Our organisation Knowledge Must is based in India and China. While our offices are located in New Delhi and Chengdu, we at Knowledge Must have a genuinely global outlook because we believe you should be served wherever you are. You rely on our ability to provide both a global perspective and a deep understanding of local conditions. With our broad reach across cultures and geographies, we speak your language and understand your needs. An intimate understanding of global socio-economic forces coupled with local India and China expertise gives us the tools we need to tailor the most effective intercultural solutions for you.
Our Office in New Delhi, India
Our India office is located in New Delhi's Shahpur Jat, one of the capital city's most sympathetic neighbourhoods. Shahpur Jat is an urban village in South Delhi, located near Hauz Khas and within the historic walls of one of the ancient capital cities of Delhi, Siri Fort. Representative of the city like very few other neighbourhoods, vibrant and yet relaxed, chaotic and still tranquil, Shahpur Jat's contrasts never fail to leave a lasting impression.
Our Office Address:
212, Shahpur Jat
New Delhi - 110049
Delhi Office Background
Delhi is one of the fastest growing cities in the world and its total population is nearing 20 million inhabitants, making it into one of the largest metropolises in the world. The city is also becoming more and more cosmopolitan with many foreign long-term residents and people from virtually all ethnic and religious communities of India residing here. Built on the Yamuna River, India's capital city is both a thriving modern city and home to much of India's great history. Stunning architecture like the Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque) in Old Delhi and the Qutb Minar in Mehrauli tell of Delhi's glorious past.
Of the legendary seven capital cities of Delhi most are no more than villages today, sprinkled with splendid ruins that tell tales of the evolution of architecture and the synthesis of many cultural influences throughout the ages. Siri Fort, the third of the seven cities, was built at the beginning of the 14th century CE by the second sultan of the Turko-Afghan Khilji dynasty Alauddin Khilji. Nearby Hauz Khas was constructed as a large water reservoir for this city. Probably when Siri Fort was abandoned later, Jats from what is now Haryana shifted to the Shahpur Jat area, where our office in Delhi is located. The name of Shahpur Jat derives from this: Shah (royal) Pur (town) Jat (the name of the caste).
The rich farmlands earlier spread from Hauz Khas all the way to Malviya Nagar and Greater Kailash. The city of Delhi was later planned around the village, but the farmlands were step by step acquired by the government and soon later the posh colonies surrounding Shahpur Jat emerged, such as Asiad Village and Panchsheel Park. Almost overnight the local farmers were catapulted into the real estate business, renting out rooms to small-scale workshops, raising floors on their houses, and later renting out their properties as office and retail space.
Shahpur Jat now remains as a traditional village featuring a considerable amount of old havelis and remains of the historical capital city Siri Fort, such as the Tohfewala Gumbad mosque and stretches of the thick city walls, all surrounded by a hotchpotch of 20th century appartment and office buildings. The village is currently undergoing a rapid transformation from a sleepy backwater to a shopper's paradise, a hip office district, and a new lifestyle hub of the city.
The village today features an interesting mix of inhabitants, Jats (historically an Aryan-Scythian ethnic group native to northwestern India), Bengalis (many originally from what is today Bangladesh), and increasingly people from other places of India and abroad, attracted by the low rents and interesting lifestyle. Shahpur Jat is most famous, however, as New Delhi's fashion hub, being home to countless boutiques featuring all sorts of fashion designers, from up-and-coming young fashionistas to well-established designers: funky colourful saris, ethnic-inspired dresses, glitzy jewellery, trendy fashion accessories, designer furniture - the latest Thailand imports next to traditional Indian designs with a modern twist - you name it!
Next to the sales of fashion articles, Shahpur Jat is renowned as a fashion production centre with countless buildings in the village being used as small-scale workshops. Walking through the narrow labyrinthine lanes of Shahpur Jat, you will also chance upon a curious mixture of art galleries, cosy cafes, and niche book shops, all next to hole-in-the-wall vendors, traditional artisans, and street sellers.
The best approach is to go and explore the area yourself. We invite you to drop by at our office at 212 Shahpur Jat in the third floor! Please also see our 101 Things to Do While in Delhi in our Resources section to get inspired how to make the most out of Delhi's many wonderful opportunities!
Our Office in Chengdu, China
Our China office is located in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province. Located in the very city center of this vibrant city, we picked the most energetic spot for our office: Chengdu's famed pedestrian street Chunxi Lu, a street as well as a contiguous shopping and entertainment district, with thousands of shopping malls, department stores, boutiques, restaurants, bars, cafes, street stalls – you name it.
