Photo Credit: Asia in the details - Alek von Felkerzam; Spiritual - Helmut Artmeier
For Business or for Pleasure?
Chinese Business Culture is influenced by China’s vast country with many unique languages,
cultures and subcultures. Sure, you can find Mr. Tung on the Internet to send you
100 purses to sell in your gift shop in Ft. Caspar, Wyoming or Kitchener, Ontario.
But no matter how much research you do, nothing compares to an actual visit to
shake hands with your Chinese contact. To do this successfully, you need to understand
the Chinese Business Culture.
What does Chinese Culture have to do with Business?
What does the business traveler need to know about Chinese Culture? Culture influences
our business decisions, attitudes, values, and personal tastes. Western and Chinese
people have misunderstood each other in the past. Learning the differences in Chinese
culture versus your own will do nothing but help with you business dealings in this
Some notable differences are:
Chinese Astrology Compatibility - we often hear about the year of the rat or dragon
during Chinese New Year. Even more so than western astrology, Chinese Astrology
is deeply rooted in Chinese Culture and it influences the Chinese thinking.
Chinese Language Study - Unlike the United States, where there is one national language,
English, there are many Chinese dialects in China. The dialects have evolved so
much over many centuries to the point where they are almost different languages today.
Chinese Baby Names - How can a name in Chinese be part of Chinese culture? China
is a nation which honors and respects their elders and the family. Consequently,
this is reflected in the way they name their children. The family or surname is
Real Chinese Food - if your image of Chinese food is chicken balls in red sauce,
you will be surprised when you venture to China. The food that the Chinese eat on
an everyday basis is very different than the westernized Chinese Food that is served
all over North America.
China Business Etiquette - the most well known about the Chinese is that they seem
to agree with everything through their head nodding and constant "yes". Don't be
fooled. It's their culture to keep peace but it does not mean that you'll get the
Chinese Symbols Translation- you will want to be able to translate simple words
and phrases. Fortunately, technology is on your side. There are many tools available
to help you with your translation.
Feng Shui Tips - Feng Shui is the the ancient Chinese art of placement and arrangement
to bring luck, health and happiness.