CHAPTER 12

Daily Life

Like Dorothy in Oz, the traveler in China quickly realizes they aren’t in Kansas anymore. The language is incomprehensible, and the sights, sounds, tastes, and (especially) the smells are all new and exotic. It can be exciting, exhilarating, and overwhelming all at the same time. While most of this book has focused on the functions of the foreign firm in China, this final chapter focuses on a number of important topics related to the daily life of a foreigner trying to survive in China.

Workplace

The workday at Chinese companies is typically 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and employees are often expected to attend a number of after-hours events, especially dinners. Large companies tend to have auspicious airy offices with many people ...

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