Chinese Etiquette & Good Manners (2022)

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When traveling to China, understanding Chinese etiquette and customs are essential for putting your best foot forward. Chinese culture is a rich culture that has evolved over thousands of years, and it’s probably quite different from your own.

Especially as a first-time visitor to China, the main advice is to be tolerant and patient. After all, you are a visitor to a foreign culture. Keep in mind that it’s only when you show respect to Chinese etiquette and customs, that you’ll experience the true warmth of Chinese people.

Chinese etiquette tips

Want to make sure you start off on the right foot? These 10 tips on Chinese etiquette will shed light on China’s many unspoken rules, so you’ll end up gaining, not losing, face.

Chinese etiquette tip #1: don’t bow, just say ‘ni hao’

An introduction is the first step to creating a good first impression.

Unlike what many foreigners think, Chinese etiquette does not include bowing when greeting Chinese people. A simple, soft handshake, a smile, and a friendly ‘hi’ or ‘ni hao’ (or ‘nin hao’ to greet older Chinese people) will often suffice.

When addressing Chinese people, address the eldest or most senior person first. Also, address the newly-met people with their honorific title and family name. In China, names are written with the surname (family name) first and the given name second. Take the famous basketball player Yao Ming, for instance. Yao is his family name, and Ming is his given name. You should, therefore, address him as Mr. Yao.

Keep in mind that the level of spoken English in China is widely variable and will often depend on where you are. Even in major tourist cities, such as Guilin or Beijing, there’s no guarantee you’ll encounter any locals speaking English, except for your tour guide or hotel reception staff. Also, many Chinese who do speak a little English are often shy of doing so for fear of embarrassment.

Chinese etiquette tip #2: cover up to blend in

Nowadays, Western fashion trends are just as popular in China as they are in the US and Europe. This makes it much easier for the fashion of foreign travelers to blend in. However, the Chinese wardrobe still differs from a Western one in many ways.

Are you stressing about what to pack for your tour of China? Most of the clothing you’ll see around are probably quite similar to what you’re used to. If you want to blend in, though, lean towards more conservative clothing and avoid showing off too much skin.

Chinese etiquette tip #3: being a good guest in China

It’s becoming increasingly popular for foreigners to be invited into Chinese homes, even as a business associate. Being invited to a Chinese family’s home can be a wonderful and warm experience, one you won’t encounter on any standard tour of China. Chinese people are known to be very welcoming, and they will feel like part of the family.

When you’re invited to a Chinese family’s home, make sure you arrive on time. Offer your host a small gift, and give them a compliment about something you like in the house. It’s customary to take off your shoes before entering your host’s home. In some cases, the host may give you a pair of slippers. The polite thing to do is to accept the slippers and wear them even if they are too small or too large.

Chinese etiquette tip #4: don’t be too shy to try

A Chinese dinner table is a lively place, full of conversation and delicious exotic food. When invited over for dinner, either at a Chinese family’s home or in a restaurant, the best way to ensure that you are abiding by Chinese etiquette is to observe what everybody else is doing and try to do the same.

Wait for someone to tell you where to sit. Mostly, the guest is the first one to be seated by the host, followed by the seniors, and then the juniors. The host often starts eating first and offers the first toast, so wait before you start eating until the host tells you to do so.

Be sure to eat plenty of food to show you’re enjoying it, and don’t be too shy to try everything that is offered to you. Don’t finish off the whole dish, but leave a small amount of food on your plate or serving tray. It shows good manners and tells the cook that (s)he has prepared enough food.

In China, it’s customary to eat foods like chicken and shrimps with your hands and to drink from your bowl. Using chopsticks would be appreciated, and our guides can show you how to use them. But if you’re feeling unsure, do not hesitate to ask for cutlery. No Chinese host would want you going hungry!

When you do eat with chopsticks, make sure you don’t stick them upright in a bowl of rice. When you’re not using your chopsticks, leave them flat on the table, or when you’re finished eating, place them flat on top of your bowl.

Chinese etiquette tip #5: the gift of giving

Giving and receiving gifts can be a confusing matter for foreigners, and the Chinese etiquette around it is quite complex. Gifts are usually given when visiting someone’s home, when being invited for dinner, on major Chinese holidays, at a wedding, or at a birthday party.

Here are a couple of things to remember when presenting or receiving a gift in China:

  • Present or receive your gift with both hands to show respect.
  • Refuse a gift at least two or three times before accepting it.
  • Do not open your gift in front of the person who gave it to you. It is polite to open the gifts after you leave unless your counterpart asks you to open the gift immediately.
  • Following Chinese etiquette, these items are not suitable for gifts in China: clocks, handkerchiefs, umbrellas straw sandals, anything that resembles a stork or a crane. These items are associated with separation, death, or bad luck. Also, don’t give any sharp objects, like scissors or knives, as these could imply cutting off the relationship.
  • Gifts from your home country are always welcome and appreciated. Chinese people also like to receive fruit and other produce, especially when presented in a nice box or basket. However, do not give your Chinese counterpart a pear, as it’s associated with separation in China.

