Faced for the first time with the Chinese even in domestic matters, you will be discouraged by their behavior.
Chinese – are not the Europeans with black hair and yellow skin. This means that even speaking the same language with them (English or Chinese through an interpreter), you should be prepared that the same information can be taken in different ways.
The Chinese are very funny, sincere and smart people, but their understanding of the rules of etiquette do not coincide with the rules of the European people. Therefore they can easily ask about age, marital status, and children. The Chinese have a lot of all kinds of norms and rules of behavior that they observe.
Traditional Chinese bows mainly in China today are out of vogue, except, perhaps, old people. Most Chinese people have successfully adapted Western habit of shaking hands. Hugging and kissing as a way of greeting is not acceptable and should be avoided – Chinese don’t understand it.
In the worldview of any Chinese people around him are divided into “we” and “they”. “They” can be deceiving: most of the Chinese stories told about the various tricks and tweaks applicable to “others”. But if you’ve if studied with the Chinese at the same university or lived in his hometown, you have a chance to be taken for “our”. They believe they are always right, so dissuade them directly in this is not necessary.
That is why you shouldn’t forget that the understanding of friendship among Europeans and Chinese is very different. The European friendship is based on an emotional sensing that is unacceptable to the Chinese. In China, under the mutual friendship means mutual benefit.
The Chinese love a bargain and appreciate those who know how to do it. If you decide to go to a market, you will notice that the prices offered you are quite high. Moreover, if you’ll buy for it’s real price, you are unlikely to be held in respect of the Chinese.
They are very hospitable so you should never give up on the first invitations to lunch or dinner. This is an essential ritual, if it does not comply, then you insult your partner. But the subsequent invitations you can gently refuse, of course, for a good reason.
The main thing to point at is the “face” of the Chinese – the foundation of the social existence: reputation and respect of others. The loss of the “face”, especially in front of an foreigner remains as a spot in biography and a wound in heart.
The proper behavior, according to the Chinese, must combine the lack of fussiness, unnecessary body movements and at the same time compliance with all rules of behavior and traditions.