Dress codes vary slightly according to the size of company and industry sector. It is probably safest to err on the side of caution and wear standard, smart business attire.

Men can wear dark suits, shirts and ties and women will not feel out of place in conservative business suits (although trousers tend only to be worn on informal occasions.) It is very important to be well dressed and designer labels are impressive. Anybody who is successful would want to appear successful!

Bear in mind that it can be very hot and humid in the summer and that typhoons are common. Ensure that you have the relevant weight and type of clothing to meet the climatic conditions you will encounter.

A brief overview of some key concepts to consider when doing business in Hong Kong

Written and Produced by Keith Warburton

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Overview

This country profile has been produced to give a short overview of some of the key concepts to bear in mind when doing business with contacts in Hong Kong. It is intended to be an aid to business people who have commercial dealings with counterparties in the country but should not be seen as an exhaustive guide to this topic or as a substitute for more substantial research should there be a need.

With this in mind, we have covered the areas which are key to a better understanding of the cultural mindset underpinning business dealings in Hong Kong and which are, quite often, extremely different from the approach and thought processes associated with business in other parts of the world.

Therefore this briefing note is broken into short, bite-sized sections on the following topics:

  • Background to business
  • Business Structures
  • Management style
  • Meetings
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Women in business
  • Entertaining
  • Top tips