First impressions and appearances are critical when it comes to successful business in China. Going the extra mile to understand common Chinese customs for business dealings really goes a long way. These tips come from a wealth of advice on the China Law Blog.
Here are six top tips for making a good impression in China:
- Shaking hands is common, although Chinese will traditionally nod or slightly bow when greeting, making introductions quite formal.
- When passing or receiving a business card, hold the card with both hands. Make sure your cards have both English and Chinese on them.
- Be on time, punctuality is important.
- Don’t discuss business during the meal, unless your guest brings it up.
- If you happen to receive applause (uncommon, but still possible), you should respond by clapping yourself.
- Business attire is conservative. Suits for men, and skirts and blouses for females.