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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, shake hands will be a very common behavior when people meet each other, a firm hand, eye contact with a smile is a decent greeting. Besides, we have another typical ritual which is stand up straight, right hand clenched fists, cover the right hand with the left hand, put two hands up to your chest. Now people in China only use this ritual 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 became a English word to indicate relationship or connection. When you are going to a business visiting, bring a little gift will be very welcome.

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

Western people think Chinese people eat everything, OK it is not everything but the dietary range of Chinese people is quite wide indeed. Some foods are considered horrible by foreigners. But if some brave westerners who give themselves a chance to try, believe they will fell in love with such odd foods at once.

4. What subjects are discussed during small talk?

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

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, electronics. To USA, EU and South America.

b. Import Timber, Agriculture, mineral, precision machinery. From EU, USA, South America, Japan and South East Asia. 6.

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

China is too big, too many different policy from different cities. Young generation is not interested in logistics industry.

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?

We have so many different foods for specific holidays. For example we have moon cake for Mid-Autumn day and dumplings for Spring Festival.

9. What must absolutely be experienced or seen there?

Most of foreigners know Beijing and Shanghai of China, but this is what they only know. For sure the Forbidden City and Great Wall is a "must see" of China but China is too big, it is said if you want to see one thousand years ago, go to Beijing, three thousand years ago, go to Xian, five thousand years ago, go to Luoyang. Dunhuang and Lhasa are memorable places to visit as well.

Nadine Kinscher-Masur

Corporate Head of Marketing | Fr. Meyer's Sohn


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