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What is the typical dress code at work and in public places? Is formal dress ever required?

Dress code is similar to the U.S. - Oct 24, 2017
Chinese people are pretty laid back. At my office I almost never wear a tie. It's chill. - Dec 3, 2015
business casual. - Apr 12, 2015
Dress code is mixed - from all ut suits to simple dress shirts and no ties. No jeans or shorts. - Aug 17, 2014
It is quite formal at the embassy. I see a lot of suits. The Chinese public are actually fairly casual and anything goes as far as daily clothing. - Jul 18, 2014
At my workplace, business attire - Jun 19, 2013
Work is mostly suits and skirts. In public, it's kind of an anything-goes affair: you'll see men rolling their shirts up in summer to air their bellies; the elderly wearing pajamas on the street; and plenty of East Asian "fashion" that will make you wonder. The rest of the people dress fairly plainly. - Aug 27, 2011
Nice casual. I wouldn't wear a sweat shirt out with sport shoes out and about though. When I do I always feel way under dressed. - Apr 7, 2011
In my industry, it's casual, but this is an exception. In China, people consider it important to look professional - suit, tie and slacks are standard professional attire for men, and women wear slacks and a blazer. That being said, as a foreigner you may be able to get away with a lot - people expect foreigners to be different. - Jan 18, 2011
I see an awful lot of Chinese women who think the height of fashion is stiletto heels, tights, shorts and a "Hello Kitty" t-shirt. So ... anything goes. I dress the same way I did back home and haven't bought a Hello Kitty t-shirt ... yet. - Apr 29, 2010
Neat, clean and tidy and not overly casual. The Chinese are not sloppy! - Jan 26, 2010