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There is an upcoming Noisebridge China Trip!

Because the first Noisebridge China Trip was so successful,
I am planning another trip that will end at the Beijing Maker Faire, on 15-April-2012.

This upcoming trip is currently planned from 4-April-2012 through 24-April-2012.

I'm organizing the itinerary and the hotels and other transport. We'll each be on our own to get our own air fare to the meeting point on the meeting day -- which I think will be Hong Kong on 28-March. Then we'll go to Guangzhou to visit the hackerspace there and visit Seeed Studio, then Shanghai to visit some manufactuing facilities (ones I use for TV-B-Gone) to learn how manufacturing works and visit ShinCheJian hackerspace, then Beijing to visit the new hackerspace there, and where we'll end at the Beijing Maker Faire (the first Maker Faire in China!). Of course, we'll do plenty of tourist things, too. Probably fly home on 17-April.

For the first Noisebridge China trip, I paid about $1k total, including air fare from SF and food and everything.

This trip will probably be more expensive, if we end up going to Hong Kong, since Hong Kong is more expensive than the rest of China. I have to see if it is affordable for all of us to spend any time in Hong Kong.

More info on this upcoming trip in 2012 is available on its own wiki page:
Noisebridge China Trip 2

-- Mitch.

Note: This page is about an event that has already happened. It took place on 2009-10-20-2009-11-03.

Noisebridge China Trip

My contract manufacturer for TV-B-Gone and TripGlasses and Trippy RGB Waves kits (and a few other things) has a plant in Shanghai and a plant in Ji Ning (about half way between Shanghai and Beijing) (both are SEZs -- Special Economic Zones).

Mike Zhao, an American who lives in San Rafael, but born in Shanghai, is the head of the contract manufacturer, called Etonnet. He's also a total geek, and goes to Maker Faire, and has been to Noisebridge. He's going to Shanghai and Ji Ning starting 20-October-2009, and asked me if I'd like to go, and asked if other NB people (and/or others) would like to go check out the manufacturing scene and China. Mike will return on the 27th, but I think it would be cool if the rest of us go to Beijing for a few days and check out a bit of China-ness there, as well as visit with some hacker-types at Beijing university. We will return on 3-November-2009.

To give a little taste of what it might be like:

A few months ago, Bunny, who manufactures Chumby in China, organized a trip to China to show interested people the manufacturing scene (and China). Evil Mad Scientist went along: Evil Mad Scientist Schenzhen trip

The cost will be very reasonable, as these things go, and the bulk of the cost would be the plane tickets to and from China. At the moment, a round trip ticket costs $694 (SFO to Shanghai, and then Beijing to SFO). When I went last time, nice hotel rooms were about $15 per night in the part of Shanghai I stayed in, and the total cost for me besides the plane ticket was about $350.

Note: We will need to limit the trip to the first 5 people other than me and Mike to buy their tickets, since we only have one large van to take us around once we get to China.

If you are interested, please add your name, below.


People interested in going to China from 20-October-2009 through 3-November-2009:

You do not need to be a member of Noisebridge to go on this trip.

The trip is limited to 5 people other than Mitch, so the first 5 people on this list (after Mitch) who buy their plane tickets will be able to join us:

Mitch Altman
David Yao
David Kelso
Christoph Maier
Jimmie Rodgers
Eric Boyd
Jonathan Foote

Travel preparations

And here we go!