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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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“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