How to Approach Individual Income Tax Returns as a Foreigner in China

How to Approach Individual Income Tax Returns as a Foreigner in China

Guest article by Thibaud Andre   The system of tax in China can be complex to navigate, especially when you’re a foreigner. How much do you have to pay? Is it the same if you’re working for a China-based company or for a company located abroad? These are questions which...
Strategies for Actively Engaging Modern Chinese Tourism

Strategies for Actively Engaging Modern Chinese Tourism

Featured article from Digital Jungle   A booming economy and expanding middle class with newly disposable income has made China the number one most sought after outbound tourism market in the world. Nearly 100 million tourists from mainland China went abroad in 2013 and set a new record with total...
How to Successfully Choose a Chinese Brand Name for Your Western Company

How to Successfully Choose a Chinese Brand Name for Your Western Company

. Article by Aaron Posehn . After working hard to build a profitable company at home, you may now be wondering if it would be viable to extend your product lines into new and foreign markets. Although you could try selling it anywhere in the world that makes sense to...
Live Music in China and the Importance of Giving Face

Live Music in China and the Importance of Giving Face

  Photo credit: Andy Best, Kungfuology Guest article by Michael Hurwitz China is home to an increasingly diverse array of foreign nationals. As it began opening up to the world in the 1970’s and 1980’s, business executives, students, and technical specialists were generally the only types of foreigners to be...
Chinese Students Turn to Social Media When Selecting Foreign Universities

Chinese Students Turn to Social Media When Selecting Foreign Universities

Featured article from Digital Jungle   University recruiters must make their presence known in the busy lives of Chinese high school students and one good way to do this is through social media marketing. The potential of this medium is endless as it can reach users anywhere and at any...
Traditional Chinese Medicine: A Profitable Worldwide Trend

Traditional Chinese Medicine: A Profitable Worldwide Trend

Guest post by Thibaud Andre Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is a wide range of treatment developed in ancient China and favors natural aspects of medicine with herbal therapy, acupuncture, certain exercise training (气功), and massage (推拿). Extremely popular in China today, TCM is still a new field in many Western...
Master Chinese for Business by Only Learning What You Need to Know

Master Chinese for Business by Only Learning What You Need to Know

Guest post by Adam Menon   We’ve all heard that Chinese is one of the most difficult languages to learn. Many Westerners spend years living in Chinese-speaking communities without being able to pick up any more than a few basic phrases. And who can blame them when you look at...
Air purifier options and sales boom amid China's pollution

Air purifier options and sales boom amid China’s pollution

By Aaron Posehn If you currently live in China, and especially in one of its larger cities like Beijing or Shanghai, you are surely well-acquainted with the recent wave of pollution that eerily envelopes the tallest of buildings, often making it difficult to see even a kilometer in the distance....
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Shopping for Items at Chinese Online Marketplaces: Is It Safe?

Guest article by Courtney Gordner   It’s hard to keep your eyes from getting as big as saucers when you first get a glimpse of the discount prices on some consumer items in China, which range from tablets, to jewelry, to the latest fashions. Many of these can also be found on Chinese shopping sites...

The Crisis of Confidence in the Chinese Food Industry Benefits Recognizable Foreign Brands

Guest article by Matthew J. Van Den Hooven and Ji Ran   The baby milk (melamine) scandal happened in 2008 in China and took four infants lives. It injured over fifty thousand more infants who may continue to suffer the effects of this poison milk for the rest of their lives. A series of actions...
Thinking on a Global Level: Business Globalization in the U.S. & China

Thinking on a Global Level: Business Globalization in the U.S. & China

Guest post by Ivan Serrano   With so many businesses pushing the digital side of their strategies, globalization is rapidly becoming less of a goal to reach toward and more of a necessity for survival. It’s easy for us to consider the ramifications and challenges that are part of globalizing from an American point of...
Interview: JX Paulin, 20 Years of Success in China

Interview: JX Paulin, 20 Years of Success in China

In this article, Thibaud Andre, a French consultant in Shanghai, sits down with JX Paulin, founder of DBX International, to discuss some of his experiences and successes doing business during the last 20 years in China and into the future with an eye on Africa. - Andre: Mr. Paulin, in a few months you will...
Using Holidays and Festivals to Market to Chinese Consumers

Using Holidays and Festivals to Market to Chinese Consumers

By Courtney Gordner American businesses are quite familiar with the benefits of using holidays to their advantage in order to draw customers to their establishments. Some holidays are practically treated as demanding individuals go out and shop. And for major holidays, you’d be challenged to go into stores and not see color themed items readily...
Wheels Within Wheels: Navigating Complex Motivations in Chinese Business

Wheels Within Wheels: Navigating Complex Motivations in Chinese Business

By Ward Chartier The purpose of this true story is to describe how nothing is what it seems to be in many situations in China.  The story is also a caution about the need to be constantly aware of thinking and actions occurring on several levels simultaneously. Confucian principles are an indelible part of the...

What Happens When Your Chinese Employees “Lose Face”?

Guest post by Courtney Gordner No one likes to be embarrassed. We empathize with the feeling of embarrassment greatly, causing second-hand embarrassment to flourish in American society. Individuals will extend the emotion towards others, even when we ourselves are in no danger of suffering humiliation. There are certain actions you make have taken to help...
From Budweiser to Tommy Hilfiger: Digital Chinese New Year Campaigns

From Budweiser to Tommy Hilfiger: Digital Chinese New Year Campaigns

Featured article from Digital Jungle The Year of the Horse is just around the corner and following is a round-up of some of the best digital Chinese New Year campaigns. The Year of the Snake is slithering away and people all across China are making New Year’s resolutions while filling hongbao envelopes and preparing family meals....

What We Can Learn From Apple’s Approach to the Chinese Market

Guest post by Courtney Gordner Never let it be said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. At least the saying can be put to rest when referring to Apple. The company has been trying to break into the notoriously guarded and fickle Chinese market and it looks like they may be pulling it...
Digital Jungle: Establishing the Digital Presence of Western Brands in China

Digital Jungle: Establishing the Digital Presence of Western Brands in China

A Beijing-based entrepreneur talks about how his digital marketing agency links Western companies to Chinese consumers. By Aaron Posehn In this article, I sit down with Dr. Mathew McDougall, the founder and CEO of Digital Jungle, a Beijing-based digital marketing agency that helps to establish Western brands looking for a place in the Chinese market....
LCB's Top 10 Most-Read Articles of 2013

LCB’s Top 10 Most-Read Articles of 2013

Last year was a great one for the Learn Chinese Business blog and its contributors.  We are all really thrilled to have garnered so much interest from dedicated readers and fans.  Listed in reverse order, here are the articles that were written in 2013 which received the greatest number of page views online:   10.) Toujuwang...

Marketing Products to Chinese Consumers

Guest post by Courtney Gordner Households around the world have certain basic needs in common. They need food, shelter and a sense of security. They often enjoy common bonds with those closest to them who share that household. However, there are also certain differences that arise based on culture and experiences. This is why when...