Interesting facts about China. It will definitely be useful for us to get acquainted with the main customs of one billion three hundred million people in China. The list was compiled by Business Insider.

  1. Respect Chinese chopsticks, citizens!
    You can not stick them in a cup of rice Only at funeral ceremonies, dishes are served with sticks stuck in the food; doing so at other times is a sign of uncouth and bad taste. You can not gesticulate with chopsticks in your hands and even more so point them at a person (even chopsticks lying on the table should not “point” at someone at the table) You can not knock chopsticks on dishes And certainly you can not use them at the wrong end.
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  2. After a delicious lunch is expected. burp.
    What is considered piggish in many countries, in China – a sign of gratitude to the owners and a special compliment to the cook!
  3. Another cup of tea? Knock on the wood!
    In China, tea is drunk in small cups or bowls, and they should not be empty. According to tradition, guests are constantly poured tea, and they are grateful every time they tap their fingers on the table.
    It is said that this custom comes from the 18th century, when the Qianlong Emperor traveled around the country incognito and communicated with ordinary people. When he poured tea for his disguised servants, they had to fall on their knees in gratitude for such generosity, but they could not, and only tapped on the table with two bent fingers (symbolizing bent knees).
    These days, you can tap with your fingertips.
  4. It is customary to persistently refuse a gift.
    Don’t let it offend you – even the most desirable thing, according to the Chinese rules of politeness, will be rejected several times. But you must insist: after a maximum of three refusals, your gift will be gladly accepted. (By the way, do not forget to politely refuse any presents first).
    And don’t expect your gift to be immediately appreciated, because opening it in front of the giver is considered rude. And it is better to think well in advance, to whom and what to give, so that your harmless souvenir is not regarded as a bribe.
  5. It is normal to spit with gusto in public places.
    We, the Russians, are also familiar with this, right? But if here a nasty habit gives away a very specific type of citizens, then there it is common to everyone, including women. Moreover, the Chinese spit not only on the sidewalk, but also from the windows of buses and trains, and sometimes even in the premises.
  6. “Corral and order”: geese in the service of the police.
    In the largest Chinese province of Xinjiang, domestic geese are preferred to service dogs: they have excellent eyesight, they are noisy and, when necessary, aggressive. By the way, feathered law enforcement officers prevent a lot of thefts!
    Police goose parade.
  7. Don’t point your finger in Tibet!
    In all regions inhabited by Tibetans, this gesture is considered rude. The person or object should be pointed at with the entire hand with the palm turned up and the fingers tightly clenched straight.
  8. You can not thank for a compliment.
    Because in the eyes of the Chinese, this is a sign of vanity. So do not be surprised if in response to praise for any reason you get a protest, even absurd: “No, no, the food was terrible”, “No, my child is stupid and unsympathetic” , etc. It’s just that modesty and humility are at the heart of Eastern culture, and bragging and complacency are condemned.
  9. Tipping can be regarded as an insult.
    Recently, many city restaurants accept tips, having come to terms with the habits of Western tourists, but still for the Chinese, this money is not gratitude, but a gross disrespect (re-read paragraphs 4 and 8). An exception may be hotel employees and tour guides who are specially trained in Western (especially American) traditions.
  10. The Chinese often ask foreigners to take pictures with them.
    Do not be surprised if walking in the park or sitting in a cafe, you will be the center of attention of local people who will want to take a selfie with you as a souvenir. And they will be happy if you ask for the same in return.
  11. Instead of diapers, children on the street wear pants with holes in the right places.
    What is especially shocking, a child can easily do their business in a public place. For example, sitting on a park bench.
  12. Chinese beach fashion: bathing balaclavas.
    Pale skin is the main attribute of beauty here, so the balaclavas invented in 2004, hiding the face and neck from the sun (and at the same time from jellyfish burns), immediately became mega-popular.
    This is not Brazil: here are some creepy bathers relaxing on the beaches of the city of Qingdao.
  13. The Chinese can take a nap right on the street in full view of everyone.
    And well, in transport-they fall asleep in the most unusual places, taking the most bizarre poses. This habit has become so famous that there is even a special website Sleeping Chinese (“Sleeping Chinese”), where you can see their funny photos.
    Can you imagine now what a really complicated thing it is – friendship between peoples?