinner
Haven´t been invited to a typical chinese lunch or dinner yet? Then you definitely missed something. It´s not only delicious it´s even more and there will be such a variety of all kind of different food on the table that you will have problems about with which you start trying. But the best about it is to share all the food with others which makes it a really unique experience.
Forget Amazon, forget ebay and everything else what you are used to in western countries you’re your online shopping experience. Whether you are looking for a human hamster wheel or rather a spaceflight, on Taobao you can find nearly everything.
Some facts:Taobao Marketplace had more than 5 million registered users as of June 2013 and hosted more than 80 million product listings. For the year ending March 31, 2013, the combined gross merchandise volume (GMV) of Taobao and Tmall.com combined exceeded RMB 1 trillion.
Running along the beach while enjoying the sunshine and the fresh smell of water and one second later a guy with a bycycle drives by with a big music box on the front of his bike. Yes in China music matters and whichever public place you will be at you´ll find someone listen to music and yes, chinese people even share the music.
You will also find lots of free dance classes in the outdoors in squares and parks, where you can just join in and learn some new fantastic moves, even if the moves are old fashioned and surrounded by pensioners.
Written by Kevin Kowalczyk | Intern at InternChina Office Zhuhai
If you are a student and looking for a full time job, internships can seem like exactly what are you aren’t looking for: temporary and unsalaried. But these are the exact factors that students and recent graduate can use to their advantage to build their career.
Try on an industry
It is easier and lower risk for a company to accept an intern than a full time employee. Likewise, an intern can start within a particular company and learn whether or not it is what they would like to pursue, without having to worry about abandoning an employment contract. Regardless of what someone studied, if an internship candidate shows enthusiasm for a company then they are immediately more likely to be taken on board. For those thinking about pursuing an internship, first look for companies and industries that strike you as interesting. Internships will give experience that widens ones background beyond what their university major. If you have a no experience in an industry and did not study the relevant course in school, an internship is the foot in the door you need to start building that background. Start with enthusiasm and a time commitment. A 6 month internship could be the beginning of a whole new career.
Use Initiative to Cultivate Project Management Skills
The biggest asset an intern as is their own initiative. Instead of simply looking at an internship as doing tasks assigned by a permanent member of staff, approach it as an opportunity to launch your own project under the company’s umbrella. Find an area of the company that interests you, this could be within their operations, clients, marketing etc. and as you investigate, start gathering ideas. Notice something that could be made more efficient? Have an idea for a marketing initiative that could improve business? Own it! Don’t just mention it under your breath to your manager. Develop a proposal of the project including: what it is, what the goals are, how it connects to the business and what tools you may need to get started. Then ask your manager for five minutes of their time and pitch them the project. Worried that you will get shut down? More likely, your manager will be thrilled at your initiative and ask for an update after you get the ball rolling. Congratulations, you have just launched your first project where you can start measuring your real individual contribution to a company.
One of the best things about an internship is that you are right in the middle of industry and surrounded by people who know more about it. Take every opportunity to talk to everyone you meet. Share about yourself, your background and most importantly ask questions. People are happy to share their experiences and expertise, particularly with interested young people. Capitalize on this to learn more about the industry and the types of jobs in it. Join relevant groups for your internship industry on LinkedIn as well as Chamber of Commerces. If an event pops up that looks relevant for you or your internship company, let your manager know. Even if they cannot attend, offer do to so. Bring along your boss’s business cards and get to know players in the industry. By networking on behalf of the company as well as sharing what you are contributing to the company, you showcase your initiative that you are a team player and your availability for other projects after your internships ends.
Learn How Work Works.
Life in university is quite different from the private sector. As many students discover after they graduate, daily life of working in something like marketing, is quite different from the daily life of studying marketing. Use your internship as the opportunity to learn the realities of how companies work. This includes the daily flows of work in an industry, the different pressures (that may or may not be related to the job itself) and getting a feel for life inside and outside an office. If you are applying for a white collar position after you graduate, that is a position that requires revolved around an office, one of the strongest things you can have in your experience is previous office experience. It may sound mundane but being previously “office broken” lets an employer know that they won’t need to teach you the etiquette of email or how to use the company copier.
