Subject: Exciting Business Trip Preparation to Hong Kong
You and I had visited places for different reasons: holidays, business, etc., and as we now, a wide rainbow of new experiences are just about to come.
We are a couple of months away of this business trip to Hong Kong, time enough to put together some findings and get prepared to successfully execute our goal. I am confident we will easily blend into Chinese culture.
Trying new things is always challenging. New places, people, cultures, food, climate, etc will not overwhelm us, especially because English and Chinese are official languages. (Williams)
We will have some great time. The “Chinese thanksgiving” (winter solstice festival) is celebrated on December 21st or 22nd which basically is a feast day with family gathering. Christmas is not official so some institutions, banks, offices and school remain open. Nevertheless, some Chinese people get in to the holiday spirit; have little Christmas trees, decorations and lights. By the way, our Governor General David Johnston is visiting China next week to stimulate Chinese investments in Canada. (Blanchfield, 2013)
(Williams) Advices on the business etiquette that should be known:
• Hand shake is common, however a slightly bow is accepted as a sign of respect
• Because it is densely populated, people tend to talk close to each other
• Use titles with names whenever possible.
• Appointments and punctuality are expected
• Do not be surprised if they consult a geomancer before making business decisions. Patient is important.
• Select a red tie to impress. Do not choose white.
• Do presentations in black and white, avoid colors.
• If they suck air loudly through the lips is sign of disappointed. Change your subject perspective.
• Ganbei is for toast and it goes bottoms up and the guest does it first. Refuse to drink is impolite
• Do not blow your nose at the table or in public
• Gift giving is...