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China Districts - Main Roads, Stations, Airports

China Districts - Main Roads, Stations, Airports

by Matt Slater December 22, 2017

This useful resource identifies some key China districts and provides details of their important roads and transport infrastructure.

With China having some of the world's biggest cities it can be important to know in which city district an office, hotel, factory, road or train station is located.

Some China districts have populations the size of whole nations. For example, more people live in Shanghai's Pudong district than live in the Republic of Ireland!

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When is the Chinese Financial Year?

When is the Chinese Financial Year?

by Matt Slater December 18, 2017

As the end of the calendar year approaches a lot of companies in China are busy making preparations for the end of the Chinese financial year.

Whilst you are getting ready to celebrate the new year, spare a thought for the overworked Chinese accountants, because the financial year in Mainland China follows the calendar year and ends on 31 December.

But is that also the case for businesses in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau? Is there a unified Chinese Financial Year?

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The 20 Largest China Train Stations

The 20 Largest China Train Stations

by Matt Slater December 05, 2017

In recent years a myriad of China train stations have been built to complement the development of China's new high speed rail network.

Whilst much of the focus goes on the new lines opened and their train speeds, it is often overlooked that a huge number of stations have been constructed and refurbished, from single line commuter stations to cavernous city terminals.

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The C&A China Supplier List

The C&A China Supplier List

by Matt Slater November 27, 2017

Many of C&A's vendors are based in China, and you can find their details from this C&A China supplier list.

Europe-based C&A is a huge fashion retailer with stores throughout Europe and the Americas. More recently they have expanded to Asia with the opening of over 80 stores in Mainland China.

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7 China Trade Fairs for Sourcing Products

7 China Trade Fairs for Sourcing Products

by Matt Slater November 22, 2017

Sourcing from China involves making a lot of decisions, and one of the best choices you can make is to visit one of the huge China trade fairs.

Visiting a trade show helps you to meet a wide range of suppliers, discuss requirements face-to-face and build the beginnings of a succesful business relationship.

China has an incredible number of exhibitions and they vary in size and scope tremendously. Choosing one of these China trade fairs will help to make the most of your time and expense.

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Countries That Register Company Names in Chinese

Countries That Register Company Names in Chinese

by Matt Slater November 13, 2017

If you saw a list of company names in Chinese it would usually be safe to assume that they are companies from Mainland China, Hong Kong or Taiwan.

But did you know there are some other countries where it is possible to register company names in Chinese?

In recent years some countries have found a new stream of clients from Chinaa process which they help facilitate by allowing companies to be established with an official Chinese name.

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6 Asia Business Airports That Get You Nearer Downtown

6 Asia Business Airports That Get You Nearer Downtown

by Matt Slater October 24, 2017

Read how business travelers are saving time by using Asia business airports to get them closer to downtown.

New airports are usually far from downtown making them difficult to reach during rush hour.

Happily, the rise of Asia business airports is offering new alternatives.

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What are China Abnormal Business Operations?

What are China Abnormal Business Operations?

by Matt Slater October 17, 2017

China Abnormal Business Operations is a status given to Chinese companies by the Administration of Industry and Commerce.

As the name indicates it is issued when the company's operations are irregular and they are not meeting their reporting duties.

The presence of abnormal business operations status may indicate that a Chinese company is experiencing financial difficulties or is poorly managed.

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Chinese Bill of Lading - House & Master

Chinese Bill of Lading - House & Master

by Matt Slater September 20, 2017

Usually when you receive a Chinese bill of lading it will look pretty familiar, it is prepared in English and you will likely be familiar with the name of the carrier.

If you don't recognize the carrier's name you need to understand if the document is a "Master" or a "House" bill of lading.

This article explains the circumstances in which the Chinese bill of lading you receive might be a "House" bill of lading, and what precautions you should take.

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The Top 20 China Sourcing Websites

The Top 20 China Sourcing Websites

by Matt Slater September 13, 2017

For so many people looking for products from China, their sourcing journey both starts with, and finishes with, Alibaba, but there are actually plenty of very good alternatives.

We want our readers to get the very best outcomes when sourcing in China, so here is China Checkup's list of the Top 20 China Sourcing Websites

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The Columbia China Supplier List

The Columbia China Supplier List

by Matt Slater September 05, 2017

We were recently asked by a reader whether there is a China supplier list for Columbia Sportswear. After some searching on their website we found it.

Read this article to discover the Columbia China supplier list and learn why Columbia sportswear discloses details of all their Chinese manufacturers.

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Alibaba Ecommerce Platforms - An Overview

Alibaba Ecommerce Platforms - An Overview

by Matt Slater July 18, 2017

Apart from the ubiquitous sourcing b2b platform alibaba.com, do you know any of the other Alibaba ecommerce platforms?

This article gives an overview of the Alibaba ecommerce platforms, most of which are aimed squarely at China's domestic market - notably the country's largest online marketplace Taobao.

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Chinese Company Verification