It’s Up to You
Ultimately, how much you do in your internship boils down do your own desire to use the opportunity to its full potential. Don’t wait for someone else to guide you through your career. From the moment you apply for a position, begin to take ownership of the impact you wish to have and make the internship your own.
Article written by Morgan Dolan | Zhuhai Office Manager
Jaasir Ali comes from the United Kingdom and is enrolled in University of East London. Here is a brief example of his internship in Chengdu.
KS Milestone is one of our partner companies in Chengdu which specializes in Financial consultant Services for PE/VCs and local SMEs, strategy consultant and agency services for real estate developers and funds, project investment and acquisition in mining, energy and properties business center investment and operation offering grade A offices and services, providing a platform for international firms to come and do business in China.
We made a small interview with Jaasir that highlithing his experience in the company as Business Development Assistant during his internship:
“Chinese work in a totally different type of mindset and culture. It’s great getting used to it.
“Chengdu has become the silicon valley of China. The huge technological development that is occurring in the country is really worth experiencing here at the center of where it’s happening. I can only say come over and have a look. It’s fascinating.”
For more from Jaasir Ali you can have a look at his video interview here.
There is no doubt that the whole experience in China changes a person’s mindset. There are many more success stories like this one that we would love to share with our viewers. Visit our blog section to learn more!
When you hear that people are visiting China, one of the first destinations you think of is always Shanghai! Whether you are interning in China like myself, or simply being a tourist, I would strongly recommend Shanghai to anybody who is prepared for the hustle and bustle of this monolithic city.
So I travelled with 2 fellow interns, Mehmet and Christopher, making it 3 guys on internships in Zhuhai heading to Shanghai for the first ever time. We left on Tuesday – taking the train and metro to Guangzhou airport. It was typical that when we got there, we were hit by a flight delay of 4 hours and ended up arriving in Shanghai at the Dockbund hostel at 5am… needless to say we didn’t do alot that night.
The Dockbund hostel was in the popular tourist area known as ‘The Bund’ – a very scenic location adjacent to a lovely pier where you can see the Shanghai Pudong skyline. There are also several great clubs in The Bund, Muse and Bar Rouge to name a couple.
On our first day we decided that we wanted to try Mr X on Jumen Road– like a game from a TV show where you are locked in a room and have to solve puzzles in order to complete the challenge – cost is 100RMB. We didn’t do amazingly at this game; in fact we sucked at it, completing just half of task 1! But it is definitely something I want to try again… mainly so that I can recover some pride. [Tips: you can only book Mr X in person or online as it is a ticket event where you will be given a set time. It is also helpful to have a Chinese speaker with you as not all staff members can speak English]
Afterwards, we explored the neighbouring area to Mr X, it was a fairly average Chinese area so nothing special. We did however find a ‘game centre’ (an arcade) and spent a couple hours there. One of the best things about this game centre was how cheap it was! Each game needs 1 token and 1RMB got you 2 tokens, after applying some maths that meant that you could play any arcade game for 0.5RMB, so we played racing games and hoops until our arms ached!
Come sundown, we decided to head to one of the main attractions of Shanghai – East Nanjing Road. This is essentially the main shopping area where the most upmarket and modern malls and shops are. When we got there I couldn’t help but draw numerous comparisons to another great city I’d visited, New York due to the huge architecture, bright lights and the general atmosphere.
By night time, we were exhausted. Although we had planned Shanghai with the intention to party hard, we were actually satisfied to stay within the vicinity of The Bund and just walk along the pier with everyone else there and enjoy the skyline. [Tips: The lights of the main buildings making up the skyline come on from around 7-11pm]
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