Home-sick Chinese

A passion for home cuisine

Beijing April 2, 2014 – Aside from missing their families and home, Chinese business travellers reveal that they are very much attached to their home cooking, finds the latest survey by Regus, the global flexible workplace provider. Home cooking (46%) is among the top three things the Chinese miss when travelling for work, outranking speaking their own language (40%) in their affections.

When travelling abroad for business respondents globally reported that after family (68%) and their home (38%), they are most likely to be hit by a bout of nostalgia over home cooking (25%), rather than savouring the delights of a foreign cuisine. One in five respondents (17%) also longs to speak in their own language, highlighting that some home-comforts really are irreplaceable in making people feel they belong.

Other findings highlight that:

  • In China, respondents were less likely to miss their home (14%) than the global average of 38%;
  • Chinese were also more likely to feel put-out by not speaking their own language (40%) than average (17%);
  • Globally, generation X and Baby Boomers are less likely to be willing to travel for work with family commitments taking their toll;
  • Generation X, most likely to have young children, is the most likely to miss their family (73%);
  • In China almost a quarter of respondents (23%) are less willing than they were ten years ago to separate from their home comforts and travel for business.

Commenting on the results, Hans Leijten, Regus's vice-president, East Asia, says: “Face-to-face meetings have often been a key part of business as people need to see the expressions and body language of those they are talking to, but workers also find that over the years their priorities change. New technologies that allow workers to hold video conferences are becoming more and more common and employees are rightly starting to demand that these be offered as an alternative to travel.

“Reducing unnecessary travel also helps the bottom line:  it significantly reduces costs and carbon footprint. By introducing a greater degree of video conferencing, businesses can have their cake and eat it too: they can save money and the environment, as well as helping increase employee satisfaction and improve their work:life balance.”


About Regus

Regus is the global workplace provider.

Its network of more than 1,800 business centres in 100 countries provides convenient, high-quality, fully serviced spaces for people to work, whether for a few minutes or a few years. Companies like Google, Toshiba and GlaxoSmithKline choose Regus so that they can work flexibly and make their businesses more successful.

The key to flexible working is convenience and so Regus is opening wherever its 1.5million members want support – city centres, suburban districts, shopping centres and retail outlets, railway stations, motorway service stations and even community centres.

Founded in Brussels, Belgium, in 1989, Regus is based in Luxembourg and listed on the London Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit