China’s President Xi Jinping has called for an end to excessive holiday gifting in business and government, calling it an “unhealthy tendency.” In recent years luxury mooncake packages containing, for example, Champagne or vouchers for luxury items have been gifted as a means of “securing relationships.” This scale of gifting, we have been told by the official Chinese media, is a display of “incorrect values.”
But what should you do if you are still ascending the ladder and need to gain access and influence? This Mid-Autumn Festival, Expat Lingo provides the following mooncake subterfuge infographic to aid aspiring cadres and business leaders in their quest for guanxi (click for full size):
Are you a simple citizen who merely wants to buy Tai Pan Snowy Mooncakes in Hong Kong and bring them back to Mainland China? Please see last year’s guide to cross-border trading, Smuggling Mooncakes to China:
For more on mooncakes see: “China media calls for end to mooncake ‘bribery’” from the South China Morning Post by Wu Nan (8 Sept. 2013) and “What’s the big deal about Mooncakes?” from CNN Travel by Zoe Li (28 Sept. 2012).