Chinese Etiquette

  • Visiting a Chinese Home
    It is becoming more and more popular for foreigners to be invited into Chinese homes for dinner. Even business associates may receive an invitation to be entertained at their Chinese counterpart’s home. Learn the proper etiquette for visiting a Chinese home.1. Be sure to either accept or decline th...
  • Chopsticks Etiquette
    Chopsticks should always be held correctly, i.e. between the thumb and first two fingers of the right hand.When not in use, chopsticks must always be placed neatly on the table with two sticks lying tidily next to each other at both ends. Failure to do so is evocative of the way the dead would be pl...
  • Mianzi and Guanxi
    The concept of "face," i.e., mianzi, is a very difficult one to explain in a few sentences. It is also impossible to discuss "face" without introducing the related concept of guanxi, i.e., "relationship" or social networking. Nevertheless, these two concepts, and how they are expressed in day-to-day...
  • Exchanging Name Cards
    Chinese people always exchange name cards when they first meet.
  • Business Meeting Etiquette in China
    Appointments are necessary and, if possible, should be made between one-to-two months in advance, preferably in writing.
  • Dining Etiquette
    The Chinese prefer to entertain in public places rather than in their homes, especially when entertaining foreigners.
  • Gift Giving Etiquette
    gifts are given at Chinese New Year, weddings, births and more recently birthdays.
  • Meeting Etiquette
    Handshakes are the most common form of greeting with foreigners.
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