I recently retired as UK senior partner of BDO after 23 years as a partner with the firm. Last year, I took up a position as visiting professor at Xiamen University, China. My wife is Chinese and I decided to spend three months exploring business opportunities in the region and trying to learn some Mandarin.
I’m blogging about my experiences in China for Real Business ? catch up on my journey so far. Line 1 is Beijing Subway’s Central Line (red on the map and the arterial connection between east and west, running through the city’s heart); it is always busy and yet Beijingers amuse themselves with mobile phones, tablets ? and even books and newspapers! Two weeks ago, the image of Steve Jobs was everywhere before me: his picture was in newspapers, magazine covers and biographical books ? as well as on t-shirts. On tablets and phones, people were reading about him constantly and some of their iPhones are clad in (unauthorised) commemorative covers which were available here within 24 hours of his death. China is reacting to Jobs’ passing in a way that reminds me of Princess Diana’s death, or those of Elvis, Lennon or Jacko.
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