- Make sure to search both the Simplified and Traditional character versions of names. For example, Lin Li Chen appears in Hong Kong records using Traditional characters (林麗貞) and on Mainland China corporate records using Simplified characters (林丽贞). To convert between the two, use Google Translate to translate from “Chinese” to “Chinese (Simplified)” or “Chinese (Traditional)."
- Consider Chinese naming conventions when searching for individuals.
- Common Chinese corporate extensions include 有限公司, 公司, 股份有限公司, 有限责任公司, 分公司, and 代表处. Strip the query of these terms to isolate the company’s name and increase the chances of retrieving a hit. See here for more tips on searching for companies.
Nearly all Chinese company names begin with a location marker: country (中国/China), province (辽宁/Liaoning), or city (北京/Beijing). When searching for a Chinese company, search the location marker and the company name without the corporate extension, separated by Boolean operator AND. For example, instead of China National Precision Machinery Import Export Co., Ltd, search for China AND National Precision Machinery Import Export (中国 AND 精密机械进出口).
- Ensure all quotation marks are used either from the Chinese keyboard or the English keyboard. Sayari Search will not recognize the combination of one from each as a valid search operator.