General Chinese Etiquette: Tips when Visiting China Part 1
LOOK BEFORE YOU CROSS THE STREET
This will save your life. Vehicles in China have the right of way, even if they do not technically. Use caution, look both ways, be predictable(in case a driver wishes to swerve around you) and never think a vehicle will stop to let you cross. It is getting better year by year but it’s still dangerous.
ACCEPT AND PRESENT WITH TWO HANDS
As a sign of respect present and accept with both hands. This goes for gifts, business cards, your credit card to a hotel, pretty much everything. If you are heading to China for business there is plenty of info out there for business card exchange etiquette, take a look.
Quick note, if your journey takes you to Indonesia DO NOT use both hands. Only use your RIGHT HAND. More on this custom in another post.
Green hats are taboo in china. When a man “wears a green hat” it means that his wife is cheating on him. Leave the Fighting Irish cap at home and never give a green hat as a gift.
As Michael Cain said “Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath.” That’s how the Chinese do it. You can get angry and frustrated but loosing your temper in public shows a lack of self-control and will cause you to lose face.
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