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Ten Things Never to Do in China   [Copy link] 中文

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Never show up empty handed

Gifts are exchanged frequently between the Chinese, and not just on special occasions. If you have dinner in someone's house to meet a prospective business partner or for any other pre-arranged meeting, both parties commonly exchange gifts as small tokens of friendship and good will. Westerners are often surprised at the number of gifts the Chinese hosts give. The general rule of thumb is to bring many little (gender non-specific) gifts when you travel to China. You never know when you'll meet someone who wants to present you with a special memento, so you should arrive with your own as well.

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Never accept food, drinks, or gifts without first refusing a few times

No self-respecting guests immediately accept whatever may be offered to them in someone's home. No matter how much they may be eager to accept the food, drink, or gift, proper Chinese etiquette prevents them from doing anything that makes them appear greedy or eager to receive it, so be sure to politely refuse a couple of times.

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Never take the first "No, thank you" literally

Chinese people automatically refuse food or drinks several times — even if they really feel hungry or thirsty. Never take the first "No, thank you" literally. Even if they say it once or twice, offer it again. A good guest is supposed to refuse at least once, but a good host is also supposed to make the offer at least twice.

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DSseeing Post time: 2013-12-30 10:22
Never take the first "No, thank you" literallyChinese people automatically refuse food or drinks sev ...

Great thread DSS

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DSseeing Post time: 2013-12-30 10:22
Never accept food, drinks, or gifts without first refusing a few timesNo self-respecting guests imme ...

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Such a remarkable thread I'm going to post it on my Qzone and mark original by DSseeing posted on blog.chinadaily.com.cn

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Seems like the Chinese are a lot like Indians in many of these issues listed. This is a good post!
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