Landscaping in China???

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by JimLewis, Aug 5, 2002.

  1. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
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    So I got this wierd email the other day from some guy wanting to know if I'd assist them in a landscaping project in China.

    I get this kind of stuff a bit because we are so well listed on search engines and on the web in general that a lot of people find us that way. I got a request to go work in the middle east a few months ago. Turned that down.... :rolleyes:

    Anyway, I replied back asking what, specifically, they were talking about. They replied today that they were going to be installing a landscape and maintaining it for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. They have the money and the ability to land the job. But they don't have the landscaping experience. So they apparently want to hire us (me) to come over and do some design work, training, construction, etc.

    This leaves me in a bit of a pickle as to what to do. It sounds very interesting. But there are some challenges. Primarily, I have no idea what the climate, soil conditions, plant materials, local suppliers, etc. are like in China. I would have to do a lot of research.

    On the other hand, this could be a great opportunity. And I am in a position where I could leave my company here for a few weeks at a time and let my wife and foreman run things. So my current business wouldn't be hurt.

    Any ideas? Comments? I am still waiting for more information from these guys. Also hoping it isn't just a scam too.

    This is all too weird. What do you do in a case like this? It's almost too cool to pass up.
  2. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
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    Heck Jim...

    ... I would jump through hopes for that kind of opportunity. Would be a real "feather in your cap", too.

    If your business back stateside doesn't suffer (you mentioned your wife and foreman could hold the fort), why not go for it?

    Check it out...what do you have to lose?
  3. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
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    Wow. I just received a call from the guy who has been emailing me. These guys are serious. He is apparently just a representative for the contruction company in China who wants a landscaping partner. We exchanged some info. and he will call me back in a few days with more information.

    It almost sounds as if they want a full-time partner to add to their construction business. Not just this job, but many more. I guess Beijing is a hot economy and lots of construction, etc. is going to be going on there over the next few years. He also said there is very little competition.

    Hmmm... I always said China was one of the LAST countries I'd ever want to live in. I may soon be confronted with a delima.
  4. kris

    kris LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Very cool.

    Sent you a PM.
  5. BigJim

    BigJim LawnSite Senior Member
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    Hmmm,they want a partner for their company?and they have just plucked you off the internet?Do you have to send any money in advance to secure this partnership?see where I'm heading...could be alright,but MAXIMUM CAUTION adviced.Sounds real good but most cons do,especially if they try to ride on the coattails of the Olympics.Let us know what happens,but make sure you see the money(in your account)first....
  6. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yes, I agree. I see scams like that all the time. I won't be sending ANY money to them. They'll be sending money my way or nothing. :)
  7. heygrassman

    heygrassman LawnSite Senior Member
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    Watch the exchange rates and make sure that there is a provision for changes in the exchange rates.
  8. Stonehenge

    Stonehenge LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
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    That sounds like quite an amazing opportunity.

    I'll admit it does seem odd that they want to partner with someone based a few e-mails.

    What do you know about the San Fran firm that won the bid to do design the Olympic Green? Will you be doing actual Oly work, or help with design/build of the non-Olympic, city improvements?

    I guess I'd be cautious - this story sounds a lot like Rocky 1. But you'd be nuts not to investigate it further.
  9. Lanelle

    Lanelle LawnSite Bronze Member
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    If this is as big a project as one might imagine, you can be certain that there will be competition for the work.

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