Beijing is the capital of the People’s Republic of China and one of the most populated cities in the world. Considered to be one of the six ancient cities in China, Beijing is full of intriguing history and rich culture that makes China a unique and interesting place to conduct business.
Beijing Capital International Airport is the main airport serving Beijing and the most likely place you will land. The arrival will be fairly smooth as the airport is very modern and efficient. There may be a wait at immigration if you are not Chinese, but once you get to the service desk, things should carry on without a hitch as long as you have the proper documentation.
The most practical way to get to your final destination or hotel is a taxi. The taxi driver will not likely speak English or any other foreign language; for this reason you should have the hotel or place you are trying to get to go, written in Chinese. This way the language barrier will not prohibit you from getting where you need to be. One thing to keep in mind when catching a taxi in Beijing is to get your taxi from a stand outside and require the driver to use the meter. There are some taxi scams at the airport, so just be careful, and if anything seems suspicious, just wait on another taxi.
Visa and Passport
To enter China you will need a valid passport that doesn’t expire during your stay in Beijing. If your business visit is 30 days or less, you will likely not need a visa. However, if you plan on traveling to other areas in China, you will need a visa. The best thing to do is to contact the embassy for the most current visa requirements.
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Money and Exchange Rates in Beijing
When traveling to Beijing you will need to exchange your currency for the Yuan Renminbi or Chinese Yuan. It’s important to note that some areas within China have a different currency and you mayneed to exchange money again if visiting outside of Beijing. For example, Hong Kong uses the Hong Kong Dollar and not the Chinese Yuan.
Your currency can be easily traded for the Chinese Yuan at foreign exchange facilities. These typically can be found at the airport, banks, and hotels. Also consider traveling with at least two different major credit cards like Visa and MasterCard, as they’ll be accepted as most hotels and restaurants.
You can use popular websites like Yahoo’s Currencies Center to get the correct conversion rates for Beijing.
Doing Business in Beijing
Most people conducting business in Beijing will stay in the Central Business District (CBD) or the financial district, but the CBD is more common due to the location and many hotel options. The CBD is close to the embassy and is just generally a good area for business travelers.
Conducting business in Beijing or anywhere in China is just as much about respect as business. When at a meeting, try to be respectful as possible with your verbal communication and physical gestures. For example, when you are given a business card, accept it with two hands, review it (not skim) and give your business card in exchange. In your meeting there will likely be an interpreter, even if the business people you are dealing with can speak English. However, it is recommended that you not rely on the interpreter provided and bring your own, especially if dealing with things like contract particulars.
In Beijing, the dress is usually smart business casual, but it’s always recommend you overdress if you are not sure exactly what the dress code is and what is expected of you.
Another thing to consider is that, usually, the real business usually gets done over a meal. Sometimes the regular meetings are just a formality (and nothing gets done) until you get to a restaurant where your host will lead the discussion.
Things to Do in Beijing
Taking a business trip to Beijing is a great opportunity to see some of the world’s most cultured and historic places. If you have some down time, here are a few things to check out:
The great wall is an iconic landmark and one of the greatest wonders of the world. It stretches from Shanhaiguan in the east, to Lop Lake in the west and winds up and down the mountains and grasslands for over 5,500 miles.
The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace and is now under charge of the PalaceMuseum. The Forbidden City is oneofthe most visited places in Beijing andepitomizes the history and culture of China.
In 2008 Beijinghosted the Summer Olympic Games. Visit all the Olympic sites and see where Michael Phelps made history, winning 8 gold medals, and where Usain Bolt broke the world record, winning gold for both the 100-and 200-meter dash.
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