Have you traveled to China for business?

Christina Lewellen
October 1, 2008

The Talk, page 2

Survey Results for 10/01/2008:

Have you traveled to China for business?

No, never been for business


Yes, several times


Not yet, but I do plan to in the future


Yes, just once


Today I join you from Shanghai—gotta love technology!

Last week I took the industry’s pulse to see how many of our industry readers have been to China for business. While more than half of you have never stood where I now stand, about 29 percent have gone at least once. The emails poured in last week after I asked for travel tips, and one gentleman in particular has earned himself several beers from me for the information on getting through customs with brand name purses. I am indebted.

I heard that many of the business customs and etiquette I’ve been trained on prior to the trip don’t necessarily stand among Chinese businesspeople. One reader told me Shanghai is a lot more like San Francisco than what I’d consider “China.” So while I’m open to the experience and learning as I go—being cautious and considerate of local customs—I’m also more wary of sweeping stereotypes.

So it’s early in the trip yet, but I’m learning a lot as I go.

Contact Christina Lewellen, senior editor, at clewellen@glass.org.


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