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CultureShock! Beijing

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Home to more than 100,000 foreigners, it is no surprise that the city has been spawning modern buildings to accommodate the increasing economic activity. Go on a historical tour to uncover the traditional values and customs of the Beijing people and understand who they really are. CultureShock! Beijing is the essential guide that will help anyone overcome the cultural barriers and fully settle into this Chinese city as it takes a bumpy journey towards modernisation.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. About the Series
  5. Contents
  6. Foreword
  7. Acknowledgements
  8. Map of China
  9. Map of Beijing
  10. Chapter 1 Welcome to Beijing
  11. Chapter 2 The City and its History
    1. Beijing: ‘Centre’ of China
    2. Historical Tour of Beijing
    3. Foreigners in Beijing
    4. Philosophy and Religion
    5. Navigating Beijing
    6. Districts of Beijing
    7. Seasons and Weather
  12. Chapter 3 Beijingers
    1. Profile of Beijingers
    2. Cultural Patterns
    3. Values
    4. Traditions
  13. Chapter 4 Socialising with Locals
    1. Making Good Impressions
    2. Personal Issues
    3. Joys and Challenges
  14. Chapter 5 Preparation and Adjustment
    1. Visas
    2. Housing Options
    3. Selecting an Agent
    4. Selecting a Residence
    5. Telephones
    6. Internet
    7. Utilities
    8. Preparing and Packing
    9. Personal Finances
    10. Local Finances
    11. Settling In
    12. Communicating with Home
    13. Resolving Housing Issues
    14. Getting Around Beijing
    15. Safety and Security
    16. Children
    17. Staying Healthy
    18. Shopping
  15. Chapter 6 The Chinese Dining Experience
    1. Sharing Meals
    2. Dining Out
    3. Ordering Food
    4. Dining Etiquette
    5. Paying the Bill
    6. Choosing Restaurants
  16. Chapter 7 Enjoying Local Culture
    1. Festivals and Holidays
    2. Insider’s List
    3. Museums
    4. Nightlife
    5. Performance Arts
  17. Chapter 8 The Chinese Language
    1. Spoken and Written Forms
    2. Introduction to Mandarin
    3. Learning Mandarin
    4. Chinese Names
    5. Forms of Address
    6. Body Language
  18. Chapter 9 Working in Beijing
    1. Making the Decision
    2. Starting Out
    3. Exchanging Business Cards
    4. Attending Banquets
    5. Hosting Banquets
    6. Dealing with Bureaucracy
    7. Local Employees
    8. Confidentiality and Privacy
  19. Chapter 10 Beijing at a Glance
  20. Culture Quiz
  21. Do’s and Don’ts
  22. Glossary
  23. Resource Guide
  24. Further Reading
  25. About the Authors
  26. Index