14 July Networking 101...take two Networking has long been very significant in China but in the olden days it did not take such a social method like today. Nonetheless, whichever type of networking these days, it is still quite useful to those trying to create connections with similar peers and intellects. Networking in Chinese in known as “guanxi”, and refers to creating relationships or connections with others. This is one of the ways that propelled Chinese business people to be able to create connections valuable enough to help in business purposes. Actually, networking requires specific skills that become better sharpened with practice, this is why networking events revolve many times on our social calendar at Go Abroad China; we want our business internships in China program candidates to benefit from their Chinese experience not just at their work places but also socially too. ‘Guanxi’ or networking is used to create acquaintances and slowly build on relationships. The idea is that before you really understand somebody well, you need to slowly get to know them, build up some trust and learn what the other person is really about. This is why in traditional Chinese business proceedings, networking was a gradual process, it was nurtured and let to slowly build up into something solid and based on character and true professional merits. For this session of networking in Beijing, we further invited candidates in the intensive Mandarin course program, as well as those that volunteer in Beijing to come along and spend an afternoon meeting other expats in the city. This opportunity allowed for our participants to hear from the expats who have built up their lives in China and get valuable advice on how foreigners can make it in China. This was a session where information and experiences were exchanged and we trust that our participants saw how other internationals generally live in China!