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You shouldn’t wear slippers or short pants in summer, let alone in winter, to attend formal banquets in China, since this is considered impolite unless you are on the beach.|
It’s ok you can not use chopsticks , ask the waiter to give you a fork and knife. If your drop your knife, don’t pick it off the floor, get new ones. If you happen to be good at chopstick, Chinese will be much impressive on you.
Offer to let the Chinese boss(or host) taste the new dish first, this almost means you give him a chance to cut the ribbon at an opening ceremony.
Don't get offended by loud burping. This is normal in China, ignore it or join in for a duet.
Don’t feel surprised when people slurp loudly , it is common , neglect it or slurp soup loudly too .
No need to ask the ladies whether you are allowed to smoke, see Chinese men , they don’t do this. Try to open a window early on because your suit may be ruined by the heavy smoke in the air from other Chinese smokers. If a Chinese female who hates secondhand smoke has opened the window for you, thank her even though she might not understand you.
While eating, it’s acceptable that you stare at a very pretty lady. You may praise how delicious the Tofu on the table is to please your Chinese participators, but don’t speak to this lady how you love Tofu , especially those white and soft Tofu unless you want to get slapped.
Never drink even a sip of your drink alone. This is not only bad but stupid since you are only adding to your total alcohol intake without dragging somebody down with you.
If you want to avoid Gan Bei , bottom up your wine ( here wine is white lightning), politely, you may claim medical reasons for not drinking but this is wimpy and will likely kill any minuscule chances you have of making money . Another choice is to sincerely ask Chinese boss(or host) to join in when others want to Gan Bei with you, because they generally don’t want their boss to drink too much. Or you may play some tricks but don’t let the cat out of the bag. Do you have a good fake drinking scam working?
Don’t forget to express your thanks for Chinese for the wonderful dinner even if the dishes are not to your taste, never let them know you will have a room food service after you will return your hotel.
At last, when the banquet is over, don’t join those people who fight over who is going to pay the bill, it’s always the host should do it.
Hopefully this will be a bit helpful for those foreigners who will visit China.