15 Unusual Chinese Customs That Will Surprise You

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Save Affection for Later

Affection

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Chinese families save affection for loved ones. Parents and family will rarely be seen being affectionate, and in particular they will never kiss one another.

Plastic to Protect

Plastic

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Prized possessions in a Chinese household will always include certain technological or electronic devices, for example the television remote control.

Just in case a remote gets infected with germs, Chinese will make sure to keep it safely in a plastic case, bag or wrap.

Super Savers

Savers

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Chinese are known for their smart wits and mathematical prowess. Although this is just a stereotype, it is true that most Chinese will safely deposit any amount of cash they have in a bank even if it is very small.

Politely Being Impolite

Impolite

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At the dinner (or lunch or breakfast…) table, people will often be found picking at their teeth and inspecting what food may be left over; however, they will always make sure to cover their mouths with their hands to be a bit more “discrete”.

Although this may appear to be an unusual Chinese custom, it is simply a matter of respect paired with efficiency.

Chopsticks Could Insult the Cook

Chopsticks

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If you don’t handle your chopsticks properly when eating, you may inadvertently insult the chef. For example, never play your rice bowl like a drum set.

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Katie Steinharter

Katie Steinharter

Katie Steinharter lives in Denver, Colorado but finds herself at home all around the world. She recently spent three months traveling through Southeast Asia and Australia, helping social enterprises and NGOs develop strategic marketing plans. Currently Katie is a freelance writer and marketing consultant for start-ups in Colorado. In her free time you may find her reading a book at her local cafe, on the backside of any Colorado ski resort, or just laying on a hammock in the backyard of her parents’ house in Maine.