During my week stay in Hong Kong I was invited to tag along with my father on one of his business trips into China. The client is a denim factory in Kaiping, which is located in southern China. The tour through the denim factory was fascinating on so many levels. Seeing the whole process from start to finish made me realize why some jeans costs $400. I was afraid to witness some sort of slave labor or child working in this factory but I am happy to report that this factory is legit. Everything is very orderly and clean. No one seemed to be mistreated, lol.
Located half an hour away from the denim factory is Chikan, Kaiping, the city my great-grandfather is from. I remember my father telling me stories about how there are fortress-like buildings in the town and how some of them looked like castles.