Traditional Chinese Etiquette

China is known as a state of etiquette and ceremonies. Many proverbs have been passed down from generation to generation such as “civility costs nothing” or “courtesy demands reciprocity” and so on. Just like a unique culture of a country, the traditional Chinese etiquettes can let people to know about the daily life of Chinese in China. Also, it is necessary to behave in a good manner, avoid ban manner and pay attention to the Chinese taboos when you plan to have a visit or even stay in China for a long time.

A symbol of Chinese Culture- Face

A symbol of Chinese Culture- Face

In China, people often use “Lian” or “Mianzi” which refers to the same thing. The word “Lian” could be translated in to English as “face”. Here, we use “face” directly to talk about the special characteristic of Chinese culture “Mianzi”. Face-A Culture Thing Mianzi is an ancient conception in Chinese vocabulary. When people know someone without his or her position or knowledge, he can observe whether other people showi... More

Chinese Etiquette: Gift-Giving

Chinese Etiquette: Gift-Giving

In China, as many countries else, gifts are usually given to show respect, gratitude, friendship, love or hospitality. It is an actual a common courtesy of the world. The etiquette of Gift-giving in China may be a little different from western countries. With a history of thousands of years, China's Etiquette has formed and been passed down generation by generation. For Chinese people, courtesy demands reciprocity, which means people who are well-mannered to others will receive kindness and ... More

Chinese Etiquette: Fist and palm salute

Chinese Etiquette: Fist and palm salute

In China, except for handshaking, when meeting friends and relatives, paying visit to someone or in Chinese Spring Festival Celebration, fist and palm salute is also the etiquette for these situations. It is an important etiquette in ancient China with a history of more than 3000 years. History of Fist and Palm Salute The fist and palm salute was formed in ancient times. It was a kind of imitation of the slave with pillory, meaning willing to be somebody’s servant. And later it bec... More

Tea Serving Etiquette in China

Tea Serving Etiquette in China

Tea Serving Etiquette is one of the traditional Chinese etiquette which has a history of more than 3000 years. Since Zhou Dynasty, tea had already been a kind of present between friends and relatives and tribute for royalty. Han people, Mongolian people and other ethnic minorities in China has the tea serving etiquette. Han people’s tea serving etiquette has a long history. As early as Tang Dynasty, Han people already had this etiquette. The tradition and types of tea varies from place... More

Custom of Chinese Wine Drinking

Custom of Chinese Wine Drinking

Chinese wine drinking has been played a quite important role in Chinese people's life from ordinary people to kings for a long time. Our Chinese ancestors either toast wine to forefathers to express reverence as a libation, or to enjoy by themselves while writing poetry or prose, or to toast their relatives and friends during a feast. When to Drink Chinese people will drink the Realgar Wine on the fifth of the , while Chrysanthemum Wine on September 9th. On the fifteenth day of the first l... More


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