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Don’t be Shocked When You See the Following 7 Things in China


1 Chinese groups or families may ask to pose for a photo with you. 你可能会被求合影 nǐ kě néng huì bèi qiú hé yǐng



Except metropolises like Beijing and Shanghai, there are not many foreigners and people may ask to pose for a photo with you, especially in public places. Don’t feel offended if they do so, but if you don’t like it, just refuse politely.



2 Never leave chopsticks upright in a rice bowl. 筷子绝不能插在饭碗里 kuài zǐ jué bú néng chā zài fàn wǎn lǐ






Never leave chopsticks upright in a rice bowl. This is reminiscent of a ritual that's made as an offering to the dead. Chopsticks should also never be used in your hands when making any gestures.



3 Burping is a sign of satisfaction. 打嗝代表一种感激 dǎ gé dài biǎo yī zhǒng gǎn jī






Burping might be rude in Western culture. But in China, it is seen as a sign of satisfaction with the meal and is considered a compliment to the chef, so don't be surprised if it happens at the dinner table.



4 Your teacup will be refilled times before you finish it. 茶杯一直被加满 chá bēi yī zhí bèi jiā mǎn






This tradition is known as tea tapping. Hosts will regularly ensure that teacups are not empty and when they refill the cups, the person whose cup is filled will tap the table in response to show thanks.



5 To refuse your gift three times 收礼物前总会拒绝个几次 shōu lǐ wù qián zǒng huì jù jué gè jǐ cì






Don't be offended if you gift to your friend is refused, as it is customary in China to refuse the first offer. Sometimes, the etiquette is to refuse the gift three times, though it may not always take this many tries.



In general, the expectation is that a gift is politely refused at first, even if it is desired, and will eventually be accepted after a few offers.



6 Split pants for little babies 小婴孩穿开裆裤 xiǎo yīng hái dōu chuān kāi dāng kù






Split pants are often used in China, allowing children to use the restroom when needed. And it will be much easier for parents to change diapers – no need to take off the pants.



7 It is common to refuse compliments in China 不能大方接受赞美 bú néng dà fāng jiē shòu zàn měi



While it might seem strange to refuse a compliment, it is common to refuse compliments in China since accepting a compliment from the beginning can be seen as a sign of arrogant. “Mr Li, you are quite a good driver” “Oh, no, just so so…”