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10 Things You Must Know About Chinese Weddings

1 Vows Chinese weddings are not the place where vows take place, as this is done at a local government office beforehand when the paperwork is signed. Therefore if you attend a Chinese wedding you will not be watching the legalization of the marriage, but just be attending the celebration of the union between two…

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Chinese Drinking Culture

A HANDFUL OF RULES, in case you find yourself at a Chinese party — and by this I mean fully Chinese, as in your Chinese boss or business partner invites you for dinner and you’re the only foreigner there (drinking with young Chinese people in mixed company doesn’t count — they’ll do things ‘our’ way).…

Do’s and Don’ts in China

Greeting Address a person by an honorific title or by Mr., Mrs., or Miss plus the family name. A handshake is the most common form of greeting, or just a nod. The oldest person is always greeted first as a sign of respect. Table Manners Drinking a toast – tap the table twice, and stand…

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Top 10 Attractions in China

The Great Wall of China In the eyes of most travelers, you haven’t been to China if you haven’t climbed the Great Wall. One of the iconic symbols of China, the Great Wall is the longest wall in the world, an awe-inspiring feat of ancient defensive architecture. Its winding path over rugged country and steep…

British Encourage Citizens to “Work Like the Chinese”

The British Conservative Party has encouraged citizens to “Work like the Chinese,” while reducing family tax credits. The Party said that low-income Britons must work hard “like the Chinese do,” in order not to be dependent on government welfare. This line of thinking, has of course, angered a number of British citizens. The call to…

15 Facts You Should Know about Drinking Chinese Tea

1 There are 6 major types of Chinese tea Chinese tea can be classified into different categories. One of the classification methods is based on the different procedures used in processing tea and the characteristics of the tea thus made. Under this method, Chinese tea is classified into 6 major types, namely green tea, white…

Baijiu, The White Devil

1 General knowledge of Baijiu Baijiu, or “shaojiu” is a Chinese distilled alcoholic beverage. The name baijiu literally means “white liquor,” “white alcohol” or “white spirits.” Baijiu is often mistakenly translated as “wine” or “white wine,” but it is actually a distilled liquor, generally about 80 to 120 proof, or 40-60% alcohol by volume. It…

How to Get a Credit Card in China

If you make a sizeable income, having a Chinese credit card has a few main benefits. You can save money on exchange rates by having money available directly in RMB and rack up points to redeem for flights, hotels, etc. Credit cards also make it possible to make larger purchases without the money immediately available…

Why are Chinese so Concerned About Their Mianzi?

“Mianzi/面子”, meaning face, is something that Chinese people value the most in their interaction with people around them. We gathered some interesting facts about “Mianzi” from various sources. Please enjoy. And have a good week! 1 What is face? If you check a dictionary, you’ll see that the original intended meaning of mianzi (面子mianzi) was…