商务座次礼仪 Seating Arrangement Etiquette

商务座次礼仪 Seating Arrangement Etiquette

Postby williamchen » Thu Jun 12, 2014 8:46 am

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At Chinese “宴会 (yànhuì) banquets,” the seating arrangement is probably the most important part of Chinese dining “礼仪 (lǐyí) etiquette,” especially in Chinese business banquets. Generally, round tables are used at Chinese banquets and the seat facing the entrance is the seat of honor. The seats on the left hand side of the seat of honor are second, fourth, sixth, etc. in importance, while those on the right are third, fifth, seventh and so on in importance. The seat of honor, “保留 (bǎoliú) reserved” for the master of the banquet or the “客人 (kèrén) guests” with highest status, is the one in the center facing east or facing the entrance. Those of higher position sit closer to the seat of honor. The guests of the lowest position sit furthest from the seat of honor.
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Re: 商务座次礼仪 Seating Arrangement Etiquette

Postby jjjd » Thu Jun 12, 2014 8:58 am

Haha, thank you for sharing! From my experience, the seating arrangement etiquette is very very important when you do business in China.
And this is flexible. Once our company had an important German guest, and we served him at South Beauty restaurant. Although the seat of honor is usually the seat facing the door of the room, but that time the situation is a little different: it arround 7pm, and the night view outside the big French window is very beautiful. So the seat of honor is actually the seat facing the French window. :lol:
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