First of all, let me introduce you to the subject of this post. Canton Fair is Asia’s largest B2B fair. The fair is held every year in three intense phases. The fair started last week and the first phase included mostly electronically products like microwaves, dishwashers and motorbikes and so on. This time it was furniture in the centre of attention. I was in heaven. Älvsjö Stockholmsmässan, släng dig i väggen! 

The Canton fair is first of all very very huge. It’s kind of hard to grasp how big it is. But I would say maybe the Stockholm fair times 20. Row after row of things. All the things you can possibly imagine. Throughout the hole period of the fair I think you will be able to find almost every kind of product you have ever seen in your entire life. The understand of the three words “Made in China” kind of jumps at you while browsing the stands, and it becomes quite obvious that this country is the largest manufacturing country in the world. What about the first phase? Actually I got very excited when I understood that lighting would be a big part of this phase. Although, I kind of got a little disappointed of the supply. I wasn’t really impressed of anything basically and my take of this is that although the display was huge and you could se extremely many light fixtures, is was kind of a mess. No red thread so to speak. Kind of chaotic and most of the things were quite lame in terms of design. The largest part of the lighting hall was showing of LED bulbs, and although I really took my time browsing the rows of bulbs as well I didn’t find anything that I haven’t seen already or that I believed in. Although the lights were not super exciting, to be able to visit this place was enough. I was actually amazed of how international it felt and I can easily see myself visit this place more times in the future. Basically it followed exactly the same routines as the furniture fair in Stockholm. I felt at home instantly. Did a little show of barging with the people in the showrooms, and got loads of catalogues and business cards. After the lighting section, I simply went on and browsed around the fair.

The second phase started today and this time furniture were in the centre. Since I was kind of disappointed of the first round I didn’t have the same expectations this time. But this time I instantly got a smile on my face while walking into the home decorations section. Paradise. Still, 99% of the products are shit, but if you have the eyes of an eagle you are able to find really nice things. I kept thinking to myself “Why am I not a fulltime interior buyer traveling the world yet??”. I kind of wanted to be it for a long time now, should I just go for it? Sometimes there is too many interesting opportunities in front of you you simply feel overwhelmed. One thing is for sure, I have a feeling that this is not going to be the last time I visit this fair, it’s simply too much of a passion of mine. 

Hope you enjoy my photos!! 

Love Jenny


I’m a little ashamed that I haven’t written almost anything the last month, for all of you who want to follow my adventure you can trust my Instagram (@jwinbom). I will upload pictures way more frequently on my Instagram, but as everything seems to fall into place I guess I will have more time for the blog. 

The first month in Guangzhou has passed so quickly, I can’t even understand it. Although it seems like I just arrived in this city, a lot of things has happened. I have an apartment, I have started to study and made a lot of new friends. China is starting to feel like home. I have even signed up for a gym and after a couple of classes I already have some local friends there. Feels really good to have friends outside the exchange student community as well. I’m also so thankful for my group of amazing Chinese study buddies. Patrick, William and Jasmine are my angels. They will help me whenever I need it. Like the yesterday when I went to the pharmacy because I have a cold. With some simple English words and a lot of body language its not always so easy to get what you want. At least I could send pictures of everything when I came home and they could tell me what everything actually was. Now I know the area where I live pretty well and I'm also able to get around the city with the metro. We eat at restaurants most of the time since it's the cheapest opinion. We have several really good Dim Sum restaurants in our block but you can never really be sure what you order. Every meal is an adventure, slowly we pick up some words and gain experience. The bad experiences is clearly outnumbered by the good ones in the end and I am so happy to be able to get to know a totally new food culture.


I have just finished all my homework for the coming week after the holiday and tonight we are going to catch a flight to Bangkok, Thailand. My flat mate Johannes is already there because his girlfriend is doing her exchange semester there so we plant to meet up with them after a couple of days in Bangkok. I’m so excited, its been five years since I went to Bangkok and its going to be so much fun to se what has happened to the city since last time! I hope this cold disappear really fast now, Alejandro is currently making a super spicy lunch to scare away the viruses. I really want to be able to enjoy some Thai massage and have energy to be out in the city all day long. Hoping for the best!



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