Chinese etiquette tip #6: Chinese curiosity

For foreigners, Chinese people may come across as being very curious. Chinese people aren’t afraid to ask personal questions, even if you’ve just met. So, don’t be surprised to be asked things like your age, your education, your work, or your marital status during your first conversation. You do not have to answer these private questions if you don’t want to. Just explain to them that you don’t wish to talk about your personal life.

When you’re out and about, you may encounter some curious looks, or even seemingly random shouts of “hello”. Sometimes these shouts are coming from a vendor, wanting to sell you something. Sometimes it’s from someone who’s trying to communicate with a non-Chinese, but because it’s coming from behind or in passing it may come across as cheeky. Nevertheless, these shouts of “hello” are usually a friendly gesture, and in most cases the only way Chinese people know how to get a foreigner’s attention.

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Chinese etiquette tip #7: respect the elders

Respecting elders is deeply ingrained in Chinese culture. When addressing elders, Chinese etiquette involves using the word “nin”, which is the polite version of the word “you” in Mandarin. The elders almost always come first in Chinese society. You greet them first in a meeting, and they get seated first at dinner.

Chinese etiquette tip #8: flattery will get you somewhere

We all like a compliment, don’t we? Chinese people do as well. Don’t be surprised if they say your Chinese is very good, even if all you said was “ni hao”, or if they tell you that your country is the most beautiful country in the world, even if they’ve never set foot in it themselves.

For some, these kinds of almost robotic compliments may come across as fake, or even hypocritical. China has a culture based on the concept of face. Therefore, it’s polite to give compliments to the person you are talking to. The appropriate response to a compliment is a modest one, something in the line of “you’re too kind”, or “you flatter me”, and then give a compliment back.

Chinese etiquette tip #9: the concept of face

The concept of face in Chinese culture is a very complex one and it’s easy for a foreign traveler to unknowingly cause an embarrassing situation. Although, it’s often assumed and accepted that a foreigner does not mean to cause someone to lose face, it’s still better to try and avoid uncomfortable situations for you or your Chinese counterparts. Here’s how you do that:

  • Avoid behaving in a way that may make someone feel embarrassed or uncomfortable.
  • Do not criticize someone in front of other people.
  • Do not lose your temper, yell at people, or show anger in public.
  • Do not talk too much about yourself and do not interrupt someone in the middle of a conversation.

Chinese etiquette tip #10: enjoy warm and welcoming China!

Immerse yourself in the warm and welcoming world of the local Chinese. As a guest in China, you will receive special treatment, and your hosts will go above and beyond to make sure you will have a good time.

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What is considered disrespectful in China? ›

Do not touch, hug, lock arms, back slap or make any body contact. Clicking fingers or whistling is considered very rude. Never put your feet on a desk or a chair. Never gesture or pass an object with your feet.

What is considered polite in Chinese culture? ›

Unlike what many foreigners think, Chinese etiquette does not include bowing when greeting Chinese people. A simple, soft handshake, a smile, and a friendly 'hi' or 'ni hao' (or 'nin hao' to greet older Chinese people) will often suffice. When addressing Chinese people, address the eldest or most senior person first.

How do you show politeness in China? ›

In formal situations, people bow slightly or nod politely to greet one another formally. The bow is from the shoulders and should be greater if the person you are greeting has a higher status than you. If seated, the Chinese will stand up out of respect when they are introduced to someone.

Do and don'ts for Chinese? ›

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Why is respect so important in China? ›

In Asian cultures respect is seen as a religious duty. In Asian cultures respect is centred on the family and formally demonstrated through language and gestures. The Asian concept of respect influences feelings of responsibility within the family and the ways in which Asian patients may set about making decisions.

What are the taboos in Chinese culture? ›

Not finishing a meal is also believed to incur the wrath of the thunder god. Another Chinese taboo relating to food is that chopsticks should not be left standing straight up in a bowl of rice. This act is said to bring bad luck to restaurant owners as chopsticks stuck in rice look similar to incense placed in urns.

Is eye contact rude in China? ›

Making eye contact in China is a sure-fire way to make enemies, not friends. The Chinese people view eye contact as a necessary tool, but not in the same way that other cultures do. In China, people make eye contact when they are angry. It is meant to challenge the other person and is a sign of disrespect.

What does thumbs up in China mean? ›

The appreciative Chinese would say ting hao de (挺好的) meaning "very good", and gesture with a thumbs up, which in Chinese means "you're number one". High officials in the Chinese government see it as a sign of respect.

What is the Chinese greeting? ›

Hello. 你好。 nǐ hǎo; The standard "hello" greeting. Literally means "you good."

What is China's most important culture? ›

The Chinese traditional cultural values of harmony, benevolence, righteousness, courtesy, wisdom, honesty, loyalty, and filial piety are embodied in China's diplomacy through the concept of harmony, the most important Chinese traditional value.

How can I impress a Chinese person? ›

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How do you compliment a Chinese woman? ›

#1 - 你很漂亮! / 你真帅!

Nǐ hěn piàoliang! / Nǐ zhēn shuài! You're beautiful! / You're handsome! This is probably the most popular compliment you will hear in China. Girls are often referred to as beautiful women 美女 (měinǚ) and boys as handsome men 帅哥 (shuàigē).

