Living In China
How to Feel at Home, Make Friends, and Enjoy Everyday Life: A Brief Introduction to the Culture for Visitors, Students, and Business Travelers
by Lin Wang and Xiaohua Wei
$8.50

ISBN 10: 0-86647-267-3;
13: 978-0-86647-267-8



 

Living In China - Contents

A Note on Pinyin ix
Introduction xi

1. First Steps 1
1.1 Money Issues 1
1.2 Tips 3
1.3 Bargaining 3
1.4 Getting Help from Your Chinese Friends 4
1.5 Eating in China 4
1.6 What do Chinese Eat? 5
1.7 Where to Eat? 5
1.8 Chinese Food in the U. S. 5
1.9 Eating Customs and Cultural Differences 6
1.10 Chinese Cuisine 6
1.11 Names of the Dishes 8
1.12 Driving 11
1.13 Air Travel 12
1.14 Traveling by Train/Bus 12
1.15 Hotels 13
1.16 Traveling by Bicycle 15
1.17 Health and Medical Care 15
1.18 Communication: Mail, Telephones, Email 17
1.19 Electricity 19
1.20 U.S Embassy and Consulates in China 20
1.21 Weights and Measurements Conversion 21

2. Culture, Philosophical Concepts and Manners 22
2.1 Philosophical Basis of Chinese Culture 22
2.2 Chinese Manners 25
2.3 Common Ways of Greeting 27
2.4 Responding to Compliments 28
2.5 Common Ways of Expressing Gratitude; Replies to Gratitude 28
2.6 Smiling Apology 28
2.7 Taking Pictures with Your Chinese Friends 29
2.8 Gift Giving 29
2.9 Taboos in Gift-giving 30
2.10 Culture Bumps 30

3. Country Facts 36
3.1 Geography and Climate 36
3.2 Population, Religions, and Holidays 40
3.3 Administrative Divisions and Major Cities 47
3.4 Government 47
3.5 Educational System 49
3.6 Economy 53
3.7 Chinese History 55

4. Doing Business in China 59
4.1 Establishing Business Relations 59
4.2 Business Negotiation 59
4.3 Eye Contact and Body Language 61
4.4 Business Social Customs 61

5. Applying for a Job in China 62
5.1 Getting Ready to Apply 62
5.2 Deciding Where to Work 62
5.3 Deciding What to Do 63
5.4 How to Apply 63
5.5 Tips for Those Going to China 64
5.6 Additional Tips 65
5.7 Job Offer and Contract 66
5.8 Getting the Right Visas to Enter China 66
5.9 Obtaining a Visa to
Enter Hong Kong Special Administration 67

6. Chinese Language 68
6.1 Mandarin Chinese 68
6.2 Pictographic Chinese Characters 69
6.3 Survival Chinese 69

7. Other Resources, Useful Websites and Books 74

Appendix A: U. S. and Canadian Embassy
and Consulate Addresses 76
Appendix B: Administrative Divisions and Major Cities 79
Appendix C: Chronology of Chinese History 82



 




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