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This post was edited by bravos at 2014-1-25 12:41

The Chinese are now accustomed to international visitors in China. As a hospitable nationality, the Chinese always open their arms and embrace good-manners cosmopolitans. Nonetheless, it is noteworthy that some foreign visitors are still not aware of what are good manners in China.

Ignoring proper manners in China won’t be catastrophic, yet it might undermine the excitement of your expedition. It is unattainable to be acquainted with all Chinese habits and customs within a short period of time. Reading handbooks pays off, however, as China enjoys so vast a territory, customs differ from place to place and the cultural chasm within China might be mammoth. This poses great challenge for visitors.

Providentially, the saying “When you are in Rome, do as the Romans do.” Still apply to China and Chinese people. Here, I’d like offer you two valuable tips.

1.       Speak loudly in public. This practice in China is often misunderstood by foreign visitors, and might be deemed as a bad habit. No. it is our Chinese culture instead. According to our belief, it is important to speak up and act confidently in public; otherwise you might be considered to be surreptitious. When you are making a phone call, if you always whisper to your handset instead of spitting out your words, you act like a thief to all the Chinese onlookers. And if you peek at people at the same time, you’ll be thought to be masterminding sabotage!

2.       Cigarettes rule. China is a paradise for smokers. No matter you are a smoker or not, you must know cigarettes play an essential role in Chinese social life. Always have one or two packs of cigarettes with you, and present one cigarette or two to your new acquaintance. Western brands are preffered, because they are new to most Chinese. You will find that cigarettes are actually very ideal intermediaries and your journey would be much smoother than you have ever expected. Smoke in public whenever possible, and you’ll make more friends if you do so. Don’t worry, most Chinese can condone, or even appreciate your smoking in public.

I’ll contribute more if I have aroused your curiosity or interest. Enjoy your odyssey in China!

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Post time 2013-11-4 11:42:54 |Display all floors
Your remarks are nonsense.

We don't like noise at all.

And smoking is banned in public areas according to the law.

There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul.-Victor Hugo

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incarnationabc Post time: 2013-11-4 11:42
Your remarks are nonsense.

We don't like noise at all.

If you don't respect Chinese culture, how can you expect the Chinese to respect yours?
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In English speaking countries it considered very impolite if you do not fart loudly when being introduced
to someone you have never met before.
If capitalism promotes innovation and creativity then why aren't scientists and artists the richest people in a capitalist nation?

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bravos Post time: 2013-11-4 11:51
If you don't respect Chinese culture, how can you expect the Chinese to respect yours?

That is not Chinese culture. I am Chinese citizen. Don't tell lie here any more.
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incarnationabc Post time: 2013-11-3 19:53
That is not Chinese culture. I am Chinese citizen. Don't tell lie here any more.

seneca cannot help but lie. This is one of his ghosts.
If capitalism promotes innovation and creativity then why aren't scientists and artists the richest people in a capitalist nation?

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Post time 2013-11-4 11:56:07 |Display all floors
This post was edited by bravos at 2013-11-5 20:14
incarnationabc Post time: 2013-11-4 11:53
That is not Chinese culture. I am Chinese citizen. Don't tell lie here any more.


You are a bookworm and you are always burying your head in your books like an ostrich.

What the law says and the fact are totally different two things in China, don't you know this?

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