Lantern festivals, flying dragon costumes, vast and beautiful temples and the Great Wall — these are just a few of the many stunning and mysterious attractions that you’re sure to see when visiting China. However, interacting with day to day Chinese life, people, and events requires tact and knowledge to avoid disrespecting the locals and their traditions with foreign practices and ignorance. Read our list below to get informed on some of the less obvious things to avoid when visiting.
Upright Chopsticks in Rice
It’s your first night in China and you head out to a local restaurant with some friends, barely able to wait to try some authentic rice dishes. Just remember not to leave your chopsticks standing upright and stuck in your rice between bites. Apparently, this act is taboo, as the configuration of the sticks in the rice dish reminds restaurant owners of incense placed in urns at temples: offerings for the dead. Eat respectfully and they’ll be happy to have you back.
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