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Nowadays the booming China represents
tremendous potential opportunities for North
American companies and agencies to seek
profitable possibilities. China has its broad diversity
culturally and ethically that is quite different from the
Western norm.

When you are traveling to China on business, there
are some crucial attentions you ”Need-to-Know”.
The following suggestions may give you some hints.

Keep your passport valid– Your passport is required
at least 6-month valid period after your visit

You need a business VISA – You should apply for a
VISAfrom the Chinese Consulate General Office in Toronto.Service charges are varied, associated with different types of VISA's (single-entry, multiple-entry). You may find details from the Consulate-General office:

____ Address: 240 St. George Street, Toronto, Ont.,
_____ M5R 2P4 Office hours: 9:00 – 12:00, 13:30 – 15:30,
_____ Monday to Friday (except holidays) Tel: 416-964-8861,
_____ Fax: 416-324-9010
_____ Website: http://toronto.china-consulate.org;
_____ http://toronto.chineseconsulate.org
_____ E-mail: chinaconsul_tor_ca@mfa.gov.cn

Note: If you travel from Mainland China to visit Hong Kong, and then back to Mainland, you should apply a multiple-entry VISA.

You need an invitation letter for your VISA application – In order to apply for a business VISA, you need an invitation letter from the Chinese government or business. Datton International could help you to acquire this letter.

No VISA needed for Canadians to Hong Kong – Canadians are not required to have a VISA for business travel to Hong Kong.

Prepare your medical belongings:

Carry the useful contact information – Keep your local tour guide’s phone number with you. When you leave the hotel by yourself, ask the front desk for a hotel card or brochure.

Canadian Embassy and Consulate Generals offices in China are listed below:

_____Beijing: Canadian Embassy, 19 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Chao Yang District, Beijing, PRC, _____Zip: 100600; Tel: (86-10) 6532-3536

_____Shanghai: Canadian Consulate General Shanghai, 604, West Tower, 1376 Nanjing Road _____(West), Shanghai, PRC, Zip: 200040; Tel (86-21) 6279-8400

_____Chongqing: Canadian Consulate – Chongqing, Suite 1705, Metropolitan Tower, Wu Yi Lu, _____Yu Zhong District, Chongqing, PRC, Zip: 400010; Tel: (86-23) 6373-8007

_____Guangzhou: Canadian Consulate – Guangzhou, Suite 801, China Hotel Office Tower, Liu _____Hua Lu, Guangzhou, PRC Zip: 510015; Tel: (86-20) 8666-0569

_____Hong Kong: The Consulate General of Canada- Hong Kong, 11th-14th Floors, Tower One, _____Exchange Square, 8 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong, China, G.P.O. Box 11142; Tel: _____(011 852) 2810-4321

Be aware to baggage regulation difference (per passenger) – Make sure you pay excess cost for your non-standard baggage, or you are not allowed to go through the security checkpoint

* Air Canada has reduced baggage allowance to 23kg (50lb) per luggage to/from China the ticket purchased since April 16, 2006.      

Prepare some gifts – you may present some small gifts (e.g. handcraft, souvenir) after the meeting with Chinese companies to show your friendliness. Gifts are suggested to be not expensive, since any precious gift may cause sensitive problems like bribery attempt against official policy of Chinese business culture.

 Don’t travel alone without previous experience in China:

Get cultured in Chinese business environment, for example:

Frequent trips to build trustworthy relationship – Personal contact are essential in Chinese business environment. You may take several trips back to China to fasten your tie to the clients or vendors to finally make the deal. Since the credit worthiness is built, your opportunities will be unlimited.

Check the climate reports ahead of your trip – Weather could be extremely different when you are travelling from south to north China, and the temperatures can range from sub zero to above 30 degrees. So get the right information and prepare the proper seasonal clothing.

Prepare some Chinese Yuan – Chinese currency is known as Renminbi (RMB). In most cities, you can exchange foreign currency at the local banks or at hotel, but the rate in banks is slightly higher than hotels.  In many places, only cash is accepted.







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