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Overview China

Insights into the regulations, traditions, and logistics of China.

Currency: CNY (RMB)
Calling code: +86
Area: 9,600,000 km²
Population: 1.4 billion
Density: around 143 person per km²

1. Are there typical greeting rituals?

In China, it is customary to shake hands in greeting - a firm handshake with eye contact and a smile. Besides, there is another more traditionell ritual which is stand up straight, right hand clenched fists, cover the right hand with the left hand and put both hands up to your chest. Nowadays this ritual is only used during Lunar New Year.

2. What business rules are to be followed?

In China, the most important thing is building up relationship before talking about business, in Chinese we call it "Guan Xi" which means relationship. Now "Guanxi" has officially become an English word to indicate relationship or connection.
A small gift should be brought to a business meeting, which symbolizes attention and is always kindly accepted by the host.

3. What prejudices are there and which of these are actually true?

Western people think Chinese people eat everything. Well, it is not everything but the variety and diversity of different food is very wide. Some foods are considered horrible or cruel by foreigners, but if they had the chance to try this food, they would most likely love it.

4. What subjects are discussed during small talk?

A little bit politics, sports, movies, entertainment news and recently personal updates.

5. What commodities play an important role in the country and to which countries does it export to and from which countries does it import from tze most part?

a. Export:
Garments, machinery, spare parts, toys and electronics
To: USA, Europe and South America

b. Import:
Timber, agriculture, mineral and precision machinery
From: Europe, USA, South America, Japan and South East Asia

6. What special logistics obstacles/difficulties are there on location?

As China is very large, there are many different political regulations depending on the city and region. One problem for the future of the logistics industry is that young people are not interested in working in this sector.

7. What goods were the most exciting or unusual that were transported by Fr. Meyer's Sohn or of which you have heard?

An airplane.

8. Are there traditional dishes that are eaten on specific holidays, for instance?

There are many different meals for specific holidays, such as the Mooncake for Mid-Autum and dumplings for Spring Festival.

9. What must absolutely be experienced or seen there?

Most foreigners only know Beijing and Shanghai. For sure the Forbidden City and the Great Wall are some "must see" of China but there is so much more that China has to offer. They say if you want to go 1000 years into the past, you should visit Beijing. To look 3000 years back, you should visit Xi'an and to look 5000 years back, you should visit Luoyang. Dunhuang and Lhasa are memorable places to visit as well.

Nadine Kinscher-Masur

Corporate Head of Marketing at Fr. Meyer's Sohn


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