Doing business in China is always a new and novel experience. With our start up in the mobile advertising industry, each day is a wonderful day to fend off greedy local businessmen, short minded upper management, and stubborn government officials. A few of my favorite expenses that some of our local partners are “attempting” to bill us for (English translation lifted from expense sheet):
1) Invited the government superior leader having diner in Beijing Hotel, in order to get some help from the project: 15700 RMB/$2121
2) Sending a Dunhill bag to the leader of company in order to get some information. 8645 RMB/$1168
3) Meeting with the general manager, send him a jade carving that commemorates for Olympic. 86000 RMB/$11621
4) Sending a Patek Philippe watch to the government superior leader 130,000 RMB/$17,560
5) Spending lots of money on bad taste : Priceless
A jade carving for $11,621??! I can understand a Dunhill bag, or a Patek Philippe (Couldn't you use a Casio?), but a bloody ugly green, carved jade statue? Fountain? Olympic rings? Couldn’t they have just bought a slightly cheaper, $10,000 golden cat, with a right paw that moves up and down…...