Happy Mid Autumn Festival

Happy Mid Autumn Festival

The Mid Autumn Festival is one of the most celebrated Chinese holidays. It is held on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month. Based on the Gregorian calendar, this year’s mid-autumn day will be held on September 24, 2018. Chinese legends say that the moon is at its biggest, brightest and roundest on this day. And the term round implies family reunion in Chinese. Families get together to eat moon-cakes and celebrate the end of the harvest season. It is often called the Women’s Festival. The moon symbolizes elegance and beauty.

Activities include fire dragon dancing, enjoying the displays of lanterns, and eating moon cakes. People are used to have moon cakes under the moonlight with family members. Moon cakes are pastries filled with gooey sesame, red bean, and walnut meats.

Enjoy a happy time.

Introduce Ningxia

Introduce Ningxia

Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region (NHAR), is an autonomous region located in the northwest part of the country. With an area of around 66,400 square kilometres the province is bordered by Shaanxi to the east, Gansu to the south and west, and Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region to the north. Yinchuan is the provincial capital. The Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, which is called Ning for short. This mostly desert region lies partially on the Loess Plateau and in the vast plain of the Yellow River, and features the Great Wall of China along its northeastern boundary. The highest point is 3,556 meters above sea level. Ningxia is rich in mineral resources, including coal, gypsum, oil, natural gas, pottery clay, quartz sandstone, and barite. Temperatures range from an annual average maximum of 27 °C to minimum of −14 °C.Due to the warmer temperatures the best time for traveling is from May to September. Winter athletes will find their favorite weather conditions from December to January.

Chemical prices China February 2018

Chemical prices China February 2018

The World Economic Climate has improved considerably. Most chemicals sectors in China posted growth in demand and prices. Exports went up significantly and companies report a good capacity utilisation after the Spring Festival holidays. Hereunder a few chemicals and price tendencies in China from beginning February to end February 2018:

Caustic Soda RMB 1,020 > 4% up
Aniline Oil RMB 12,500 > 2% up
Phosphorous yellow RMB 16,500 > 1% up
Phthalic anhydride RMB 7,500 > Stable
Bromine RMB 29,500 > 1% down
Sulfur RMB 1,200 > 2% down
Benzene RMB 6,800 > 5% down

For any further information or specific questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

It´s time for Teppanyaki

It´s time for Teppanyaki

You stay in Shanghai and consider a new experience for dinner? Here a recommendation from our current trainee, staying for three years in Shanghai.

Try Kagen Teppanyaki No. 28 D Taojiang Road, Xuhui District. Great Japanese food freshly prepared just in front of your eyes. All you can eat with free flow of beer or wine, really nice deal as food quality is pretty good and fresh. It’s highly recommended that you make a reservation on time.

This is a fantastic experience to have great Japanese food in Shanghai. A nice place to enjoy with a couple of friends. Yummy!

Chinese New Year – Year of the Dog

Chinese New Year – Year of the Dog

Spring Festival, widely known as Chinese New Year in the west, is the most important traditional festival and a public holiday in China.
The Spring Festival 2018 starts 16th January. It is the Year of the dog and will be celebrated with various cultural activities arranged. Firework shows, dragon dancing and lion dancing are the most common activities.
The 4715th Chinese year. According to the Chinese horoscope calendar, 2018 is the Male Earth Dog year. Brown is connected to the earth. Therefore, 2018 is also called the year of the Brown Dog.

Our best wishes for a prosperous and successful Chinese New Year.
Petrex Teams in Kempen and Shanghai, Wuff!

A break in Shanghai

A break in Shanghai

Saturday morning. A recreation day from business. I am walking from my hotel near Shanghai railway station to East Nanjing road and discover a new highlight:

The Jing’An Sculpture Park

A family-friendly park located in north Jing’An. This 30,000 sq. meter park at the corner of Beijing Xilu and Chengdu Lu boasts sculptures and statues from over 61 cities. Visitors are allowed to walk on the grass, which is fairly rare for Shanghai. In the center of the park lies the newly opened Shanghai Natural History Museum. Pay 30 RMB to get in, it is a worth visit, outfitted with both living and dead animals. Open daily: 6.00 – 20.30.

Klaus Weiand CEO Petrex GmbH