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10 Popular Chinese Business Gifts (+ A Few To Avoid)

10 Popular Chinese Business Gifts (+ A Few To Avoid)

by Matt Slater September 27, 2018

Here we introduce some Chinese business gifts which are commonly presented to customers, guests and employees by companies in China.

Like elsewhere in the world, giving gifts is a good way of communicating and to build relationships, but the traditions in China are likely to be a bit different to in your country. 

Exchanging gifts is an important part of Chinese business culture and giving the wrong gift can lead to embarrassment and misunderstandings, so we have covered some of the Chinese business gifts to avoid in this article too.

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List of China High-Tech Zones

List of China High-Tech Zones

by Matt Slater July 12, 2018

The first China high-tech zone was established in Beijing in 1988 at Zhongguancun Science Park.

Since then the number of national-level high-tech zones has increased rapidly and there are currently 169 zones located in 31 provinces.

As well as giving an overview, in this article we list and provide details of these China high-tech zones, including their focus industries and official websites.

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China City Tiers - An Overview

China City Tiers - An Overview

by Matt Slater May 31, 2018

If you've ever visited China or researched the Chinese market, you will probably have heard of the concept of "China city tiers".

Brought about by the rapid growth of Chinese cities over the last 20 years, labelling a city as "1st Tier" or "2nd Tier" became a convenient way to quickly describe its relative level of development.

This article introduces and provides maps for each of the China city tiers and identifies which tier 338 different Mainland China cities are ranked under.

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China Free Trade Zones - Where Are They?

China Free Trade Zones - Where Are They?

by Matt Slater April 25, 2018

Since establishing the first China Free Trade Zone in Shanghai in 2013, Chinese authorities have moved swiftly to establish a further 10 zones, with even more planned.

Although the Shanghai Free Trade Zone is now fairly well known among foreign companies, awareness of the other zones is still relatively low.

This article gives an overview of the 11 China Free Trade Zones currently in operation and outlines where they are located.

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List of International Chamber of Commerce in China

List of International Chamber of Commerce in China

by Matt Slater August 31, 2016

For many businesses, contacting your country’s Chamber of Commerce in China is a great starting point for exploring opportunities in the Chinese market.

The large number of Chamber of Commerce in China means that there is a good chance that your country has representation, and some of the more active countries even have multiple chambers or offices across China.

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List of Chinese Scam Reporting Websites

List of Chinese Scam Reporting Websites

by Matt Slater May 18, 2016

If you have fallen victim to a Chinese scam it is often difficult to know who or where to turn to, and the help available can be quite limited.

Even if you find it impossible to get your money back, you can help warn other potential victims (and vent some steam) by reporting it on a fraud reporting website.

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List of Famous Companies Who Disclose Their Chinese Suppliers

List of Famous Companies Who Disclose Their Chinese Suppliers

by Matt Slater July 15, 2015

Finding a good Chinese manufacturer can be challenging at times, but did you know that many famous companies actually publicly disclose their China Supplier list?

That's right, many of the leading brands will actually tell you which Chinese companies produce their goods, you just need to know where to look. 

Read on to find out why companies such as Apple, Nike and Levis are disclosing their China supplier list and where you can go to find it.

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Banned on Alibaba - Gold Suppliers Blacklist

Banned on Alibaba - Gold Suppliers Blacklist

by Matt Slater January 21, 2015

Each month between April 2010 and March 2013 Alibaba published on their website a list of the paid gold members that had been banned from their platform that month.

In this article we provide some background to why these lists may have been published and replicate in full the names of the suppliers banned on Alibaba.

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List of Chinese AIC Websites

List of Chinese AIC Websites

by Matt Slater October 15, 2013

We’ve put together this list of the various Chinese AIC company search websites (National Enterprise Credit Information Publicity System) and Chinese AIC branch websites (工商行政管理局 or just 工商局) for each province / administrative region in China.

If any of the links are broken or out of date, or we’re missing any, please leave a comment to let us know!

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