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We recommend a three-stage process for your Chinese market visit.

Preparation

  • Learn the regulations and market sector.
  • Produce business cards and literature in Chinese.
  • Research prospective business partners.
  • Apply for a Chinese visa.
  • Prepare some small corporate gifts ahead of your first meeting, to add a personal touch and help build relationships.

In-market

  • Ask for your hotel’s business card with the contact details in Chinese and English, and carry it with you.
  • Work with your interpreters.
  • Enjoy banquets – but beware of Baijiu, a strong drink!
  • Agree follow-up steps and points of contact with your Chinese counterparts.

Post visit

  • Take follow-up action quickly before relationships go cold.
  • Learn about your selected partner’s business background and credit status.
  • Send a thank-you letter to keep you in the frame, even if you are not in a position to do business yet.
  • Plan your next visit to China or your contact's return visit to the UK. Frequent personal meetings are the key to a strong relationship.
  • Remember that in China, the signing of a contract is only the start of a continuous cultivation and negotiation.