Small Mechanical Engineering Workshops in Haikou:
Hidden away in the remote old streets or back lanes of Haikou small mechanical engineering workshops still operate. They are poorly equipped, under resourced and survive in the cracks left by the competition. Things haven’t changed here since last century.
Not far from Jin Niuling Park, there’s a relatively big mechanical engineering workshop, with a lathe, planer, drill press, grinding machine, boring mill, milling machine and hobbling machine all of which were produced last century. Pride of place is given to a hydraulic press manufactured in 1988, weighing 300 tons. For this old broken down equipment it's not yet time to resign and quit from the stage of history.
The owner of the workshop – Mr Zhou, now over seventy years of age, has been working machines like this since he was sixteen when he started working in a quite reputable local state-owned enterprise.
At the beginning of the Reform and Opening up of China, he spotted a business opportunity and decided to start his own business which has gone through many ups and downs over the years. Nowadays he gets less and less work, but Mr Zhou still comes into his machine shop every day, not for money, just for the pleasure of working the machines. The workshop means everything to him.