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When you clink glasses toasting, you glass should go lower, i.e. the lip of your glass should touch the middle of your opposite number's glass. I hope you know what I mean. Its a sign of your humility. Not many people from outside China know this. |
Also, when someone has his fore arm stretched out to pick up a dish with his chopsticks at the far end of the table, do not cross your fore arm over his to pick up some other dish at the far end to you. Again I hope you know what I mean.
Traditional families teach their children not to chat at the dinner table, but I suppose you are on business or on a visit, so this rule might not be observed stringently, and I am myself surprised that this tradition has been broken left, right and centre. Some might not even know that this tradition exists.
When you use the tooth pick at the dinner table, cover your mouth with the other hand.
When you use your spoon to ladle soup from the common big bowl to your own small bowl, do not ladle more than three times.
When there is some dish on the table that you really like, do not go at it repeatedly with your chop sticks, give others a chance. Spread out your choice evenly.
Eat more rice and less dishes; the latter is meant to help you down your rice, which by itself can be very bland.
There must be more my mother taught me, but its been a long time ago and memory fades.
I hope you are not left handed. Our left handers would have been trained in childhood to use their right hand, at the dinner table at least.
Have a nice time
[ Last edited by lobsang at 2006-2-18 12:40 AM ]