Today is the second and final day of the Shanghai leg of the inaugural China 2.0 Tour organised by our good friends from the China Business Network, Web2Asia and CNReviews. The week-long tour aims to give participants an overview of what’s happening in the Chinese internet landscape and to provide opportunities for face-to-face interaction and networking. The list of China 2.0 participants coming in from overseas reads like a who’s who of the internet sector, and we’re talking about people like Mike Butcher (TechCrunch UK), Robert Scoble (Fast Company), Shel Israel (author of Naked Conversations) and Ernst-Jan Pfauth (The Next Web). Shanghaiist had the opportunity to meet some of these amazing guys last night at a dinner sponsored by Alibaba, and our night ended with a big party at the new M1NT Club. (Pity the party ended a bit too early but that didn’t stop us from getting ourselves shit-faced.)
If anything, the China 2.0 Tour indicates a great interest among international tech bloggers and journalists to understand what’s going on in the Chinese internet scene, which sometimes tends to operate in its own parallel universe. It’s only recently that we’ve started to hear of events like Open Web Asia and China 2.0 that aim to build the bridge between China-based internet entrepreneurs and their international counterparts. Expect to hear greater things from the organisers in 2009.
For those of you on Twitter, join in the conversation at #china20 and join us for the Shanghai TweetUp gathering (happening later tonight at a place to be announced by @web2asia).