• The Chinese are not keen on physical contact, especially when doing business. The only circumstance in which it may take place is when a host is guiding a guest. Even then contact will only be made by holding a cuff or sleeve. It is considered rude to slap, pat, or put one’s arm around the shoulders of another.
    • On the eve of Chinese New Year, it is a faux pas to completely eat a fish at a reunion dinner as there are specific customs surrounding this.
    • It is a faux pas to attend a wedding while in mourning as it is believed to bring bad luck to the marrying couple.
    • It may be considered shocking for a pregnant woman to attend a funeral due to the belief that this endangers her baby.

  • While splitting bills at restaurants as is common among younger people, older adults might consider it a matter of prestige to pay for the bill and will often compete for the honour. Allowing another to pay the bill without some protest may be a faux pas.
  • Many standards of Western etiquette, on the other hand, apply in the former crown colony of Hong Kong.
  • In mainland China, especially when showing respect, when giving cash to someone, it is given to one with both hands and the head slightly bowed. Cash bills are usually held in both hands, and the receiver picks them up. To drop money from the top down into somebody’s hands is seen as giving charity and may be considered rude


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