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China is always regarded as the Nation of Etiquette. According to western norms some Chinese behaviors are impolite. The reason for that lies in the different cultural and historical views of social manners. In order to avoid unnecessary mistakes and embarrassment during communications, a better understanding of Chinese etiquette is important.
Handshaking
Handshaking is considered formal greeting behavior in China. It is used to show respect when people meet on the formal occasions. Handshaking should be firm, but not overly strong, and should not be prolonged because Chinese, like other Asians, prefer a brief handshake. After shaking hands, you may introduce yourself and exchange your name card. Kiss and hug are not normal manners in China.
Chinese “Mianzi” (face)
Mianzi, commonly referred to as 'face', is a reflection of a person's social status among the people. Having 'face' means you are respected by others. As a foreigner, it is not necessary to take Mianzi too seriously when engaged in discussions that may be confusing. Mianzi can be understood as the avoidance of embarrassment in front of others. You should not insult, embarrass, demean and yell at a person because that will result in making him loose his “mianzi”. Neither try to prove someone wrong nor shout at him in public. In order to get a successful effect without letting a Chinese lose “face”, any criticism should be delivered privately, discreetly and tactfully.
Chinese “Guanxi” (relations between people)
Chinese people really attach great importance on “Guanxi”, which means relationship between people. Good and rich social relations or personal relations are always regarded as a symbol of one person’s ability and influence. To establish good relations with Chinese people will be much helpful for your business and trip in China.
Sending gift
Gift plays important roles in Chinese daily life. Chinese people always send gifts to each other on festivals or when they pay a visit to each other. It is a courtesy to present a gift to your Chinese counterpart. However there are some taboos for sending gifts. The gift packaging should be red or any other festive color. White and black are ominous and should be avoided. It is not proper, and is even considered to be unfortunate, to send a clock as a gift because the pronunciation of “sending clock” in Chinese is similar to another word which means attending upon a dying person. No. 4 is also a taboo because it sounds like death in Chinese. When you present a gift please do not parade the gift in front of the recipient, and you should use both hands when presenting it. Generally, the recipient may graciously refuse the present when first offered. In this case, you should correctly assess the situation and present it once again. If the recipient did not open your gift, it does not mean that he or she is not interested in it. It is polite to open it after you leave. When you visit a Chinese family you can bring them chocolates, fruits, wine and flowers. When your Chinese friends entertain you they will try to offer you much more food in order to show their hospitality. They will also toast you frequently. Even you don’t drink it is polite to drink a little bit otherwise they will feel disappointed.
Keqi (humble)
“Keqi” in Chinese not only means considerate, polite, and well mannered, but also represents humbleness and modesty. Keqi is a good manner in Chinese culture. It is impolite to be arrogant and brag about oneself in China. The expression is most often used in the negative, as in buyao keqi, meaning "you shouldn't be so kind and polite to me," or "you're welcome."
If you follow the usual rules of etiquette in China, you will properly extend your respect to the Chinese and you will be respected by them also. But there is no need to worry more about the cultural barriers because the friendly Chinese will try their best to understand and respect your customs when communicating.

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