5 things you should avoid doing on your next trip to China

China’s history and culture are extensive and diverse. Visitors should refrain from engaging in any illegal activities once they arrive in the country.


The Chinese way of life is a mash-up of different traditions. Visitors to the country would be wise to become acquainted with these issues prior to their arrival.

Do not leave a tip for the waitress

According to China Highlights, tips are not required in most parts of China. It is customary in the United States to leave a tip of 15-20% of the bill for a meal out, but many Chinese people find this practice offensive. Some service providers, such as cab drivers, hotel employees, and servers, may become irritated if you tip them. Tipping may be perceived as condescending in China, or as an assumption of poverty.

You are not wearing a green hat

Those who have only visited China’s major cities may be unaware that green hats are frowned upon. One reason for this is the Chinese proverb “long l hoa z,” which translates to “wear a green hat” and has the connotation of being the lover of an adultery. Wearing a green hooded sweatshirt may have the same meaning for some locals. Visitors should not wear green hats while visiting the country.

Don’t put the chopsticks in the bowl when eating rice

According to the Chinese language learning website Ninchanese, placing chopsticks upright in a bowl of rice is a sign of death. Some Chinese compare the practice to the funeral custom of lighting incense to the deceased. A visitor to China mentioned on social media that sticking your chopsticks in your food is bad luck. You should also avoid pointing your chopsticks and knocking on bowls. Many locals consider this to be impolite.

Avoid hugging each other on the first meeting

It may be awkward for some ethnic Chinese to embrace strangers. While today’s youth may be more accepting of different points of view than previous generations, they may consider it impolite to hug someone who they find sexually attractive. Historically, the country of a billion people has regarded public displays of affection as impolite. Hugging or kissing someone on the cheek for the first time is considered impolite in China. Tourists should shake hands or nod to show their appreciation and respect.

No timepieces should be given

In Chinese, giving someone a watch has the same connotation as planning a funeral. Although public displays of affection between young people may appear to be different, The Beijinger advises against it. The Chinese word for clock has a funeral connotation. It is widely held that giving someone a watch will bring them bad luck. Tourists should avoid gifts of scented candles and cut flowers because they are associated with death and funerals.

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