More Cultural Rules and Information for
Doing Business in China
Form a connection with someone who has first
hand experience conducting business and
developing strategic relationships in China.
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work with All China Sourcing, LTD for your
The Chinese are very keen about exchanging
business cards. Bring plenty with you to
business meetings, preferably ones written
in English on one side and in Chinese on the
other. Learn how to present them to your
Avoid the word "no" in your business
dealings. "Perhaps," "we'll see" and other
ambiguous words are more appropriate.
Humility is a virtue in the Chinese business
culture. In most instances, exaggerated
claims will be discounted.
Celebrating Chinese New Year is a
major event annually in the Chinese culture.
In addition, there are two other Chinese
holiday seasons, Labor Day and National Day.
These two additional Chinese holidays are
specific only to China. Therefore, China has
three major holidays around the year -
Chinese New Year in January or February,
Labor Day on May First, and National Day on
October First. The non-working days around
the above Chinese holidays in China last
between 5 to 8 days. This is because the
Chinese businesses typically combine the
previous two weekend days and the following
two weekend days with the official 2-4
holidays. So, making sure to work your
schedule around the major Chinese holidays
will help to save you unnecessary troubles
when doing business in China.
Mandarin is the most popular
dialect. It is mainly used in Mainland
China, Taiwan and Singapore. These areas
represent a population over 1.3 billion
Chinese. Mandarin dialect is the official
and standard dialect in Mainland China.
Almost all TV and radio stations announce in
Mandarin dialect. The China education system
requires that all schoolteachers in China
must teach Mandarin. In Mainland China,
Mandarin is called "putonghua", meaning
"common language". The Cantonese dialect is
popular in Canton (Guangdong) province of
China, Hong Kong and with overseas Chinese
Besides Mandarin and
Cantonese, there are many other Chinese
dialects. People from Hunan, Shanghai, Guangxi, Hangzhou, Sichuan, Liaoning, Fujian,
Guizhou, and many other provinces or cities,
have their own dialects. People from Beijing
also have their own dialect. Beijing dialect
is often considered THE Mandarin since
Mandarin is based on the Beijing dialect.
Due to the difficulties in communication
among different Chinese dialect groups, the
Chinese authorities in both Mainland and
Taiwan decided to unify spoken Chinese by
implementing Mandarin dialect as the
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