Shanzai Culture: What Does it Mean?

2024-05-15T10:15:42+00:00 May 17th, 2024|

In today’s world, China is emerging as a major powerhouse in both culture and technology. In this regard, the term “Shanzai,” which literally means “fortified mountain,” has evolved to represent a unique style of production, imitation, and adaptation across various industries. From consumer electronics to fashion and pop culture, Shanzai has become an emblematic sign that encapsulates the creativity and complexity of the contemporary Chinese market. […]

How Personal Space Works in China: Social Norms

2024-04-11T13:55:37+00:00 April 12th, 2024|

In a densely populated country like China, with such a rich and ancient culture, it’s no surprise that its customs and ways of life continue to be among the most studied, especially by those looking to do business there. In today’s post, you’ll discover the established norms that might seem quite peculiar to Westerners regarding personal space in China. Don’t miss out, as it’s bound to be very interesting! […]

Eastern Collectivist Society vs. Western Individualist Society

2024-03-12T11:01:15+00:00 March 18th, 2024|

In contemporary social fabric, the dichotomy between collectivist and individualist societies is a topic of great relevance. It influences not only the structure and functioning of communities but also the business sphere. The way people interact, make decisions, and prioritize the common good over personal interests are fundamental aspects that distinguish these two sociocultural models. In today’s post, we delve into the key differences between collectivist and individualist societies, with a focus on how these differences impact business practices. […]

The Silk Road: A Millennia-Old Exchange Route.

2024-02-13T10:12:48+00:00 February 16th, 2024|

The Silk Road, an ancient system of trade routes connecting Asia to Europe, originated in the 2nd century BC with the initial purpose of facilitating the trade of Chinese silk with the Roman Empire. This commercial corridor not only transported goods but also fostered cultural exchanges and the dissemination of knowledge among diverse civilizations. We’ll guide you through everything you need to know about this route and its enduring influence on the business world. […]

Mandarin Chinese is the Language of Business

2023-11-10T17:28:03+00:00 November 17th, 2023|

Centuries ago, China had its own lingua franca called Classical Chinese. Over the years, it blended with other languages and popular dialects, resulting in numerous local variants. China is now home to 56 ethnic groups and 302 living languages in a population of over 1.4 billion people. Mandarin Chinese stands out as a key language in the business world. What should you know about this language? […]

Chinese Proverbs Applied to Business: Part II

2023-09-12T16:27:08+00:00 September 15th, 2023|

Chinese Proverbs, called “yyànyŭ,” are phrases that capture the wisdom of illustrious philosophers and thinkers throughout the centuries. They not only help us understand the world around us but also prove to be of great assistance in building and maintaining prosperous business relationships. Below, you’ll find the Chinese proverbs that continue to have a significant impact on business. […]

The importance of ethics (Lunlixue) for doing business in China

2023-05-09T13:49:52+00:00 May 22nd, 2023|

In addition to knowing some of the customs, traditions or cultural aspects related to Chinese society, it is also important that you have basic knowledge about ethics when doing business in China. And, in addition to being a key factor, it is important to gain the trust of entrepreneurs and create long and prosperous relationships. […]

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