China is the next big thing. This country (which has a population of a continent) has become the hub of all major economic activity in the world. With the increased money came the increased effort on the communist government’s part to give a boost to tourism. Ranging from advertising the ideals and teachings of Confucius to teaching the world about the greatness of Mao; China is in full gear. Two decades back, China was all about kung fu, the Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City. But now people see it in three dimensions. The Chinese culture and society have acquired a new meaning for the travelers visiting the country. Here is a complete guide for sightseeing tourists and business travelers to China.

Sightseeing tourists

In the past few years China has made consistent efforts to preserve and collect its ancient heritage and relics spread all over the world. As mentioned earlier Great Wall of China is a must see. Apart from that, you can go the excavation site of yin Xu situated in city of Henan. Another magnificent aspect about visiting China is coming face to face with its rich past. Silk Road is a great example of that. It was an ancient trade route spanning three continents.

Though the majority of Chinese citizens is ‘Han Chinese’ by religions. But there are magnificent glimpses of some other religions too. One such region is the holy land of Tibet. The Potala Palace located in the capital of Tibet is a brilliant and complicated building complex that has never failed to impress visitors. The highlight of visiting the capital city of Beijing is the chance of seeing Forbidden City, the imperial palace of the Qing dynasty. At the height of the empire it symbolized the peak hours of Chinese feudal society. The government has spanned millions in restoring the palace to its former glory.

Business travelers

Business traveling is often confined to the capital city of Beijing and Shanghai. Business travelers to China, especially from such open societies as Western Europe and North America are amazed by the conservatism they see on visiting the country. It is important to understand that Chinese people have a very different concept of hierarchy and respect. The right gestures, body language and strictly no touching is inherent in the Chinese culture. Dress code for men is quite similar to what people wear in business circles but for woman flamboyance is a big no. giving and receiving gifts is very important in Chinese culture. If you want to make inroads with your Chinese business partner, make sure that you have a relevant gift in mind which would play a key role in ice breaking and forming lasting bonds. Chinese consider a pair of something as auspicious. Colors like white, black and blue are not considered good in Chinese culture, so avoid wrapping the gift in these colors. Colors are like Red, gold and silver are considered more welcoming.

China is the land of opportunity today. It won’t be an exaggeration to say that the day when it is going to replace US as the power hub is not far now. Familiarizing yourself with this land of new promise is a good idea.

Business travelling is often confined to the capital city of Beijing and Shanghai. Business travellers to China, especially from such open societies as Western Europe and North America are amazed by the conservatism they see on visiting the country. It is important to understand that Chinese people have a very different concept of hierarchy and respect. The right gestures, body language and strictly no touching is inherent in the Chinese culture. Dress code for men is quite similar to what people wear in business circles but for woman flamboyance is a big no. giving and receiving gifts is very important in Chinese culture. If you want to make inroads with your Chinese business partner, make sure that you have a relevant gift in mind which would play a key role in ice breaking and forming lasting bonds. Chinese consider a pair of something as auspicious. Colors like white, black and blue are not considered good in Chinese culture, so avoid wrapping the gift in these colors. Colors are like Red, gold and silver are considered more welcoming.

And most importantly have a nice trip!

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