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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…”