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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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Are Chinese Business Names in English Legit?

Are Chinese Business Names in English Legit?

by Matt Slater October 25, 2016

As a foreigner, when you read Chinese business names in English you naturally assume that the name you are reading is the name of the company.

In Mainland China and Taiwan, and this can be difficult to comprehend, the only official Chinese business names are those written in Chinese characters, which means the English names are usually just translations.

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Applying for a Chinese Driving License

Applying for a Chinese Driving License

by Matt Slater June 30, 2016

Acquiring a Chinese driving license is necessary before you can start driving on public roads in China, but what is the experience of applying for the license like?

This article gives a personal account of my efforts to pass the Chinese driving license test in Shanghai a few years ago.

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A Day in the Life of a China Quality Auditor

A Day in the Life of a China Quality Auditor

by Matt Slater June 01, 2016

When he is not busy contributing content and developing verification services for this website, China Checkup founder Matt Slater also keeps busy by working as a China Quality Auditor.

In this article he shares some of his experience from 8 years of auditing in China and outlines a typical day in the life of a China quality auditor, from making sure you go to the right factory to handing out nonconformities in a constructive manner!

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Thanks For Supporting China Checkup in 2014

Thanks For Supporting China Checkup in 2014

by Matt Slater December 17, 2014

With the end of the year just around the corner, my team has been reflecting on an extraordinary year during which we helped businesses all around the world to work successfully with Chinese companies.
Our business has grown steadily over the past 12 months as more and more people have heard about the speed, accuracy and affordability of our services.

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Escape to Africa - Chinese Fugitive Caught in Uganda

Escape to Africa - Chinese Fugitive Caught in Uganda

by Matt Slater August 13, 2014

Recently, Chinese media has been reporting the fascinating case of Yu Youjing, a Chinese fugitive who was suspected of defrauding nearly RMB 200million (approx. USD 35 million) and fleeing to Africa.

After being tracked down and arrested in Uganda, the glamorous “beauty boss” has been escorted back to China to face charges.

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Joyme (嘉宜美) Furniture Store in China Copies IKEA Down to the Last Inch

Joyme (嘉宜美) Furniture Store in China Copies IKEA Down to the Last Inch

by Matt Slater May 26, 2014

IKEA furniture shops are heaven to some and hell to others, but there’s no doubt that the system is effective in herding hordes of shoppers through the building and extracting money from them in the process.

This fact didn’t go unnoticed by one of the furniture giant’s suppliers in China, who have now set up shop in Beijing with a complete clone of their client’s business model.

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DHgate CEO Wang Shutong on Cross-Border Ecommerce in China

DHgate CEO Wang Shutong on Cross-Border Ecommerce in China

by Matt Slater May 15, 2014

This article is a reworking of ‘eBay全球最大卖家在福州,跨境电商潜力大‘ by Wang Shutong (王树彤). Some parts have been redacted or re-arranged.

Were you aware that the largest eBay seller in the world is a Chinese company in Fuzhou? The company sells a staggering 1bn RMB worth of goods a year (around 160m USD).

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View China - Video Introduction to This AMAZING Country

View China - Video Introduction to This AMAZING Country

by Matt Slater May 09, 2014

Since the beginning of 2014 China Checkup has started posting videos to our YouTube channel to help introduce the incredible land that is China.

Just in case you missed them (and you should really subscribe to our YouTube channel) here are the videos we have produced so far.

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Keeping Your Wits About You on China Supplier Visits

Keeping Your Wits About You on China Supplier Visits

by Matt Slater April 30, 2014

There have been some great stories on Smart China Sourcing about the unbelievable things that can be revealed during visits to suppliers in China. Some of my favourites include Renaud Anjoran’s story about being shown the same factory twice in one day, and Etienne Charlier’s write-up of disastrously low quality turbine production. Here I’d like to add to that collection with a little story of my own.

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