Archive for April, 2007

It seems, that the Chinese Governement wants to punish owners of subways, which do not have a security plan for their subways. A good idea, making the subway safer. I know, there are a lot of security signs already, for example forbidding street sellers to stay in the subway exit area for a long time – without much effect of course. I imagine the subway station at Xizhimen, it is really crowded with street – sellers.

I wonder, if they have to bribe the subway security guys to get the permission to stay there.

Having your office in a new office building is somehow nice and there are a lot of new office buildings in Beijing. But if you are one of the first companies there, some things might not work in a perfect way, but a professional property management should take care of everything.

But still, as foreign company, you should think twice, before you rent an office in a building, when you are the first foreign company to register there. The owner or property manager of the building probably never heard about the papers you need to register your WFOE and they are quite annoyed and sometimes not really willing to cooperate to provide you with the necessary documents.

Especially for small and middle sized enterprises, it is better to move into a building with other foreign companies anyway (e.g. SOHO in Beijing). Not only because of the western toilets in office buildings aiming on foreign companies but also because of opportunities to get in contact with other foreign companis for later cooperations.

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