Category Archives: Business

5 tips on food etiquette in China

In an informal setting there are hardly any special rules for dining in China and as a foreigner you will often be excused for any potential mistakes. But, if you find yourself in a business setting, for example, attending a formal banquet, there are a couple of things that you should bear in mind in Read More…

Open Sesame

What have you heard of the e-commerce giant Alibaba? Launched in the way back time (at least in the Internet terms) of 1999, Alibaba has become the world’s largest business-to-business marketplace. Among others, Alibaba owns Taobao (the Chinese version of eBay) Alipay (the Chinese Paypal), and Yahoo! China (the Chinese version of… you know what Read More…

Work, Work, Work

There are a couple of things that I’d like to have known before working in China. First of all, there are jobs, though more and more competition to get them. Especially in Shanghai, foreigners are not exactly a rare commodity anymore – actually, I have heard locals complaining about the high numbers of those in Read More…

Running Errands: Banks

  Whenever I need to have dealings with a bank in China, I take these necessary measures: empty my bladder, prepare a snack, a decent page-turner, warm socks (in the winter); and just generally brace myself for a long wait. The best time to go there is between 10-11 am; going earlier you’ll risk bumping Read More…

Shopping Online: Your Guide to Using Yihaodian Part II

One of our readers requested a sequel to the ‘categories’ aspect of shopping in Yihaodian; and as your humble servant, I shall happily abide. Let’s talk more about searching for products. Well, first of all, even if your Chinese isn’t very good, inputting can be done in English, pinyin or Chinese characters; of course, searching Read More…

Shopping Online: Your Guide to Using Yihaodian

Shopping online is all the rage these days; in Shanghai one online store in particular is extremely popular and that is Yihaodian, or ‘Number 1 store’ (you can see their red-lettered delivery boxes everywhere). The interface is very user friendly – although it doesn’t have an English version so far. Still, after registering, 注册 ZhùCè, Read More…

The Importance of Guanxi

Allow me to introduce China’s other currency: guanxi. The most common translation for guanxi (关系) is ‘relation’. However, depending on the context it could also mean ‘connection’, ‘reference’, or ‘relevance’ such as in the very common phrase meiguanxi (没关系) – ‘It isn’t relevant’/‘No problem’. As for the guanxi I am writing about here, the closest Read More…

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