China, or maybe you follow that one Instagram famous person from China – but there is a lot more to know before you visit the country for yourself.
We’ve gathered a few facts about China’s culture and history that are worth the read before you hop on that plane.
If someone bows to you offer to shake their hand but do not go in for a hug because many Chinese citizens do not like to be touched by strangers.
Be sure to introduce people with their name and their title. For example, John Lee, CEO of Galaxy Incorporated or Sarah Smith, student at Cambridge University.
And that old saying, “respect your elders,” most definitely applies in China. It’s important to show the most respect to anyone who is older than you.
It’s also nice to bring a small gift when you meet someone for the first time. Expect them to refuse it several times, and be sure to do the same if anyone offers a gift to you.
When gesturing always use an open hand, never use your index finger. The Chinese consider this rude.
Do not put your feet up on a chair or cushion no matter how comfortable it may be. While it may be okay at home, it’s definitely not here.
But don’t worry, starring and burping are accepted. So hey, go ahead and guzzle that soda.
It is safe to dress modestly and in simple clothes. That means those sport jerseys or that crop top you love are probably best left at home.
Panda Express isn’t what you’ll be eating when you’re in China. They tend to eat more vegetables and meats.
There are no serving spoons for shared dishes. Instead you use the other end of your chopsticks to take your food.
There’s not just the Chinese language. There are actually several dialects that make it up like Mandarin and Cantonese.
China is almost the same size as the continental USA. The difference is that China one official time zone while the continental USA has four.
China’s history is marked by dynasties. Each one started when a new emperor ruled. The first was the Qin Dynasty that started in 221 B.C.
Every year is represented by one of China’s 12 animals. 2017 is the year of the Rooster!
It took roughly 37 years to create the Terracotta Army made of 8,000 clay soldiers who guard an emperor’s tomb – talk about a long project!
The Chinese rarely say “No.” Instead they’ll use other words like “maybe” or “we’ll see.”
It’s better not to give a compliment. Yes, you were probably taught to say something nice but the Chinese do not accept compliments. Instead, they’ll be humble and come back with the truth.
You know those squats you’ve been doing, well they’ll finally come in handy because you’ll most likely have to squat to reach the toilet. And BYTP (bring your own toilet paper).
Some cool places to look at, Snap to friends, or post about while you’re there include The Forbidden City in Beijing, the Great Wall, and the Stone Forest.
Contributed by Samantha Watkins