You can hardly watch any news on TV these days without hearing about China’s real estate bubble. Is it a bubble, is it going to cause a financial crisis to come to China? No one knows for sure, but one thing is certain: Chinese people all want to own their own place and preferably two. It is quite normal for Chinese parents to purchase an apartment they plan to give to their child even before their child is born! As a result of Chinese people buying two or more apartments, the housing market is experiencing a huge boom. Chinese people can’t invest in the stock market very easily so housing is seen as a much safer investment. All of this extra investment is causing housing prices to climb and climb. But you know what they say about things that go up! Now the Chinese government is trying to figure out ways to cool the market before something happens like what the US experienced in 2007.
The green economy industry is all about sustainable development and environment. Basically, we are all looking for a win-win situation in life. We want an easy lifestyle but also want to protect the environment. Surely there is a way to still have access to energy that is not damaging or depleting our planet’s resources. Over 70% of China’s energy needs are met with coal, which is not the most environmentally friendly energy source. Coal contributes to smog, acid rain, and toxic air pollution, not to mention coal miners don’t exactly have the safest job in the world. China’s coal consumption has actually been going up each year so the need for other “greener” sources of energy is great.
China’s government has spent a lot of money developing solar panels, wind turbines and utilizing water, but once the government assistance walks away, can these companies survive in a competitive marketplace? Coal is cheap, renewable energy is still quite expensive. Chinese companies are looking for smart people to help them better understand the international market and how to be competitive in this industry. As an intern, you’ll be able to not only learn a lot about green technology but also assist the company with knowledge about global standards and practices.
Every single industry needs good public relations people and most large companies have an entire PR department to manage their company image. Working in PR not only grants you access to what the top executives at your firm are thinking but you’ll also be the first to know about and help implement changes to company strategies. PR executives focus on how to leverage the media as a way of “free” advertising. Creating a good image or goodwill about the company you work for is very important. You may be in charge of communicating to the media about upcoming community events the company is hosting or charitable donations the company is making. Once the media agrees to support your message, the next step is to ensure that your target market are actually receiving the message.
China is the world’s largest exporter and also home to the world’s largest population which means its number of imports isn’t too shabby either. To truly be a top business leader in international trade, experience in a wide range of cultures, environments and company types is essential. Understanding the various country policies and regulations as well as how business works in numerous countries is imperative to a career in international trade. To do an internship in international trade, one needs to have identified their specific industry within their country of choice. The next step is to learn everything you can about that industry and that country.
To be an architect you need to have great vision. Drafting tangible plans based off of your client’s idea takes some imagination and experience. You also need to make it a practical structure; it will need a good internal system with proper airflow and ventilating systems, plumbing, electricity, etc. It will also need to meet various building codes, regulations and zoning laws. Thus, it’s important to not only have a great vision but also be able to see beyond the big picture into how it’s actually going to operate as a functional space.
Chinese architecture has had a great influence on Asia. Aspects of Chinese architecture can be found in Korea, Japan, and Vietnam. In addition to very recognizable traditional Chinese architecture, Chinese urban planning today is based off of fengshui geomancy tying in Chinese beliefs in the movement of energy with their building style. Many Chinese buildings have various structures added to ward away evil spirits from entering the building or symbols of prosperity and good fortune such as a fish to bless the building.