& Manners in China
not use large hand movements. The Chinese do not
speak with their hands. Your movements may be distracting
to your host.
contact must be avoided at all cost. It is highly
inappropriate for a man to touch a woman in public.
not point when speaking.
point do not use your index finger, use an open
is considered improper to put your hand in your
acts that involve the mouth.
giving is a very delicate issue in China - See international
business gift giving.
is illegal to give gifts to government official
however; it has become more commonplace in the
is more acceptable to give gifts either in private
or to a group as a whole to avoid embarrassment.
most acceptable gift is a banquet.
writing pens as considered favored gifts.
following gifts and/or colors are associated with
death and should not be given:
arrive on time or early if you are the guest.
not discuss business at meals.
not start to eat or drink prior to the host.
a cultural courtesy, you should taste all the dishes
you are offered.
meals only, there may be several courses.
place your chopsticks straight up in your bowl.
By placing your sticks upright in your bowl your
will remind your host of joss sticks which connotes
not drop the chopsticks it is considered bad luck.
not eat all of your meal. If you eat all of your
meal, the Chinese will assume you did not receive
enough food and are still hungry.
do not usually drink at meals.
is considered insulting, however the practice is
becoming more common.
information on International Gift Giving
sending a gift to someone in Chile? See gifts to China