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  • n. Alternative form of hong bao.


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  • Traditionally, the Chinese give gifts of cash in red envelopes called hongbao (a sample of the Taiwan style is pictured above) to relatives and business associates.

  • Because of low salaries, journalists in China often struggle with whether to take bribes, called hongbao, or red envelopes.

    NYT > Home Page

  • It is tradition in Chinese culture to use red envelopes to give money at celebrations like Chinese New Year and these envelopes -- called hongbao -- are now printed by banks as a marketing tool, he said.

    University of Toronto -- News@UofT

  • Politicians and environmentalists handed out candy in "hongbao" or red envelopes, and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson arrived in a Chinese shirt of burgundy silk fit for a Mandarin.

    The Seattle Times

  • On your first meeting with the prospective consultant, he advises that you offer hongbao (red envelopes of money) to each of the 20 officials involved in your case -- if you deliver the RMB20K, he'll quietly distribute the envelopes.

    Humility, Strength, Guanxi

  • After all, the expense is small if it guarantees government approval of your business license, and hongbao is part of Chinese New Year celebrations.

    Humility, Strength, Guanxi

  • Bad advice: sending hongbao (red envelopes of money) to government officials.

    Humility, Strength, Guanxi

  • This year the children's hongbao the traditional red envelope containing a gift of money only had five yuan 50p. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • It is like many things in Chinese culture, where "I love you" is an unspoken phrase that finds its voice in the sumptuous feasts that fill the dinner table, the hongbao stuffed with crisp, red RMB bills, the boxes of green tea and smoked tofu that friends and relatives forcibly stuff into every last empty corner of your luggage. full story »

    Hao Hao Report - Published news

  • LIKE: Stefanie Sun coming down and giving hongbao to fans.



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