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3 Reasons the Chinese New Year Celebration Affects Exports (and what you can do about it)


As we all know, Christmas and Thanksgiving in the U.S. can cause delays in business due to scheduled closures. But did you also plan for possible delays due to holidays observed in China? If you buy direct from China, you need to know exactly how these holidays affect Chinese exports....

Are you having a Happy Niu Year?


Happy Year of the Ox! Is your Niu Year off to a good start?  First off, a Chinese lesson! No, we haven’t forgotten how to spell… In Chinese, the character for Ox is 牛. This character is pronounced niú in Mandarin, which sounds similar to “new” in English. Thus, Happy...

The Year of the Pig


In the US, we celebrate the New Year on January 1st, with festivities on the eve of the new year. We all get together, throw parties, pour champagne, count down to midnight and take part in our own traditions. There are all kinds of traditionsthatmake us happy,bring good luck and...

First impression: Chinese foot massage


I had already spent a few days in Beijing before getting my first approach to Chinese medicine. It happened when I was walking through Wangfujin’s cold winter street with a friend who has been living for six years in this country. After an exhausting shopping afternoon, he told me: “Let’s...

First Impression Blog: Chinese Exercising


Anyone who has ever visited China has most likely been surprised in some way, either positive or negative.  This is not only due to the differences in culture, work ethics or the way of living, but mainly due to the fact that China evolved from a lot of traditions that...

Chinese Zodiac: Traditions and Myths


Legends and mythology are a big part of Chinese culture, especially in relation to the Chinese Zodiac (生肖 in Chinese). The 12 animals that appear on the Chinese Zodiac calendar include the rat, buffalo, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. It’s an unusual combination of...

Don’t Let the Chinese Holiday Schedule Take Your Production by Surprise


About the Holidays A major complaint and hurdle that foreign companies encounter with China manufacturing and China Sourcing is delays of final delivery dates. It is not unusual for a delivery to end up being made 2 weeks later than expected by the buyer. However, most of these delays are...

Keeping Healthy in China


“Keeping in good health”: though it can be practiced in a multitude of different ways in any number of countries, this generally refers to any practice with the long-term goal of prolonging one’s life. This can be performed through the enhancement of your physical state or direct prevention of disease....


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