“If you have a Monday-to-Friday, 9-to-5 kind of thinking, forget about doing business in China. We get phone calls on Saturday and Sunday, or six o’clock on Monday morning. It’s really 24 hours. We work hard and play hard.”
Mark Pummell (UK), Founder and CEO, ChinArt, Sinapse and Music Pavillion
“China is more of a civilization, than a country. You can’t be neutral about it; you either love it or hate it.”
Josep Giro (Spain), Co-founder and Managing Director, SBC & Associates
Even in China, and even for entrepreneurs, life cannot be all work and no play. Ultimately, success as an investor or manager in China requires creating a positive and sustainable life for yourself—and your family—outside of work.
In this chapter, we look at how foreign entrepreneurs have adjusted their lives, and the lives of their spouses and families, in order not just to work successfully, but also to live happily, in China. The chapter covers five main topics:
Since the 40 entrepreneurs profiled in this book hail from 25 different home countries or provinces outside mainland China, it is not surprising that their answers ...