Our Office Address:
Room 2003, 20th Floor, Second Tower
Zhengcheng Caifu ID
Zitong Qiao Xijie 2, Jinjiang Qu
Chengdu - 610020
Tel. / Fax: +86-(0)28-62023260
Chengdu Office Background
Chengdu has a population of about 7 million inhabitants. It is the capital of China's Sichuan Province, one of the most diverse areas in the country. It is a place filled with astonishing scenery and very rich in cultural heritage. Remarkably, the city of Chengdu alone has a history of more than 4,000 years, leading historians to regard it as one of the oldest established cities in the world. Among Sichuan’s global firsts are: the first cultivation of the tea plant (at Mengdingshan), the oldest extant printed book (the Diamond Sutra in the 9th century CE), the first issued paper money (10th century CE), and the first use of firearms in history (13th century CE).
Adding to its significance, the area was also on the trade route from the Yellow River Valley to what is today India. In fact, Chengdu is closer to the Indian border (a mere 700 km) than to the Chinese capital Beijing (about 1,500 km) and Sichuan Province itself almost borders India, being just 175 km away via Tibet, Yunnan, and Myanmar.
From sparkling alpine lakes and soaring snow-capped mountains to deep bamboo forests and sprawling tea plantations as far as the eye can see – the landscapes promise to take your breath away. Sichuan is justifiably often regarded as the most scenic of all regions in China and many areas are just a few hours drive outside of the capital Chengdu.
For example, about 200km to the southwest of the city is the highest mountain in the province, Gongga Shan, which at a staggering 7,556 metres makes it the third highest mountain in the world outside of the Himalayas. Sichuan also features many UNESCO World Heritage sites, such as the epic beauty of Jiuzhaigou National Park, Leshan with its 8th century Giant Buddha (the largest in the world), majestic Mount Emei (one of the four holy Buddhist mountains in China and home to the Emei style of Kung Fu), and spiritual Mount Qingcheng (the origin of the Daoist religion). Many people also directly associate the province with its mascot: the treasured panda bear.
Sichuan is a great place to learn about China’s ethnic diversity, too. Most notably, today Sichuan has the largest population of Tibetan people outside of Tibet itself. Even in Chengdu, for instance, you can visit Little Lhasa near Wuhouci and find yourself among Tibetan monks, music, shops, and restaurants.
The city of Chengdu is rightly famous for the very relaxed mind-set of its inhabitants. It will not take long to figure out that people in the city like to enjoy the good life. Chengdu is the home of more bars and teahouses than Shanghai, even though the population is not even half the amount. Also, you will find many people playing majiang (mahjong), Chinese chess and card games any given time of the day, which makes the city feel warm and friendly.
The locals also really love their food and even more love to enjoy it together in the company of friends. Famous for its spiciness and intense flavours, Chengdu locals are fond of their famed hotpot and the literally thousands of snacks and dishes available all over town, which have made Sichuanese cuisine renowned all over the world.
What is more, Chengdu is one of the Chinese cities with the most lively music scenes. Many Chinese stars originate from Sichuan and music is something that people in Chengdu love. It can be found everywhere: in the sprawling music district, the astonishing amount of KTVs, the countless local bars, and even in the parks – you will never have to search long to serve your musical needs in Chengdu.
Currently Chengdu is strengthening its position as the financial centre and transport hub of western China. With more domestic as well as international investors and a continuously improving infrastructure, the city is developing at a mind-boggling pace. This also leads to amazing contrasts: gigantic shopping malls to get lost in, just next to traditional street stands and rustic teahouses.
As you can easily see, there is loads of fun to be had during your time in Chengdu, whether you come for business, education, or leisure. We strongly recommend you to experience what Chengdu and its environs have to offer.
Once you are here, we very much welcome you to stop by at our office near Chunxi Lu! Please also see our 101 Things to Do While in Chengdu in our Resources section to help you make the most of this "heavenly city"!
Our Global Network
Knowledge Must’s global network includes highly distinguished consultants, teachers, trainers, and facilitators with a wealth of India and China specific expertise. Our experts work with you on customised solutions to deliver our intercultural services right to your doorstep. We will also happily refer you to one of our colleagues, should your request or interests fall beyond the scope of our competence.
Global Understanding, Local Expertise
We understand the fundamentals of cultures, from local customs to global flows of cultural exchange, giving us the ability to serve both local communities and large multi-national organisations. We offer our collective knowledge, experience, and network at your disposal.
Opportunities without Boundaries
We assist our clients when opportunities lead them across cultural boundaries. At Knowledge Must, we work seamlessly together across cultures as one community with a determination to serve our clients wherever they need us. Our diverse, global network of experts and deep understanding of global cultures gives our clients the advantage they need when crossing their cultural boundaries.
Intercultural processes need a global presence. This is why we offer our services out of two key cultural areas in today's globalising world: South Asia / India and East Asia / China. Whether our clients are in China, India, Europe, America or elsewhere, they can expect the highest levels of services and access to our experts. While there are cultural differences across our offices in India and China, you will find that there is one key constant: our common vision, mission, and values tie us closely together.