"No "Xiao Jie"s! Say "Gu Niang" instead." Hangzhou Local Custom Tip by chatterley

Hangzhou Local Customs: 24 reviews and 38 photos

Contrary to what we are used to in Singapore, the ladies in the Jiangnan region (eg. Hangzhou, Suzhou, Wuxi etc) do not like to be referred to as "xiao jie"...they prefer to be called "gu niang". The reason behind this is because in Jiangnan, the term "xiao jie" is commonly used to refer to women who work as hostesses in karaoke lounges, bars, etc. So, do not use this term, and say "gu niang" instead!

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  • Written Dec 16, 2006
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