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CULTURE OF CHINA

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Heather Frazer

on 13 May 2010

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Transcript of CULTURE OF CHINA

MANNERS & ETIQUETTE Greetings are formal and the oldest person is always greeted first.
Handshakes are the most common form of greeting with foreigners.
Many Chinese will look towards the ground when greeting someone.
You must address the person by an honorific title and their surname.
If they want to move to a first-name basis, they will tell you which name to use.
The Chinese have a great sense of humor. They can laugh at themselves very easily if they have a comfortable relationship with the other person.
MEETING ETIQUETTE In general, gifts are given at Chinese New Year, weddings, births, birthdays, ect.
The Chinese like food. A food basket will make a great gift.
Do not give scissors, knives or other cutting utensils as they indicate the ending of a relationship.
Do not give clocks, handkerchiefs or straw sandals as they are associated with funerals and death.
Do not give flowers, as many Chinese associate these with funerals.
Do not wrap gifts in white, blue or black paper.
Four is an unlucky number so do not give four of anything.
Eight is the luckiest number, so giving eight of something brings luck to the recipient.
Always present gifts with two hands.
Gifts are not opened when received.
Gifts may be refused three times before they are accepted.
GIFT GIVING ETIQUETTE http://www.kwintessential.co.uk/resources/global-etiquette/china-country-profile.html

Tipping Etiquette
Tipping is becoming more commonplace, especially with younger workers although older workers still consider it an insult. Leaving a few coins is usually sufficient.
The Chinese strive for harmony and are group dependent, they rely on facial expression, tone of voice and posture to tell them what someone feels.
Frowning while someone is speaking is interpreted as a sign of disagreement. Therefore, most Chinese maintain an impassive expression (not feling or showing emotion) when speaking.
It is considered disrespectful to stare into another person's eyes. In crowded situations the Chinese avoid eye contact to give themselves privacy.
The arrows indicate where you should be looking. The general population in Asia (China included) take giving and receiving business cards very seriously.
Notice how she hand the busisness card with both hands. How to present and accept a business card Non-Verbal Communication Dining Etiquette

If you are invited to their house, consider it a great honour. If you must turn down such an honour, it is considered polite to explain the conflict in your schedule so that your actions are not taken as a slight.
Arrive on time.
Remove your shoes before entering the house.
Bring a small gift to the hostess.
Eat well to show that you are enjoying the food Table manners:
Learn to use chopsticks.
Wait to be told where to sit. The guest of honour will be given a seat facing the door.
The host begins eating first.
You should try everything that is offered to you.
Never eat the last piece from the serving tray.
Be observant to other peoples' needs.
Chopsticks should be returned to the chopstick rest after every few bites and when you drink or stop to speak.
The host offers the first toast.
Do not put bones in your bowl. Place them on the table or in a special bowl for that purpose.
Hold the rice bowl close to your mouth while eating.
Do not be offended if a Chinese person makes slurping or belching sounds; it merely indicates that they are enjoying their food.
There are no strict rules about finishing all the food in your bowl.
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