When travelling it is crucial to learn about the culture, religion also the country’s ‘do and don’ts’ so that you’ll be well – prepared and you’ll be more connected with the local people of a country you visit. Planning to start a trip to china? Here’s some of Chinese culture that u might want to learn before you start packing!
DO NOT LEAVE YOUR CHOPSTICK STICKING UP IN YOUR RICE BOWL
Do not leave your chopstick in a vertical position sticking up in your rice bowl. This action will remind them of the incense sticks used at funerals and it’s believed will bring a bad luck. Place your chopstick on the top of your bowl. Refer to the picture above!
DO NOT GIVE WATCH AND SHOES AS A GIFT TO SOMEONE
Do not give clock to someone as a present because 送鐘 (sòng zhōng, send clock) sounds like 送終 (sòng zhōng) the funeral ritual. Why you cannot give shoes to someone? It is because; it is believed that giving shoes is a sign of putting an end in your friendship as giving shoes 送鞋子 (sòng xiézi) sounds the same with break up. There are many other things to avoid giving as a gift in Chinese culture. So, make sure you’ve look into it before travelling!
GREET OLDER PEOPLE FIRST
When meeting a group of Chinese people, greet the oldest and the most senior person before others. During group introductions, line up according to seniority to show some respect. This attitude should be applied in everyone’s!
DO NOT TIPPING
In China, tipping is not part of the culture. In fact offering a gratuity might be considered rude. Tipping is applicable in high end restaurant or a 5 star hotel but do not apply tipping in the street or other places. You might get stared the whole time.
DON’T WRITE PEOPLE’S NAME IN RED
In ancient times in China, a death row criminal’s name was written in chicken blood, and later it is written in red. So that, writing someone’s name using a red ink is considered rude in Chinese culture.
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