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

Work is usually business attire, currently business casual due to the ongoing evacuation. - Aug 2020

Formal at work, relatively casual outside at work, depending on where you're going and what you're doing. - Jul 2020

Only for balls. Pretty casual most of the time. - May 2020

Yes, formal dress is needed. - Nov 2019

Dress code is similar to the U.S. - Oct 2017

Chinese people are pretty laid back. At my office I almost never wear a tie. It's chill. - Dec 2015

business casual. - Apr 2015

Dress code is mixed - from all ut suits to simple dress shirts and no ties. No jeans or shorts. - Aug 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 2014

At my workplace, business attire - Jun 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 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 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 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 2010

Neat, clean and tidy and not overly casual. The Chinese are not sloppy! - Jan 2010

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