Observations of German Senior Executive Krauss in Xi’an


Mr. Krauss, a senior executive from Germany

The present 50-year-old Mr. Krauss, born in Bavaria which is located in the southeast of Germany, has over 20 years of overseas work experience. He is now a production director in a German company in Xi’an Economic & Technological Development Zone. Walking into Mr. Krauss’s office, we saw that he was adjusting a projector with his colleague, using quite efficiently a mixture of English and body language. It happened that the projector mount swayed a little bit, which started Mr. Krauss’ three stomps accompanied with laughter. The serious-minded Mr. Krauss did not nod his head until the colleague made sure that he would find something to stabilize the mount. The first meeting gave me a chance to appreciate the worldly famous seriousness and preciseness of the German people.

Germany family enjoys life of Shaanxi style

Over 10 years ago, Mr. Krauss saw a terracotta warrior and heard about its hometown of Xi’an for the first time in a German museum. He never thought that chances should bring him to the city he was curious about many years ago and he would now enjoy a life of Shaanxi style.

Mr. Krauss likes the foods in Xi’an. Marinated meat in baked bun (or Chinese hamburger) is her two daughters’ favorite, and he and his wife never get tired of hele, cold noodle, vinegar noodle, hot pot, rinse tripe, striped noodle, belt noodle etc. Searching delicious foods in Xi’an’s high streets and back lanes is a big diversion for the family.

Mr. Krauss also admires the profound historical and cultural background in Xi’an. He likes to bring his friends and relatives to visit Emperor Qinshihuang’s terracotta warriors and horses, the city wall, the bell tower and the drum tower are places where he dialogues with history, the Moslem Street his “treasure hunt park”, and the South Lake and the Great Wild Goose Pagoda Square resorts to saunter about after dinners. A typical picture is that Mr. Krauss is walking through the busy Moslem street where peddlers are shouting to sell their goods, a mixture of good smells from the cooked meats, tea leaves, fruits waft along, and the candy man is performing his art by beating, stretching, twisting and shaking the rolling sugar. All those have an unusual charm to Mr. Krauss.

What Mr. Krauss enjoys most is Qinling, the backyard of Xi’an city. Just like a local Xi’an citizen, Mr. Krauss would drive with his family and friends into the deep of the Qinling Mountain Range, where they view the beautiful Qinling sceneries, take a hot spring bath, eat the peasant meals prepared with fresh materials, and spend the nights in the mountains with the moon and the stars.

Witnessing changes in Xi’an city

Ever since he first came to Xi’an in 2000, Mr. Krauss has known this city for about 20 years, during which he has found that the Chinese people are dressed more and more fashionably, more foreign cars appear in the streets, more foreign brands are sold in the stores, more foreign phones are popularized, and more foreigners walk in the streets… Internationalization in Xi’an has kept a steady trend. Compared to the silent Xi’an of many years ago, the present Xi’an has earned a good name that is spread far away. Mr. Krauss told me with some pride that Xi’an was quite influential in Germany, as many travel agencies there introduced Xi’an as a hot tourist destination, which was loved by many German people.

Public traffic in Xi’an is also within Mr. Krauss’ scope of observation. When his family first moved to Xi’an, they lived for some time in a hotel, in front of which was a subway which was very convenient for the family to go out to work or shopping. He lives now in Qujing district where he can also drive swiftly through the beltway or 3rd ring roads. When he learned that more subways are being built or to be built, Mr. Krauss nodded his head with appreciation. In the mind of this practical German, subways are an efficient way to improve traffic conditions and to benefit the citizens.

Mr. Krauss is most satisfied with the flowers and trees in Xi’an. The lofty green coverage makes a sound living environment. For the past several months, he used to meet many diligent public janitors cleaning roads, sweeping away garbage and managing flowers and trees. The surrounding is turning more pleasant.

The Cinicization of German craftsmanship

Craftsmanship is an inevitable topic with a German technician. Speaking of craftsmanship, Mr. Krauss’ assistant told me a story. Their company is a branch of the German based BOSCH Group which specializes in the production of frequency converters. When they moved the production line to Xi’an, a number of German engineers were in charge of the moving project. They planned the workers and their responsibilities, and all the devices were prepared in advance in Germany. It turned out that every piece of planned work were carried out orderly and devices were assembled without one single mistake in Xi’an. For Mr. Krauss who manages over 200 craftsmen, the most important part of craftsmanship is to make sure the interlocking link. Firstly, they should inspect every link in the production line and find out which part promises value appreciation. Then they should strengthen employee training, tell them what the company needs and let them understand that obeying the company benefits not only the company but also themselves. Thirdly, they should change the employees’ mindset and teach them to mind every detail in their work.

In the opinion of Mr. Krauss, as Xi’an is a city with ancient history and culture, and their company an established enterprise in Germany, the production and management in the branch company can not just apply the Chinese model, nor the German one. Instead, they should integrate the two and combine the German seriousness with the Chinese complexity to achieve optimal effects.

He is optimistic about the future development of Xi’an

When the interview approaches its end, “the Belt and Road” popped out from Mr. Krauss, which surprised me. In fact, this is only a start; it is obvious that this German senior executive holds some unique views about the future development of Xi’an.

Standing against the Chinese Map, Mr. Krauss talked continuously and pleasantly about the many advantages in Xi’an. According to him, the location of Xi’an in the geographical center of China is very favorable. Its many airlines and airports makes it possible to travel to Beijing, Shanghai and other major Chinese cities within two hours, and facile for vacationing in the south. The complete ring roads and stem roads are convenient for driving to the surrounding leisure resorts. The most important is that when Beijing, Shanghai, the Yangtze River Delta and the Pearl River Delta have developed almost to their full, Xi’an still has large amounts of industrial land reserve. With the national “B & R” initiative, the new round of Great Development in the West shall bring a lot of opportunities and space for future development.

No doubt, Xi’an still needs to make great efforts. Mr. Krauss said that Xi’an should be more just and open to investments and do better in investment attraction, talent introduction and talent retention so that the city would become more glorious.

[Source:Xi’an Daily]