The photos below where from an independent factory visited earlier in the week ... my reason for showing them is to illustrate the fact that even in China, machines are taking over production in almost every aspect. The reasoning is obvious ... a machine can do more than a human in terms of repetitive tasks. Add the fact that labor costs are rising in China and skilled laborers are fleeing the fireworks business for higher paying jobs in other industries ... but you still have the demand for inexpensive
My first full day in Liuyang was fairly uneventful. The factories werenít quite ready for me so I essentially took the day to recuperate from all the traveling, catch up on emails and basically soak in my surroundings.
Usually when you hear about Liuyang (or China in general) you see a picture of a factory or maybe some fireworks in the sky, but itís rare that you ever get a glimpse of day-to-day life on the streets, which is totally fascinating in and of itself. Simply being here
Updated June 1st, 2011 at 04:05 PM by Bolthouse
My flight actually left Dulles Airport at 12:30 PM on Wednesday the 25th ... funny thing is, after flying for only 14 hours, I landed in Beijing at approximately 2:30 PM on Thursday the 26th! It feels like you get beamed into the future by a day!
I had hoped to take some photos while in transit, but if you've ever been crammed into a plane or stuck in an airport Ö that pretty much sums up my whole experience.
Updated May 27th, 2011 at 04:38 PM by Bolthouse
On May 25th of 2011 I flew out of Washington DC, bound for China.
The purpose of my trip is to visit with factories, watch fireworks and assemble a complete inventory of both consumer and display fireworks.
For the next 20 days I will chronicle my experiences and share them with the members of Pyro Universe.
If you have any intrest in travel, manufacturing or the origins of fireworks, please subscribe to this blog and follow my adventure.
Updated May 27th, 2011 at 04:32 PM by Bolthouse