I took a very quick trip to China last week and it hurt. Nothing like a 12-hour time change to completely screw up your rhythm.
I've been to China several times, but this was my first trip to Beijing. As in other Chinese cities, you immediately notice the congestion -- both the sheer volume of vehicles and the pollution.
Beijing has traffic jams that rival just about any other city in the world. They're trying to limit the number of vehicles on the road, but with huge numbers of people heading to urban areas, they're going to have to find other ways to battle pollution.
The Beijing Motor Show is massive -- almost a million square feet with eight very large halls. Unlike the brand new Expo Center in Shanghai, which was completed just before we arrived last year for the auto show, this one could use an update. One small but important example: It was 85 degrees outside and the air conditioning didn't work. I felt bad for the guys presenting under the lights. I bet we'll see significant upgrades by the time we're back in 24 months.
I've been to a lot of auto shows over the last 15 years. Yet it's still surprising when you attend a show in China and see dozens of domestic manufacturers with cars that aren't sold in the U.S. Some are trying to go their own way while others borrow design language from the big guys.