The most common destinations for business trips in China are Shanghai and Beijing. Shanghai is the largest city in China and it is popularly known as a hub for transport, science, shipping, finance, and exhibition trade. Beijing the capital city of China and it is a hub for an educational, political, cultural, and scientific center. You are going to be in need of a visa if you are going on a trip to mainland China. The cost of business travel in China varies over a wide range based on numerous factors. Some of the things that you need to know during your business trip to China are listed below.
How to get a Business Visa?
You are going to get an F-type visa if you are going to China for business reasons. These visas are issued to tourists that are in China for business reasons like trade shows, lectures, internships, or a general technological, business, or cultural exchanges. The Visa is in a different form and you will need to decide the version of the Visa that you want to apply for. You can opt for single entry which is valid for 3-6 months, double entry is valid for 6 months or multiple entries which is valid for 6-12 months. The multiple entry F visas can be valid for 24 months but you will need additional documentation like a proof of your investments in China or collaboration with a Chinese company, and so on.
Overall Business Travel Costs for China
The average cost of an international business trip to China is put at $2600 per person by an expense management company, Certify. If you are ready to make economical choices during your travelling period, you are going to be able to save some money.
Business Travel Costs for China: Average Flight Cost
According to Certify, the average ticket price for a round-trip international flight to China is $1,217. Most of the flights in China fell below the average price but a few are higher than the average. Some of the best airlines with reasonable airfare that you can choose for a business trip to China are Air China, Delta, American, and EVA Air.
Ensuring a Successful Business Trip to China
Make sure you print out necessary documents before Departure.
It is best to print out your contact person’s name and address both in English and Chinese language in case the taxi driver does not speak English. Although many Chinese people learn English in their primary schools, it is best to do this so as to avoid misunderstanding.
Get a Chinese Cell-Phone Plan with your Phone Carrier
You may find international phone calls expensive and it is best if you can check with your phone plan carrier if they can make and receive calls while you are in China with the rates that they charge. Another thing that you can do is to buy a prepaid telephone card which is quite inexpensive and this will give you the opportunity to receive a call from anywhere in the world for just a small daily fee.
You should be ready for 24-hours per week workload
It is a common practice in China to receive business calls around 10 pm or 7 am during the weekends. It is believed that any time of the day is a working hour in China while some factories are even operating 24 hours so as to make a specific rush order. Even white-collar workers also stay overtime, you should make sure you are prepared for this kind of pace during your business trip to China.
Most people in China do not accept personal checks and also the local banks do not offer personal checks. Some large shopping malls can accept a credit card but it is best to bring cash with you that you can use for your day to day activities. If you want to pay a larger amount, you can do that through online banking.
Bring a translator
You may need a local to help you translate if you are going to do some transactions face to face. Most of the bank employees will understand sufficient English to help you while most of the larger cities, there should be an English speaker among the staff.
Schedule A Medical Check-Up Before Departure
It is best to do a medical-check-up 4-6 weeks before your trip to get medications and vaccinations that you may need. You can also avoid potential health hazard to you by avoiding the tap water, eating from street vendors, you should also avoid taking ice made with tap or well water.
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