Etiquette Guide to China: Know the Rules that Make the Difference!

Etiquette Guide to China: Know the Rules that Make the Difference!

Boye Lafayette De Mente

Language: English

Pages: 192

ISBN: 0804845190

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


This essential guide to Chinese etiquette will make embarrassing social blunders a thing of the past!

Whether you're traveling to China for business or pleasure, whether your stay will be long or short, your visit will be more pleasurable and effective if you understand your host culture and how to work within it.

This updated and expanded edition of the best-selling Chinese etiquette guide on the market addresses not just the puzzling protocols relating to name cards, bowing or shaking hands, bathrooms and public baths—but also what to do when entertaining Chinese dinner guests, attending a Chinese tea ceremony, taking the subway, and much more!

It also provides the latest etiquette in mobile phone manners, texting, social media and other forms of digital communication. The glossary at the back of the book has been revised to include the latest technology-related words and expressions used by China today. Two new chapters address the changing role of foreigners in the workplace and the contemporary business style and etiquette used by the younger generation of China who are now increasingly cosmopolitan—but still very Chinese!

Etiquette Guide to China includes everything you need to know to be a successful, courteous traveler:

  • Hand gestures and body language
  • How to address the Chinese
  • Dining and restaurant manners
  • Gift giving and celebration in China
  • Entering into and understanding business relationships
  • How to behave in professional situations
  • Dealing with China's political culture
  • The Chinese way of negotiating

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and political systems under which they lived for millennia they are extraordinarily sensitive about their face–that is, their reputation, the way they perceive themselves and the way others perceive them–which has a direct influence on the way they do business. As everyone knows, dramatic cultural changes have been underway in China since the last years of the 1970s. These changes have been and still are affecting people from every walk of life in China, particularly the millions who are now

can be totally lost on the Chinese if the interpreter is not knowledgeable and skillful enough to bridge the cultural gaps. People who have not used interpreters before in a professional situation generally underestimate how difficult it is to correctly interpret both words and cultural nuances so that their meanings are clear. They also underestimate how much trouble can result from interpretations that are off by only one or two percent. It therefore behooves foreign negotiators to make sure

shake hands and then exchange business cards. This is an excellent opportunity for foreign visitors to greet their counterparts in both English and Chinese, even if all they can say in Chinese is Hen gaoxing renshi ni (hin gow-sheeng wren-she nee)–“I’m pleased to meet you!” The correct method of exchanging business cards in China is often discussed. The old advice that you should present your card with both hands and accept the other person’s card in the way is just that–old advice. Some Chinese

of popular songs in advance. The investment of time and effort will pay off. In addition, the Western custom of holding business breakfasts and lunches has become common in China. In fact, “morning tea” has been a popular business custom in Fujian and Guangdong provinces for a long time. Taking the initiative and inviting Chinese contacts to these meetings is an excellent way to avoid the pressure to drink and the obligation to spend time in bars or other places after working hours. If luncheon

water), 37–38 Foreigners, perspective on, 40–42 G Ganbei (bottoms up), 152, 156 Gei-mian-zi (showing respect/complimenting), 46 Gestures and body language, 61–62 Gift-giving, 79–82, 157 Go-betweens, 149–150 “Good Manners Months,” 31 Government and politics. See also Communism big-brother government, 88–91 government titles, 167 professional education and, 94–96 Greetings, 58, 136–137, 167–170 Group orientation vs. individualism, 113–116 Guanxi (connections), 45, 50–51, 100–114,

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