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Time flew by and now I've only got two days left in China. If you're a foreigner working here, you may one day be faced with the question of what to give to your coworkers as parting gifts at the end of your stay in China. But what really makes for a thoughtful and appropriate gifts here? These are some of my recommendations.
For ladies, give high end cosmetics (I recommend buying in bulk to cut down on costs. Dior lip gloss comes in a pack of multiple colors). For guys, give high end liquor. And in general, anything with a logo of your alma mater would be well received.
On your last day, bring a large case of fancy chocolates to work leave it at a common area in the office, alongside a stack of your business cards. In the past, fancy foreign chocolates were difficult to get in China and people gave it away as gifts. That's not the case anymore in tier 1 and 2 cities, but the tradition of giving fancy chocolates still remains. Chinese people love Ferrero Rocher, so you can't go wrong with that.
The big meal.
Last but not least, on one of your last days, take your Chinese coworkers out to a big meal. Take group photos at dinner, then email everyone later with photos. Most people in China love photos, and would certainly appreciate having themselves pictured with a foreigner.
My time here was short, but sweet, and now I'm happy to pass the torch over to Ctrip's new intern team!