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Chinese Holidays in 2019

Chinese Holidays in 2019

Now that the Western holiday season is over, it is a perfect moment to inform you about when the Chinese public holidays in 2019 are, and the reasons behind them. During public holidays in China everyone has time off and most offices will be closed. It is important to...

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Christmas in China: 4 Unique Traditions

Christmas in China: 4 Unique Traditions

The Western holiday of Christmas is increasingly celebrated in China. Especially in the big cities, Santa is on the rise. Christmas in China shares many values with the Western celebration of Christmas. In the Chinese streets you will find Christmas trees, Santa...

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Singles Day 2018: What did you buy?

Singles Day 2018: What did you buy?

The day after November 11th, there was one hot discussion topic in the 1421 office in the morning. Everyone had one question for each other: what did you buy yesterday? To people in the western world this may seem strange, however in China this is normal. November...

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Recommended books about China

Recommended books about China

Many books have been written about China, its culture and its ways of doing business. The nation with the world’s largest population has a very different culture than we are used to in the West. It is important to be aware of China’s long history and the small but...

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Benelux Companies in South China Compared with the Rest

Benelux Companies in South China Compared with the Rest

Moore Stephens Consulting, our partner in Shanghai, performs the Sino Benelux Business Survey every year. This year the survey was done in collaboration with the Benelux Chamber of Commerce, the embassy of the kingdom of Belgium, the embassy of the kingdom of the...

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Rising opportunities in Chinese Tier 2 cities

Rising opportunities in Chinese Tier 2 cities

Since the economic reforms introduced in 1978, the Chinese economy has shown an impressive rate of growth. After Deng Xiaoping replaced Mao Zedong as the paramount leader, he broke with communist and socialist principles and enacted policies that meant certain people...

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What happened in the year 1421?

From 1421 to 1423, during the Ming Dynasty of China under Emperor Zhu Di (朱棣) the fleets of Admiral Zheng He (鄭和), commanded by the Chinese captains, discovered Australia, New Zealand, the Americas, Antarctica, the Northeast Passage; and circumnavigated Greenland.

Due to this endeavour we can conclude that “1421 is the year that the Chinese discover the world”.