Just a blurb here about something I found out last week about the state of film photography here in Shanghai and greater China.
The lab I send my negatives to for scanning, as well as my C41 and E6 film for developing, normally has a 5-6 business day turn around time, depending on how much you send them. I typically send in 10 rolls or so worth of scanning plus 4-5 rolls of developing. A few weeks ago we had a major holiday here in China and because of this, I did not send my film in the next week because I knew that the lab would be swamped. The second week back I prepared my film, (13 rolls of C41/E6 for development, about 15 120 rolls for scanning). My wife called to talk to the owner and they reported to her that the turnaround time for my submission would be around 3 weeks, if that. They are absolutely deluged with film from the holiday and it will take a solid month to get it all processed.
Good times for this lab. They tell my wife that their business is only increasing.