O’Brien meets China freight forwarder partners

O’Brien visited its China and Hong Kong freight forwarder partners in January to discuss further improvements to its logistics and custom clearance services in the region.

Managing Directors, Shane and Jan O’Brien, reunited with Acon, one of China’s major logistics companies, in its Shanghai and Ningbo offices. They also visited Bravo Express in Hong Kong.

Last year, Acon’s Jack Chen and Bernie Tang came to O’Brien Melbourne office as part of the two companies’ commitment to service excellence. It is during these vis-a-vis visits, where they discuss in-depth more cost-effective and time-efficient ways to deliver cargo between China, Australia and New Zealand.

Acon Logistics visits O’Brien’s in Melbourne in 2015.

Acon Logistics’ Jack Chen (Left) and Bernie Tang (Right) together with Jan and Shane O’Brien in 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.

[Read: ACON Goes to OZ to visit O’Brien in Melbourne]

Trade and trust throughout the years with China freight forwarder ACON

2016 It was now the turn of O’Brien to go and meet the ACON staff in China. Both Shane and Jan were delighted to personally meet their China freight forwarder partners.

Shane and Jan O’Brien visited Acon’s Shanghai office and met their lovely staff in January 2016.

Acon’s Shanghai staff; (From left) Jack, Jason, Felix, Ming, Miyako, and Jenny; with Shane and Jan O’Brien in January 2016.

“Meeting the staff was an additional takeaway we had from our visit. We had only seen Bernie and Jack last year, and we were glad to have met the staff this time,” remarked Shane.

O’Brien meets up with Hong Kong freight forwarder Bravo Express

Part of Shane and Jan’s itinerary was to see their Hong Kong affiliate Bravo Express. Here, they had talks about making cargo delivery faster between their countries while making it more affordable for their clients.

Bravo Express Ltd. staff with Shane and Jan O’Brien in Hong Kong in January 2016.

Shane and Jan O’Brien strike a pose with staff of Bravo Express Ltd. in Hong Kong.

A side trip down Chinese history lane and the Yangtze River

While in China, Shane and Jan took the chance to peek into its rich history and heritage by visiting Ningo, a bustling business hub which spans a 7,000-year history, making it one of China’s oldest cities.

It is also home to the Tianyi Pavilion Library, China’s oldest private library.

The Tianyi Pavilion Library in Ningbo

“Seeing the ancient Chinese annals and records well-preserved inside this pavilion was a remarkable experience. The library was like going back in time,” said Jan of the historic place.

Shane and Jan O’Brien visiting the Tianyi Pavilion Library in China.

Seeing the oldest private library in China, the Tianyi Pavilion Library in Ningbo.

The Tianyi Library is situated by the Ming Lake in Ningbo City, Zheijang Province. It boasts of a collection of 300,000 volumes of written material of which 80,000 are rare books.

The founder of the library was Fan Qin, an appointed official in several cities in China during the Ming Dynasty. The pavilion was built in 1561, and stretches over 26,000 square meters of land.

“Being in the Tianyi Pavilion was an extraordinary experience,” remarked Shane.

Apart from its vast treasury of books, the “Book City of South China” is also well-known for its unique architecture and breathtaking landscape.

Fan Wenguang, the great grandson of Fan Qin, rebuilt the landmark in 1665. Fan Wenguang planted grass and flowers, built bridges, and placed rocks around its lake.

Tourists also go to the pavilion at night to see its private gardens light up, which run towards the lower reaches of the Yangtze River.

The Yangtze River  the third largest river in the world

The 3,964 miles that make up China’s largest river stretch through 11 of the country’s provinces. The Yangtze River ranks third largest in the world, following Egypt’s River Nile.

“It was very cold at the time we were there, but the river and the buildings were a lovely sight to see,” said Jan.

By the Yangtze River in Ningbo

Jan poses with the Yangtze River and Ningbo’s buildings behind her.

The Chinese generally consider the Yangtze as the dividing line between their country’s northern and southern regions. The North and South of China bear various differences, from climate to culture and from folk to customs.

The river also hosts the world’s largest dam project and hydropower station, The Three Gorges Dam.

The Three Gorges Dam in China

The Three Gorges Dam in China

A trip to remember

China is a nation known for its festivals and our managing directors said that they were privileged to have arrived when they had hung up the red lanterns to greet the coming Spring festival.

“Several places were already decorated with a series of brightly painted, lit Chinese lanterns which welcomed us as we walked down ancient streets,” said Shane.

O’Brien’s at Ningbo Festival 2016

Just in time for the Ningbo Festival. The red lanterns are hung all across the city in celebration of its annual event.

The O’Brien’s have also expressed the great time they had spent in China from being in one landmark place to the next in the little time that was allowed. More importantly, they were able to spend some quality facetime with their partners in the country and in Hong Kong.

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With Acon’s office staff in Ningbo

With Acon’s lovely Ningbo office staff; (From left) Tony, Ivy, and Echo.

“To our partners from Acon in Shanghai and Ningbo, and those from Bravo Express in Hong Kong, thank you for the lovely time we had there. We hope to see you all soon, again.”  — Shane and Jan O’Brien

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