Tian and I picked the Civa Printall factory for a lot of reasons, one of which was because it was located in Beijing. This meant that we could more easily visit to clarify issues and observe production. We were glad that we made that decision because we ended up spending a lot of time there, and it allowed us to be close to the process.
These are some pictures that will help you envision the location of the factory:
Given the fact that I was teaching and tutoring during much of this process, I often made this trip at night after working a full day. The commute on public transportation was cheap from a monetary standpoint, but it was crowded and exhausting. Another challenge was that the bus stopped running at 8:30, which meant that the only remaining option was to take a cab. Several times I ate dinner with the workers in the factory cafeteria.