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Meetings are considered very formal in China. It is a good idea to send a list of your representatives before the meeting, and to include their rank in your company.
Business Entertainment Business lunches are growing in popularity here. Business breakfasts, however, are not a part of Chinese business culture.
Being late for an appointment is considered a serious insult in Chinese business culture.
The Chinese will nod or bow slightly as an initial greeting. Handshakes are also popular; wait, however, for your Chinese counterpart to initiate the gesture.
Dress styles are changing quickly in today's China. The uniform-like Mao jacket is being replaced by Western-style suits and, sometimes, ties. Foreigners should dress formally. Women should avoid low necklines and hemlines that rise above the knee. Jewelry will be noticed; modest gold jewelry and a quality watch will count in your favor. However, avoid overly expensive jewelry or showy ornaments.
Before your visit, it will be a good idea to prepare yourself by studying aspects of Chinese culture, history, and geography. Your hosts will appreciate your initiative.
Officially, women are given many of the same rights as men in China.
Do Business in China
When doing business in China, a familiarity of some of Chinese business culture will no doubt help you get a better result than you do otherwise. The followings are some advice from those foreign business managers doing business in China. Although some of them are overstated, they overall are helpful to those who are on their first business trip to China.
Official policy in Chinese business culture forbids giving gifts; this gesture is considered bribery, an illegal act in this country. Consequently, your gift may be declined.
Same Body Language in Chinese and American Cultures, but with Different Meaning
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