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Guidelines to gift giving in china
Guidelines to gift giving in china
Guidelines to gift giving in china
Guidelines to gift giving in china
Guidelines to gift giving in china
Guidelines to gift giving in china
Guidelines to gift giving in china
Guidelines to gift giving in china
Guidelines to gift giving in china
Guidelines to gift giving in china
Guidelines to gift giving in china
Guidelines to gift giving in china
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Guidelines to gift giving in china

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Extravagant gift giving was an important part of the Chinese culture, but with the recent changes in official policy it can be considered bribery.

Extravagant gift giving was an important part of the Chinese culture, but with the recent changes in official policy it can be considered bribery.

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  • 1. GUIDELINES TO GIFT GIVINGIN CHINAFor additional information about Business with Chinaplease visit www.China-Business-Connect.com
  • 2. www.China-Business-Connect.comExtravagant gift giving was an important part of the Chinese culture, butwith the recent changes in official policy it can be considered bribery.Although this is not always the case, it is important to approach giftgiving with discretion and stick to more symbolic and less expensivegifts.If you are ever in a situation where the Chinese business personoutright refuses just graciously withdraw the gift and continue on.But don’t mistake a polite refusal as a rejection as they may just betrying to convey modesty and humility. It is tricky when you have tomake this determination but if done tactfully there usually are noissues.2
  • 3. www.China-Business-Connect.comHERE ARE A SET OF GUIDELINES TO GIFTGIVING IN CHINA THAT WILL ENSURETHAT YOUR BUSINESS DEALINGS GO ALITTLE BIT SMOOTHER.3
  • 4. www.China-Business-Connect.com1Whenever you are giving or receiving any gift, even business cards, it isimportant to do so with two hands and a slight bow.This shows the humility and stresses the gratitude by both parties.4
  • 5. www.China-Business-Connect.com2If you are invited to someone’s home, bringing fresh flowers or fruit is atraditional gift.When possible, try to bring eight of the flowers or fruit, as eight is alucky number in Chinese culture.Usually the more expensive the gift is the more respect that you aredemonstrating but when you make this determination keep in mindthat they will feel obliged to reciprocate.5
  • 6. www.China-Business-Connect.com3Try to be fair with your gift giving.If you are going to give a nicer or more expensive gift then make sure itis going to the highest ranking person.When possible just get the same gift for all parties to avoid any issues.6
  • 7. www.China-Business-Connect.com4Avoid giving a clock as any part of a gift as there are traditionally basedsuperstitions regarding a countdown to death.7
  • 8. www.China-Business-Connect.com5Also avoid giving a fan as any part of the gift as it is used to symbolizethe splitting up of people.An example would be a bride giving her parents a fan to symbolize herleaving them for the care of her husband.8
  • 9. www.China-Business-Connect.com6Never give a man a green hat of any kind as this symbolizes that his wifeis unfaithful.9
  • 10. www.China-Business-Connect.com7As the Chinese are nationalistic and proud, they very much appreciate ifyou bring gifts from your own country.Don`t bother wrapping them until you are in China as customs will mostlikely unwrap them.10
  • 11. www.China-Business-Connect.com8When you are in China try to have your gifts wrapped in red, whichtraditionally is a lucky color.There are regional variations on other colors that are acceptable but itis easiest to entrust this job to the hotel or the store where you boughtthe gift.11
  • 12. For additional information about Business with Chinaplease visit www.China-Business-Connect.com

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