June 09, 2014

Let’s Eat! 7 Tips for Dining in China

Attending a Chinese dinner is both exciting and daunting. You may be looking forward to the food, but what etiquette should you use? Just like there are customs in the West (how to properly hold a fork and knife, and how to pass the salt and pepper with class), the same is true in China. […]

June 04, 2014

Pandas, Pandas Everywhere!

What animal do you associate with China? Officially, it’s the dragon, but more and more pandas are taking over. China has relied on the pandas for everything from branding at the 2008 Olympics to international diplomacy.  These bamboo-loving bears have won the hearts of the Chinese and the world. Native to China’s southwest, pandas (大熊猫, […]

May 28, 2014

To Gift or Not to Gift? 5 Tips on Corporate Gift-Giving in China

{Corporate gift basket filled with Chinese specialties, c/o} Chinaful has covered the do’s and don’ts of Chinese holiday gift-giving, for Chinese New Year and Mid-Autumn Festival. In China, gifts aren’t just for holidays. It’s much more common for business associates to exchange tokens as a sign of the relationship they have and hope to […]

May 20, 2014

SinoSaying: Now or Never

{Tibetan man spinning Buddhist prayer wheels} My SinoSaying is: 机不可失,时不再来 (jī bù kě shī, shí bú zài lái.)  Translated, this means: “An opportunity missed will not come again.” I first learned this saying: I read proverbs often when looking for inspiration, for a speech, an article, or just my own life.  This one stood out–it’s a warning, […]

April 30, 2014

Online Tomb Sweeping Modernizes Chinese Tradition

Every April, Chinese families pay homage to their ancestors on Tomb Sweeping Day, (Qing Ming Jie, 清明节), cleaning the graves and making offerings to family members that have passed away. In years past, this tradition required a short trip to the grave site for families, often only a walk or short ride away. Now, more […]