I ended year 2009 here in Suzhou, trying to setup Scrawl Suzhou at lightning speed.
In my first trip here, we’ve more or less settled on the location. This trip, I’m here to do up all the necessary paperwork to first get the company registered, then lease agreement, renovations, banking, accounts, human resource, buying furniture… the list goes on
In just a couple of days, I managed to get the approval to do business here, but to get the actual licence done up, it’s a different department, and I guess I’ll have to wait till my next trip here in 2010 to get the licence itself.
In this past 2 weeks, I’ve gotten myself rather familiar with Suzhou and Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP). Pace here is nice, traffic is not so congested and most importantly, people here are generally quite nice. There is a Chinese saying that goes ”上有天堂，下有苏杭“。 Literally translated, it says “up in the skies, there is heaven, down below on earth, there is Suzhou and Hangzhou”, which implies that Suzhou and Hangzhou are comparable to heaven!
So I guess that is why our MM Lee KY chose Suzhou to setup SIP. I must say that SIP does have its appeal and attraction. First time I was here, I was wondering to myself “this isn’t the China I know”. The China I know is in the likes of Shanghai – congested, bad traffic, organised in a disorganised way. SIP is really quite different. With my limited vocabulary, I find it hard to describe the difference. A trip here would say it all.
We chose to locate our office here. It used to be a water pump station (hence the name), which they refurbished it into a creative hub. There are at least 3-4 other animation companies located in this building. The “idea” behind this pump station is for ideas to continue flowing like the water in a pump.
In my next trip here, I’ll be following up with the reno etc.
Happy New Year!