Being a tourist can be amazing when you have understood about the custom of the country you have visited. There are many Asian countries you can visit and learn the culture. One of the oldest and most unique countries in Asia is China. Their culture is just amazing, and you should face it when you have come to China. You have to know the culture, language a little bit and tour guide if you don’t have any skill in speaking Chinese. The language barrier is something common, but when it has come to custom, you should understand first. Here are things you should not do and should do when you are in China.
- When you have met an older people, you have to greet them first because the oldest person should be greeted first as a symbol of high respect to the Chinese culture.
- Tap twice the table when you are drinking a toast.
- It is necessary to do a handshake because it has been a common thing in non-verbal greeting in China.
- When you are wrapping gifts in China, use red packages or wrappers and avoid using white or black because it is a symbol of death.
- Keep calm whenever something weird happens in front of your face.
- Business cards are a very big deal in China. When someone is giving you his business card with both hands, you must take it using both hands in return.
- Never spit into the bowl, and when you are going to spit using tissue, you should place it at plate and not your food bowl.
- If you are offered a toast, you must drink with the person who is inviting you as a mark of respect
- Never stick your chopsticks in your bowl of rice as it is highly associated with death and funeral.
- Never open the gifts in front of the giver when you are receiving gift and wait until they take their leave.
- When you come to Silk Road, you should not bring any non-halal foods to keep it respect.
- If you meet old people, you have to ask permission first when you want to photograph them.
As you can see, the Chinese have their own beliefs and I highly recommend to get informed of what is considered respectful and disrespectful in China before traveling there, this may avoid you big misunderstanding and even trouble !
Have you ever experienced cultural differences that surprised you in China? If you want to share your experience, feel free to leave a comment!