DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that Chinese people are so particular with the way you exchange business cards? It is no surprise that they attach a value to such cards because it originated in China back in the 15th century. The primary purpose of these cards is to inform someone about a meeting. So much effort was put into making these because they were usually decorated with calligraphy with the sender’s name and title. Interestingly, Chinese people, especially businessmen, always take into consideration your effort to print a dual-sided Chinese business card with simplified Chinese on one side and an English version on the other because for them it is a great manifestation of respect towards their culture.
Although nodding or bowing is the traditional way of greeting in China, shake hands has become more popular among them. However, the Chinese are not so much into touching strangers so be cautious not to touch, hug, or make anybody contacts as this may result in an unclosed business transaction. Usually, exchanging of business cards are done upon the initial meet up—this is the moment the way of exchanging becomes essential. You should hold the card with both hands and make sure that the card is neat, no dog-ears corners and ensure that you are holding it Chinese side-up, facing your contact so he can read it.