"Be my long-lived friends!" China Local Custom Tip by yuleifeng

China Local Customs: 241 reviews and 248 photos

1. a handshake is the most common form of greeting. a nod or a slight bow with a smile are considered appropriate for first meeting.
2. the Chinese are reserved and modest when dealing with others. agreesive behaviour is offensive. avoid loud, boisterous, or discourteous behaviours.
3. avoid touching or prolonged form of contact. avoid touching a child on the top of his or her head.
4. business cards are exchanged and should be read carefully. they should be printed both in Chinese and English.
5. use titles and full names. it is common to use a person's title and last name when addressing him or her.
6. remove your shoes before entering a house. take the carpet sliper outside the door.
7. good balanced posture is important.
8. use the open hand instead of one finger for pointing. using the index finger is rude. place hands in your lap when seated.
9. shaking one hand from side to side with palm forward means NO. thumbs-up signal means everything is all right. nodding head means OK, move head from side to side means NO. claping is a sign of approval.
10. winking is impolite. avoid direct eye contact in public.
11. do not put your arms around the shoulder of another.
12. asking permission to take photographs of people.
13. to beckon someone, hold palm down and wave all fingers. NEVER use the index finger to beckon.
14. present and receive gifts with both hands.
15. many Chinese people nowadays are familiar with most western popular gestures, especially those who live in the metropolitan areas or tourism destinations.

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  • Updated Dec 16, 2002
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