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What is the etiquette for meeting in China? People greet each other formally in China, and it is mandatory to greet the elder population before anyone else. Usually, they greet people from foreign countries with a handshake.  It is not uncommon for the Chinese to keep their eyes to the ground while greeting someone.  When addressing the people of this country, you should use a locally used title, which is bestowed to give respect along with their surnames. If you are more comfortable with using the first name to address people, it is better to take their opinion on it.  On a general basis, these people have a great sense of humour. They would not mind if the joke’s on them while talking with a person who is well acquainted to them. Even foreigners should adapt to this tradition and not mind laughing at themselves once in a while. What is the proper etiquette for gift giving in China? The perfect present for a Chinese family will be a package of food, because they relish food items. However, you should bear in mind not to gift them tools which are used to cut materials, for e.g. knives, blades, or scissors. Gifting such an article will be mistaken for putting an end to the relationship. Also, you should remember not to offer products like straw sandals, hankies and clocks as they are required during funerals.  Flowers would also be associated with death and funerals.  If you choose to wrap the present in gift wrap, make sure that it is not back, blue or white in colour. They consider eight as an extremely lucky digit whereas four is considered the opposite. Make sure you select the number of items accordingly.  While giving the gift, hold it with both hands.  If you are given a present by somebody, don’t hurry and open the wrap in front of them. What is the proper etiquette for eating in China? The people of China usually prefer to take their guests to restaurants instead of attending to them at home. This practice is observed more frequently with foreigners.  However, you may be lucky enough to get an invitation to their houses. If you won’t be able to make it, be very polite in making them know of the anomaly without being blunt. They won’t get offended if this is followed.  If you decide to go, be punctual and remove footwear outside before setting foot in the house. It will be good if you bring some present for the hostess too. Do not refrain from eating. This way, the hosts will know that you are enjoying yourselves and the food. Table manners Before eating a traditional Chinese meal, it will be good if you learn how to use chopsticks.  Also, remember to stand till someone lets you know where you should be sitting. If you are the guest of honour, you will be given a seat which will face the door.  Eat only after the host has started eating. Out of politeness and also adventure, you must taste every item offered to you. Refrain from eating the ultimate piece of the dish. Be aware of what the people around you need. Whenever you aren’t eating, i.e., while talking or drinking, keep the chopsticks down on the chopsticks rest. The toast offering is initiated by the host himself.  While eating non-vegetarian meals, place bones in a separate bowl offered outside your plate.  Keep the rice dish near your mouth while you are relishing it.  Though burping and belching during meals may be considered impolite in the west, in China, it merely tells you that the person is enjoying the food. It is not compulsory to finish all the food offered. Things you should know before going to China? The crowd in China is myriad with differences in age, language and region. Mianzi, or face is very important to them and thus they avoid confrontation during business and other meetings. Sometimes, they do not inform about bad news because of fear of embarrassment. But they also treat it as a kind of motivational thing. Giving face, or asking someone to help you, will actually help you make relations stronger. If the head of the organisation follows some ethics, he is considered respectable by his or her workers.  One more aspect that the Chinese find very crucial is social order. Individuals who place the welfare of the society before themselves gain the respect of people around them. There is a certain power positioning in China, which will be apparent in the field of business through the way they greet, meet and seat everyone.  Also, they equate your potential to do work with your ability of securing and maintaining relations. Thus, foreigners should keep in mind to build meaningful relationships with their Chinese counterparts.  : Business etiquette to follow in China
How to dress for a business meeting in China? Paying attention to dressing is also very important. It should be fairly conservative and shouldn’t be extravagant.  Suits worn by men should be of a dark colour and also conservative. Women have the option of wearing clothes with a high neck-line or normal dark coloured suits. They should also refrain from wearing high heeled shoes. Likely, bright colours don’t suit the business arena in China. How to greet or address a professional in China? If you are in China for business purposes, you must remember the following things. Handshakes are a western phenomenon but the Chinese have adapted to it. Thus, you can go for a handshake or wait for the other person to greet first.  During handshakes, make sure the grip is not too tight.  Don’t let the gaze of your eye be constantly at them while doing so. If you are really good friends with a person, he or she may shake your hand for as long as 10 seconds. If you are getting introduced to someone, it is polite to stand up.  If the other person doesn’t smile often, it doesn’t mean he isn’t friendly enough.  They may ask you about personal stuff too, but you can change the subject subtly with humour instead of getting offended. It is preferable to use the honorific titles as well as surnames of persons while talking to them. What is the etiquette for a business meeting in China? Before meeting someone, secure an appointment with them one or two months before you seek audience. It would be better if the request for appointment is given in writing.  It may happen that you don’t have contacts within the company you have work with. In this condition, you can use an intermediate medium to arrange a formal introduction. After this, you should let them know about the company you work with and what you aim to achieve via the meeting.  You should refrain from being late as it could have negative impacts to your relation.  Your agenda should be given utmost prominence and you will find the others trying to let you know about their agendas too.  Sending your agenda to the company before the meeting would be helpful as it would give time for the company to seek help of technical experts before the meeting. One should also have a discussion with the translator regarding the agenda before submitting it.  There may be instances wherein somebody will occupy huge time lengths of the meeting, without contributing much. In this case, it is advisable to listen patiently. Others may be passing subtle hints about the situation, which will help you diminish your fears.  You should possess the virtue of patience while sitting in meetings. The mobile phones of people may ring as disruptions and they may talk unrestrained but you should bear with all of it. Asking someone to switch their phones off will lead to embarrassment. If you are a guest to the meeting, you will be escorted to your seat. Seating is strictly according to the hierarchal positioning of the company. There may be a language gap between you and the Chinese. Thus, you should bring along a translator or interpreter to discuss legal or technical facts.  If you have documents with you, make sure that they are in both Chinese and English languages. You should doubly check the translations so that the worry of misinterpretation will be avoided.  Visual presentations can be made in large meetings and the colour of the writing should be in black with a white background. If other colours are used, it may prove risky as different colours mean different things to the Chinese. You should be prepared for your presentation beforehand and you should pay attention to detail and long-term benefits. What is the proper way to communicate in China? While communicating with Chinese people, you must remember that they may be indirectly trying to say ‘no’ while actually saying ‘yes’.  You should also pick up subtle hints regarding their behaviour. It may signify excitement or even hesitation.  You should be conscious of your facial expression while talking. A simple frown will be taken as disapproval by them. Due to this reason alone, the Chinese maintain a neutral expression on their faces in case they don’t understand something.  Eye contact should be paid attention to. Staring or maintaining a constant gaze at people with higher ranks will be taken as disrespect. Try not to embarrass your fellow Chinese as he or she is trying hard to save you from embarrassment too.  Learn to control your emotions when in public. They aren’t well with displays of strong emotions such as anger. They are also very humble and will not speak highly of themselves. You shouldn’t take this literally and not equate it with their merit or worth.   : Customs followed in China