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3 Main Disadvantages of Doing Business in China

The 3 main disadvantages are:

-The understanding of the language English: As you know, the business language is English. What happens, is that they have learnt the language as a text book. That is, they will be very good in writing and reading but their “listening” will be quite poor.

Note that there are many and each day more and more exceptions to the above, specially with the enormous amounts of Chinese students who study abroad and then come back to their country to do business.

Due to the above you got to understand NOT TO USE COMPLICATED WORDS. Try and speak simple English and you will avoid many of the disadvantages of doing business in china, which mostly arise due to communication issues.

-The meaning of a life time customer: The Chinese have a very short-term mentality due to mostly cultural, and historical factors. Due to this they don’t see the business relationship as long term. No matter how much you tell them, and no matter how much they speak about it, they believe that the customer will sooner or later go to someone else. It is like if they don’t really care since they know that if you don’t buy or invest, somebody else will.

Of course there are exceptions to the rule, and I suggest that when you do find a long-term mentality supplier or partner, stick to him, he will save you a lot of time, effort and money.

You should hence, realise the fact that you need to always have a range of potential suppliers and “friends” to turn to in case the service you receive does go down. Many foreigners just believe that they hit the jackpot once they do one deal and they just sit back and expect a level of service like they receive in their country without realising that the supplier will in most cases look first at the money he is going to make in that deal rather than during the duration of the relationship.

-The meaning of quality: I love this word. It is the most used word in china apart from “yes, no and sorry”. Everything seems to be of such a high quality in china, that the word itself has lost its meaning. As Timothy Ferris says in his book “the four hour workweek”, the more you use a word, the more it looses its meaning.

For china quality means “that it looks the same”. I stress the words IT LOOKS. Their way of seeing reality is different and you cant blame them. They don’t know how to create things ( contrary to the japanese), they only know how to best copy it so it LOOKS the same.

Due to the above, it is a normal disadvantage in doing business in china the fact that you got to stress and stress over and over again the fact that you don’t want it to look the same, but rather that you WANT IT THE SAME. This means inside,outside, the raw materials used, the finishing, the strength, etc,etc,etc.

I hope this short outline was helpful as a start to you success in doing business in China.

Best to you, Manoj Shivnani, http://www.FreeChinaAdvice.com

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Old Summer Palace

The Old Summer Palace (yuan ming yuan, the Perfection and Brightness Garden) was a palace in Beijing, China.

It was destroyed on October 18-19, 1860 by French and British troops during the second Opium War.

The Summer Palace was also ransacked, but was later rebuilt by Empress Dowager Cixi. The Old Summer Palace was never rebuilt.

A partial copy of the palace was built recently in the southern city of Zhuhai, in Guangdong province.

Karakorum Highway

The Karakorum highway (KKH) is a road in northern Pakistan that links Islamabad with Kashgar, China over the Khunjerab Pass. It was built through some highly mountainous terrain between 1966 and 1982 (opened in 1986) by the Pakistani government with much Chinese assistance at a high human cost as well as financial ($3 bn), an estimated 25,000 worked and 1,300 died during construction (882 official). It is over 1,250 km in length and despite constant efforts the harsh climate, snow and regular landslides often interrupt travel.

In recent years, it has become something of a destination for adventure travel.

Rock art and petroglyphs are found all along the road.

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China can be visited through out the year because of the stretch of its territories and sites and activities it can offer. Deciding when to visit China depends on which places you wish to visit, what type of weather you enjoy, and how much a bargain you want. China is a huge country with many different climates and types of landscape. Think of it in terms of the United States, which China resembles in size and shape. Traveling along the Golden Route (Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Guilin) is like visiting New York, Chicago, Santa Fe, and Jacksonville, Florida all in one trip.

April, May, September and October are the peak tourist months at China

Summer Palace

The Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) is a palace in Beijing, China.

The initial construction of the Summer Palace began in 1750. Artisans reproduced the garden architecture styles of various palaces in China.

It was ransacked, together with the Old Summer Palace in 1860 by French and British troops during the second Opium War. In 1888, Empress Dowager Cixi diverted 30 million taels of silver, said to be originally designated for the Chinese navy, into the reconstruction and enlargement of the Summer Palace.

The Summer Palace has been listed by the UNESCO as one of the World Heritage Sites.

Mogao Caves

The Mogao Caves form a system of 492 caves near Dunhuang, in Gansu province, China.

The caves, also known as the Mogao Grottoes, are located near the historic junction of the northern and southern Silk Roads. From the fourth until the fourteenth century, Buddhist monks at Dunhuang collected scriptures from the west, and many pilgrims passed through the area, painting murals inside the caves. The murals cover 450,000 square feet. The caves were abandoned in the fourteenth century.

The Mogao Caves are the best known of the Chinese Buddhist grottoes, but are not the only ones.

Buddhist monks valued austerity in life, and they hoped that remote caves would aid their quest for enlightenment. The paintings served as aids to meditation, as visual representations of their quest for enlightenment, and as tools to inform illiterate Chinese about Buddhist beliefs and stories.

Today, the site is an important tourist attraction and the subject of an ongoing archaeological project.

The Mogao Caves became one of the World Heritage Sites in 1987.

Mausoleum of Genghis Khan

Located upstream of a river, the Mausoleum of Genghis Khan is in Kandehuo Enclosure, Xinjie Township, Ejen Khoroo Banner, Yeke Juu League, Inner Mongolia, the People’s Republic of China. It is a cenotaph, the coffins contains no body, only headdresses, and accessories. The real burial place of the Khan has not been discovered.

History
The coffin had been circulating between several temples between Gansu and Qinghai. Since then, the portable mausoleum called naiman chaghaan ger (eight white houses) enshrined him. Those who served to the mausolem was called the Ordus (lit. palaces) and the title of their leader was Jinong. The Ordus lived on the Kerulen river but later moved to what is now called Ordos.
In 1942 Kanagawa Kosaku, a colonel of the Imperial Japanese Army, founded a non-portable mausoleum of Genghis Khan in Ulaan Khoto. He tried to arouse nationalistic sentiment among the Mongols. It was destroyed in the Cultural Revolution, but rebuilt later.

Another mausoleum, the topic of this article, was constructed by the PRC in between 1954-1956 under the ideology of “Chinese nation”. i.e. The Mongols are part of the Chinese nation and Genghis Khan is a hero of China. In contrast, the PRC represses Pan-Mongolism. It was also destroyed with valuable treasures in the Cultural Revolution, but rebuilt later.

Architecture
The Mausoleum is in a rectangular (15

Potala Palace

The Potala Palace, located in Lhasa, Tibet, was the chief residence of the Dalai Lama until the 14th Dalai Lama fled to Dharamsala after a failed uprising in 1959. It is now a popular tourist attraction and an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Built on the side of Potala Hill, Potala Palace, with its vast inward-sloping walls broken only in the upper parts by straight rows of many windows, and its flat roofs at various levels is not unlike a fortress in appearance. At the south base of the rock is a large space enclosed by walls and gates, with great porticues on the inner side. A series of tolerably easy staircases, broken by intervals of gentle ascent, leads to the summit of the rock. The whole width of this is occupied by the palace.

The central part of this group of buildings rises in a vast quadrangular mass above its satellites to a great height, terminating in gilt canopies similar to those on the Jokhang. Tins central meniber of Potala is called the red palace from its crimson color, which distinguishes it from the rest. It contains the principal halls and chapels and shrines of past Dalai Lamas. There is in these much rich decorative painting, with jewelled work, carving and other ornament.