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Chinese Dos and donts
Smiling Respect the EldersGreet the eldest personTouch your glass below that of the eldest person in the group.Be punctual. (Respect)
About GiftsPresenting giftsRefusing/accepting giftsIf you give an unlucky gift accidentally
Remove your shoes when entering a Chinese home.Accept what your host offers and orders.Eat all of the rice in your bowl (luck)
No. 4(Death) Fourth floorBe cautious in political discussions.Tipping customs in ChinaIt's okay to spit in public and blow your nose.
Colors Red luck end of a relationshipPink and yellow happinessWhite, grey and black - funeral colors.
If you eat all of your mealShopkeepers book lose
New YearBreak, Spoil, Die, Gone, PoorNothing should be cut during Chinese New Year as ones life could be cut short.Avoiding sharp objects
Open windows and doorsWhatever you do during New Year, follows you.Washing hair - unlucky
If you want someone to come to you, dont wave them over with an upturned finger
When using a toothpick in public, cover your mouth with your hand.
Do not touch someones head (its sacred)
Be careful while judging Mao, huge numbers still follow his ideas.
Do not be interested in an object that someone has, they may insist on giving that to you
When someone gives a business card to you, do not stick it in your hip pocket. Also, dont stick it in your wallet and then put your wallet in your hip pocket. You would be symbolically stating that you want to sit on them! Putting a business card in your wallet and them placing the wallet in a front pocket is no problem
After eating a meal, never leave your chopsticks sticking up in the left-over rice at the bottom of your bowl. This is what people do at shrines when offering a meal to their ancestors' ghosts. Doing it in a restaurant would be a terrible curse on the proprietor.
When you're just getting to know someone, and it begins to rain but they don't have an umbrella, its bad luck to give them an umbrella to go home with a sure omen that youll never see each other again.( the Chinese word for umbrella-san-sounds like the word for to break apart.) This is particularly important for dating couples the first few times they go out together. If you like our new friend, take the time to escort him or her with the umbrella out to the bus stop or taxi.
Do not open the presents in front of themDo not give these as a present: Clocks (giving a watch is okay)Straw sandalsHandkerchiefs (They are associated with death)