Chinese Business Culture and Etiquette

Written by Ken Cheong

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Gifts and Presents Unlike earlier days when China was very poor, gifts, especially of Western origin was especially appreciated. Today, China produces and imports almost anything imaginable and gifts are no longer a novelty.

However, gifts are always appreciated and especially inrepparttar smaller cities or towns, will continue to play an important part in your business relationship. Do note that if you are indeed giving gifts, make surerepparttar 151148 senior people get a better gift or at least gifts perceived to have a higher value than their junior staff.

Similarly, expect to recieve gifts fromrepparttar 151149 Chinese, especially Chinese art products. It is polite not to refuse, especially if it is not of too high a monetary value.

Lunch/Dinner There is no business talk in China without at least one trip to a restaurant. Sometimes, a trip is made torepparttar 151150 restaurant even before any business discussion take place! Inevitably,repparttar 151151 restaurant will always be a grand one and you are likely to be hosted in a private room.

There is an elaborate seating arrangement for a Chinese business meal. There are fixed seating positions forrepparttar 151152 host andrepparttar 151153 guest and then they are seated again according to seniority. This is a very important aspect of a formal dinner and it is important that you followrepparttar 151154 rules accordingly. However, it seems thatrepparttar 151155 Northern Chinese are very particular to this formal seating arrangement whilerepparttar 151156 Southern Chinese has loosenrepparttar 151157 formalities somewhat.

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Drinking withrepparttar 151158 Chinese The Chinese are big drinkers especially in Northern and Western China. It does not matter if it is lunch or dinner; as long as a meal is being hosted, there will be alcohol.

Chinese wine isrepparttar 151159 favourite, followed by red wine and beer. Chinese wine is more like fuel than liquor, having a alcohol concentration as high as 60%! No matter how good a drinker you may think of yourself, never, ever challenge a Chinese into a drinking contest. They will win, hands down!

It is often seen as rude not to drink withrepparttar 151160 Chinese in a formal dinner. To maintain your sanity, either claim to be a non alcoholic or plead medical grounds as an excuse. This will let you offrepparttar 151161 hook with little or minimal drinks. Better yet, bring a partner who can drink on your behalf!

After Dinner Entertainment Formal business dinner normally drags for quite sometime as there will be much social talk, some karoake, and drinking contests. Most ofrepparttar 151162 time, everyone is too drunk to indulge in further entertainment after a dinner. In addition, if you are just new to this partnership, you are unlikely to be invited to further after dinner entertainment.

However, once you are familiar with them, you may be invited to a Karaoke, or a Night Club, or a Suana. Do note that if they arerepparttar 151163 host forrepparttar 151164 night, all bills will be picked up by them forrepparttar 151165 night, including all entertainment. It is impolite to fight forrepparttar 151166 bill or worst, splitrepparttar 151167 bills.

Similarly, if you arerepparttar 151168 host forrepparttar 151169 night, you are expected to pick up all bills forrepparttar 151170 night.

Controversial Issues There are some taboo areas in social conversations withrepparttar 151171 Chinese. Try to avoid these conversational topics as much as possible. I have seen many nasty arguements as a result of these topics:

1. You must not mention that Taiwan is an independent state or a country. 2. You must NEVER praiserepparttar 151172 Japanese or be seen to be good buddies with them 3. You can condemn Mao Tse Tung but avoid critising Deng Hsiao Ping 4. You must not praise Shanghai in front of natives of Beijing and similarly vice versa

Other than that, you are pretty safe to converse withrepparttar 151173 Chinese anything underrepparttar 151174 sun!

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Ken Cheong worked and live in China for 5 years. He admire the Chinese for their fighting spirit after so many years of war and political strive. He can be contacted for business and investment consultancy into China.

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Essential Buyer’s Guide for Overseas Real Estate

Written by Rhiannon Williamson

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5)If something seems too good to be true it warrants serious investigation! Occasionally we can find a bargain in life, occasionally lady luck smiles on us and our fortunes change – but if you always remain a little suspicious and bring on board as many experts as you need to in order to research a seeming bargain you will avoid making a costly mistake and you might just prove that it isn’t too good to be true, it’s a genuine opportunity.

6)Get contracts officially translated before you sign them.

7)Get any conditions ofrepparttar sale written into your contract.

8)If buying off plan insist you see previous examples ofrepparttar 151147 builder’s work and speak to customers who have already bought and find out about build quality, ongoing customer service throughoutrepparttar 151148 build period and also about after sales care andrepparttar 151149 guarantees you get withrepparttar 151150 property.

9)Make surerepparttar 151151 houses you’re viewing are built to withstand any climate or environmental hazards, for example if you’re in an earthquake prone country properties should be seismically reinforced.

10)And finally proceed with caution and don’t enter into anything that you wouldn’t entertain back home. Just because you’re in a different country it doesn’t mean you’ve become a different person, you’re intelligent, savvy and wise back home so don’t change!

Rhiannon Williamson is a freelance writer whose articles about buying investment property abroad have appeared in many investment and finance publications throughout the world. You can find more of her articles at:-

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