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5 Cultural Mistakes to Avoid in China | WiseAdmit

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
  • Don’t Embarrass Someone Publicly
  • Don’t Visit a Chinese Person’s Home Empty-Handed
  • Don’t Stab your Chopsticks Vertically on your Food
  • Don’t Use Only One Hand to Receive or Give Things
  • Don’t Take the First “Yes or No” Seriously

5 Cultural Mistakes to Avoid in China

China’s colorful culture and diverse landscapes make it a country that tops many bucket lists. Chinese people are extremely amiable and hospitable, but social customs in China are not the same as in the west. It is always advisable to follow local rules and social customs so that no one gets offended. To have a safe and memorable trip to China, here are 5 things that you should not do while in China.


Don’t Embarrass Someone Publicly

In Chinese culture, reputation is very important. It represents a person’s feelings of prestige and it's deeply rooted in society to be cautious about how you speak out against another individual because doing so will make them feel ashamed or decorated with public shame which can last for generations if not dealt with properly by family members who care enough! One way that foreigners might embarrass their hosts when conversing would involve pointing out mistakes without respecting what could potentially lead to an embarrassing situation - don't do this! You should also think before speaking so as prevent any misunderstandings during your stay here


Don’t Visit a Chinese Person’s Home Empty-Handed

Gifts are routinely shared amongst Chinese people, and not simply on particular occasions. It is customary to bring a present to a dinner party hosted by a Chinese acquaintance. It might be a fruit basket, a box of chocolates, or a bottle of wine (or a soft drink). If they have a young child, a toy will be appreciated. They are widely accessible at supermarkets and grocery stores. Unlike westerners, Chinese folks will not usually open your present right away. They’ll set it away and open it once you’ve left. This does not imply that they dislike the present; it is simply a reflection of their culture. There is also a traditional custom to attach a feather with or on the gift. This defines the gift as Qian-li-song-er-mao, literally, a swan feather from a thousand miles: meaning a gift that may be small but, carries with it the sincere wishes of the sender


Don’t Stab your Chopsticks Vertically on your Food

Chopsticks are the most often used dining utensils in China. When learning how to use them, there’s one rule that needs remembering: do not leave your chopstick vertically inside of rice bowls! This is like having two incense sticks stuck with food on top- an offering for those who have died. Once you're done eating simply put it alongside any dishes leftovers so they can be cleaned up properly before another person uses them or prepares their own meal.


Don’t Use Only One Hand to Receive or Give Things

When presenting or receiving anything in China, it is customary to use both hands. As stated earlier about the significance of gift giving, the gift of offering has been viewed as an extension on behalf of oneself and should be given with equal consideration for the recipient - this act symbolizes respect between parties involved while also maintaining good form by following proper procedures during interactions whether personal like business cards which need not go sailing through one's fingers but rather can stay firmly planted upon whatever surface they rest atop (a desk); social gatherings where hand-shaking generally occurs after introductions may be concluded prior so we may all know each


Don’t Take the First “Yes or No” Seriously

In many cultures, “yes” means yes and “no” means no, however in Chinese, “yes” signifies no, and “no” occasionally means yes. Being direct and forthright in conversation is considered disrespectful and harsh in China. For example, if you go to a Chinese friend’s house and tell them that it’s extremely lovely, they’ll usually respond with “no, it’s not nice, it’s shabby.” But they are immensely proud of their home in their hearts. 


 

So to conclude. these are some of the MOST important DON’Ts that you need to remember, either as an international student or just as a foreigner going to China. If you don’t make these mistakes, you are sure to avoid any awkward and uncomfortable moments in China. And, as always, if you have any questions or need help with anything related to studying in China, don’t hesitate to reach out!

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