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TWCC24 – Chinese Etiquette: Are You Rude by Chinese Standards?, Episode 24

Welcome back to Two White Chicks in China with Hollie and Nora!

Today we’re joined by one of our listeners, Chris, who lives in Shenzhen and actually sent us the question from Episode9!

Our question this week comes from Gerard from the Netherlands and he asks us “How often do you hear people talking about you?”

In This Episode We Talk About…

  • Chris, our special guest.
  • Comments from our listeners!
  • Have you heard of the Armpit Hair Competition, The Belly Button Challenge, and the newest ‘craze’ to hit China, The Collarbone Challenge?
  • Join Chris’s Back Knee Challenge on Instagram! 😀
  • Dirty looks and ‘protecting’ their flock.
  • Nobody holds doors
  • Queuing, or not.
  • Eating loudly. Learn the word for ‘a group of people eating‘ in Chinese.
  • Blowing your nose without a tissue.
  • “When will you get married?”
  • Table and tea drinking etiquette.
  • No thank yous.
  • Gifting.
  • “Gan Bei!”
  • Explore the idea!
  • Our Chinese word of the week is ‘polite/manners’ – 礼貌 (lǐ mào)
  • If you have a question for us, please send us a voicemail or leave us a message below!
  • If you want to contact Chris, you can get him on his blog and on twitter @chrisedwards_au
  • People and Companies We Mentioned in the Show

    Episode Length 01:09:28

    Thanks so much for tuning in. Join us again next Thursday for our next topic and another question from one of our listeners!
    If you want to ask us a question you can Send us a Voicemail!

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    Thanks for listening guys!
    – Hollie & Nora

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    business people and boss with bow and scrape

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  • […] An epic comment on Chinese etiquette. Listen to Episode 24 about Chinese Etiquette here! […]

  • […] over the next 4 years of being in China I did begin to learn some things about politeness and etiquette in China (I’m still learning, honestly), and it may be different to what I’m used to, but it’s just as […]

  • Chinabob says:

    Having been to countless dinners with business people I can tell you this web site kind of sums up the seating arrangements pretty well: http://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/chinese-food/seating-arrangement.htm

    The lazy Susan thing actually goes both ways. You can do it for others AND for yourself but yes do it slowly and make sure others are already done picking what they want.

    As for the thank you knuckle wrapping thing for tea, etc that’s pretty much a Guangdong thing. You don’t get that up north much

    The thanking of people being thought of as unnecessary is kind of summed up by the term 不用客气 bù yòng kè qi Basically don’t be so polite.

    If there is alcohol involved be prepared for lots of toasting, you should follow suit as well.

    Most of what was said otherwise seems accurate, except you must remember that many of these things are varied depending on local culture.

  • […] More on etiquette here at TWCC24  […]

  • […] over the next 4 years of being in China I did begin to learn some things about politeness and etiquette in China (I’m still learning, honestly), and it may be different to what I’m used to, but it’s just as […]

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