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General facts

Population:1.35 billion

Capital: Beijing

Official Language: Mandarin (Simplified)

Currency: Chinese Renmibi

Religions:Confucianism, Taoism & Buddhism

Motto: Gai ge kai fang (‘Reform and open up’)

National Anthem: Yìyǒngjūn Jìnxíngqǔ (‘March of the Volunteers’)

 

Interesting Facts

  • China is officially known as the People’s Republic of China.
  • The summit of Mount Everest marks the border between China and Nepal.
  • Only 47% of the country’s population live in urban areas.
  • The Great Wall of China is the largest man-made structure in the world, stretching for 8,850km.
  • The Giant Panda is found around China’s Yangtze River (the fourth longest river in the world).
  • China hosted the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing.
  • Each calendar year is represented by a different animal.

Tips for doing business in China

  • It is courteous to have your business cards translated into Chinese and have one side in English and the other in Chinese. You would also be expected to have any PowerPoint presentations or handouts translated into Chinese.
  • Arrive to meetings early as they will almost always start exactly on time.
  • When exchanging business cards, you should hand over your business card with both hands with the Chinese side facing up.

More obscurely, did you know... 

  • 100 million people in China live off less than US $1 per day!
  • Fortune cookies were actually invented in San Francisco!
  • 45 billion chopsticks are used in China each year!