|A formal dinner table in China in a private room in a restaurant. |
Note the beautiful Lazy Susan. This one was very fancy in that it was
electric and rotated slowly to allow guests to select food as it passed
in front of you. Photo by Bob Brinkmann.
1. Packing. Pack light. You don't need to pack a ton of clothing. There are laundry services everywhere and you can get dirty clothes cleaned within a day or two. You should have one or two professional suits for formal occasions, casual business clothes for day use, and very casual clothes for traveling or chillaxing. The grocery stores in China have all of the basic toiletries, so if you are going for a long time, you really just need travel sized items and you can go shopping for larger sized products like shampoo when you get there. If you are staying in a hotel, they will have basic supplies in the room just like an American hotel.
2. Business Relations. Expect formal greetings when you arrive such as tours of facilities, introductions, or a gift exchange. Have plenty of business cards ready. Your gift should be meaningful and represent your organization. Appropriate gifts include things such as a company or organizational product or something representing the area where you are from. It should be in a beautiful bag or easy to open box. Also expect a dinner or lunch. Bring smaller gifts for individuals you become friends with. Give these informally before you leave. These should be more meaningful than expensive.
|This is a more casual meal I had at a beach restaurant with|
friends. There is still a lazy suzan, but the meal was more
informal. Note the fresh coconut. Yum!
Photo by Bob Brinkmann.
|This was a cool robotics lab at Qiongzhou University|
in Sanya, Hainan China. Photo by Bob Brinkmann.
|You will likely make good friends during your travels. I know I did.|
Photo by Bob Brinkmann