How do you deal with Chinese people? ›

It is best to maintain composure when dealing with Chinese business people, the most you can do is use kind words, politeness or a faint smile. No matter how grateful you are, do not bring a gift and do not tip in a restaurant – they will not be received with joy!

Can I wear shorts in China? ›

Definitely you can. If the city you'll go to is located in the very south part of China, you can wear your shorts for three seasons. For rest cities, you can also wear in summer for all over China.

Why do Chinese ask personal questions? ›

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What are Chinese relationships like? ›

Marriage. The ultimate goal of most relationships in China is marriage. Young Chinese adults are often under a lot of pressure from the elders in their family to find a good husband or wife and get married relatively early.

Why are relationships important in China? ›

Relationships are vital to your success.

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How do you greet a Chinese elder? ›

Any body contact, apart from a simple handshake, may make your new Chinese friends feel uncomfortable. Don't address elders using 'ni hao' (/nee haow/). Instead, use 'Nin hao' (/neen-haow/ 'you good'). This is more polite, formal and respectful.

What colors are taboo in China? ›

It is widely known that Chinese people love red because it is perceived to symbolise luck, blessings and happiness. In contrast, blue is considered a 'taboo' colour.

Why is the number 4 taboo in China? ›

But the number four is considered unlucky because it sounds a lot like the word for “death,” and as a result Chinese buildings often lack a fourth floor (just as American buildings sometimes skip the 13th). Likewise, Chinese drivers avoid license plates ending in four.

What are some traditions in China? ›

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What should I avoid in China? ›

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Is burping in China a compliment? ›

In China, burping is treated as any other bodily process, and after a meal, it can indeed serve as a compliment to the chef. It's probably China that originated the pervasive myth about complimentary burping abroad. Sometimes, this rule is conflated with a Japanese one that has to do with slurping.

What religion are Chinese people? ›

China is a country with a great diversity of religious beliefs. The main religions are Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Catholicism and Protestantism. Citizens of China may freely choose and express their religious beliefs, and make clear their religious affiliations.

What's the middle finger in China? ›

A: A thumb placed between the middle and index fingers is an offensive gesture in some parts of China and its meaning is similar to giving the middle finger in Western countries. But Chinese people don't gesture very much and most consider hand gestures to be unnecessary and annoying.

What does two fingers mean in China? ›

If two fingers are pressed together, your hand can look like the numbers "110" - which in China is the emergency contact number for the police. Consequently, the video, which features actors, shows a subtle way that a child can get a message out if they are in trouble.

What does crossed fingers mean in China? ›

There are various ways of doing ten. One common way is to use index fingers from both hands to form a cross. This is a way to mimic its Chinese character 十, which looks like a cross. Another way is to hold a fist, which looks like a rock, and it means 石(shí) in Chinese.

How do you respond to Ni hao ma? ›

Simple Responses in Chinese

Friend: Ni hao ma? (how are you?) You: Wo hen hao! Xie xie. Ni ne? (I am very good, thanks.

What is Namaste in Chinese? ›

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How do you introduce yourself in Chinese? ›

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The most common and simple way to introduce yourself in Chinese is to say “我叫(Wǒ jiào)” followed by your name. Alternatives include “我的名字叫(Wǒ de míngzi jiào)”, “我是(Wǒ shì)” or “我的名字是(Wǒ de míngzi shì)” followed by your name.

What is the Daughters role in a Chinese family? ›

In traditionally patrilineal societies such as China—influenced by the Confucian cultural norm—filial piety is valued as a core virtue, and married sons and daughters-in-law act as the primary caregivers to parents, while married daughters are expected to care for their husband's parents.

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What is the son's role in a Chinese family? ›

In general, the majority of traditional Chinese societies culture concept believes that sons can take responsibility for their family, instead of girls. In other words, traditionally, the blood of the family has been inherited by the male side.

Are people in China polite? ›

To many Chinese learners, Chinese people happen to be bold and rude when speaking. Sometimes they are loud and noisy, and many of them comment on issues that normally people in the western world would not. However, there are still plenty of politeness rules that need to be adhered to in the Chinese community.

Is eye contact rude in China? ›

Making eye contact in China is a sure-fire way to make enemies, not friends. The Chinese people view eye contact as a necessary tool, but not in the same way that other cultures do. In China, people make eye contact when they are angry. It is meant to challenge the other person and is a sign of disrespect.

Is it rude to cross your legs in China? ›

It is considered ill-mannered to point your feet at someone. When crossing your legs, check the direction your feet are pointing. In addition, don't put your feet on a table, or make any kind of gestures at people with them. If someone offers you a business card, always take it with both your hands.

What should I avoid in China? ›

10 Things Not to Do in China
  • Don't Talk about Uncomfortable or Politically Sensitive Topics. ...
  • Don't Disrespect the Customs of Minority Groups and Temples. ...
  • Don't Make Close Personal Contact, Such as a Hug or Kiss. ...
  • Don't Expect Interpersonal Communications to Be the Same. ...
  • Don't Forget Your Manners When Using Chopsticks.
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