It is important to know that gifts are a major part of the Chinese culture.For example, the Chinese would much rather reciprocate a gift with another gift than to send a ‘thank you’ card.
Sometimes, as with very new relationships, it is difficult to know whether a gift is warranted.
Other times, we are explicitly told that "no gift is necessary".
Adapted from material compiled by Window on the World, a cross-cultural training and consulting firm.
Originally based on material contained in the "Put Your Best Foot Forward" series of books by Mary Murray Bosrock.
The People Hong Kong is very sophisticated and cosmopolitan, blending the cultures of Asia and Europe.
Its people are highly educated, very motivated and westernized. At this time of year (and during birthdays, Valentine's day, etc.) it can be particularly difficult to exchange gifts with boyfriends, girlfriends, spouses, partners, and special friends. Below are some guidelines that I use to structure gift-giving with the ones I love. Finding the right present is about putting yourself in the other person's shoes. Just because you find that fuzzy hat attractive, doesn't mean your spouse or lover will like it. What will keep you in their good graces..out of the doghouse?Remember, proper dating etiquette is going to depend a lot on the age, gender and cultural awareness of your date.Avoid doing anything that draws public attention to your date: Japanese culture emphasizes modesty and blending in.The business climate in Hong Kong is "wide open," with a free market and limited government involvement.