Rex Hsieh, Overseas Sales Manager, Multitech Machinery Ltd.
Based in Taiwan
Q: Why did you come to Chinaplas?
Hsieh: This is the most important exhibition in the plastics world. We have others like NPE, but it was canceled. So we try to get every channel to get in contact with our client. That's why we chose to do 14 days [of] medical inspection.
At the exhibition we have 30 people, and 50 percent are from Hong Kong, Taiwan and India. Lots of people travel from Taiwan to mainland China because it is a big market. China is a different world compared to the rest of world. Even if it is closed, it is still a big market — a billion people. It's worth it to travel here to do quarantine, compared to traveling to Europe.
Q: How did you spend quarantine?
Hsieh: I did my quarantine in Xiamen. That was a nightmare. It was like really being in a jail. You can't order delivery food. Room service is limited. You have to launder your clothes by hand. Everything you have to do by hand.
You can't talk to anyone. Even if you just open the door, the supervisor is like, "What do you want to do?" I just want fresh air. It is so boring.
Work out, that's the only thing you can do. I did two workouts a day, 8-minute intense workout, try to fix my body. Nothing you can do. I watched a lot of Netflix. I watched Avengers seasons one to four. It took me four days. I slept well; I slept a long time. I went to bed at 10 p.m. every night. That's quite early for me. Outside 10 p.m. is just the day begins. It was so boring. I wouldn't recommend.
But 14 days was worth it. In the morning there were no people here, but look around, sometimes you get a lot of people, sometimes less. I expect tomorrow we'll get more people. Let's see.
If I go back to Taiwan, I also have to do quarantine. So I plan to stay here for the time being. I don't want to go back to the [quarantine] hotel again.