I didn’t always love China. We ended up moving there for my dad’s manufacturing business and only planned on staying a few years. I still remember when we first landed. It was a chilly, humid night in October 2011, and I was only thirteen. We left the comparatively bland familiarity of the airport in Shanghai and ventured into the wilds of a freeway where cars and trucks listlessly drifted from lane to lane and traffic rules were optional except under the watchful gaze of the cameras.
It should be noted that just about anyone can book a trip to China and go and visit Shanghai, Suzhou, Beijing or Xi’an or Chengdu. There are limitless possibilities for exploration of this amazing country. But nearly all of these trips will peg you to a strictly tourist schedule or leave you relying on 4 star hotels and canned tour guides for your understanding and experience. If you are a game publisher you can easily visit a factory or two in China as well, though you’ll be relying on that factory’s agenda and schedule and won’t really get off the reservation or be able to visit other factories without risking offending your existing factories.