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China is a vast country and, in recent years, has opened its doors wide for tourists from around the world. As it was a closed country for many years, many people still don’t know much about expected behaviours, manners and etiquette protocol. This article is intended to provide a general overview of the do’s and don’ts whilst visiting China in order to avoid unintentional mistakes.
Independent travellers to this country will have to find out about how they should act whilst in China or prior to travel, whereas people who opt for guided and escorted tours of China will have first hand information from their tour operators. This said, the Chinese are very tolerant of foreign visitors and will usually laugh any first timer’s errors off, but it still pays to be aware of the basic rules.
A BASIC GUIDE TO CHINESE ETIQUETTE
The most important and, therefore, the first thing to consider when meeting Chinese people for the first time is of course the initial greeting. Please see below for some important tips:
Eating and Drinking
You will spend a great deal of time eating and drinking in China, so you need to know the essentials below:
The giving and receiving of gifts are also another important element of Chinese culture – please see guidelines below:
So, there you have it, a few essential tips to prepare you for your China visit. There are several more regarding religious establishments and entering homes, your tour operator will be able to provide more details, or you can check online yourself prior to departure yourself.
This article is published in partnership with Mediabuzzer.