After a ban of 30 years, beauty salons and services once more are available in China and that nation's government has invited a Washington retail expert for an official visit, from last week through May 7. The lucky local businessman is Bernard Katzeff, style director of the Saks Fifth Avenue beauty salon in Chevy Chase. He is holding formal talks on salon operations and will hold a series of seminars and training sessions.

Judith Richards Hope, a partner in the Washington law firm of Wald, Harkrader & Ross, has been nominated for election to the board of Woodward & Lothrop. She has served as associate director for the Domestic Council at the White House and has received the Secretary's Award from the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Administrator's Award of Merit from the Urban Mass Transportation Administration.

Woodies also announced the following promotions: Lewis Shealy, divisional vice president; Adrian Rice, divisional vice president for ready-to-wear, juniors and dresses; Steve Powers, divisional vice president for sportswear and coats; John Henderson, divisional vice president for children's, intimate apparel and fashion accessories; David Prensky, divisional vice president for men's and boys; Patricia McAllister, divisional merchandise manager for dresses; and Gerald Goldberg, divisional merchandise manager for main floor sportswear and coats.