15 Unusual Chinese Customs That Will Surprise You
Always See Them Through
Chinese make sure to always see guests to the door, because they believe that these small details can change lives more than the larger actions.
What’s White and Black but Red All Over?
Certain colors have different connotations in different cultures. In China, red is a compliment in the form of a gift but an insult when used in writing. White and black are unlucky colors than can symbolize death so they are never used on wedding days or for wrapping important gifts.
When it Comes to Tea, Twice is Nice
Every Chinese will invite another to drink tea at some point, as it is an important part of the culture. However, most Chinese will also turn down this invite the first time.
You must invite them again because it is understood that the first time they say ‘no’ is only to be polite.
A Good Houseguest Brings Nothing
While many countries encourage hospitality by bringing food to another’s home, it is an insult to do this in China because it implies that you think the host will be unable to provide for their guests.
The Exception is Oranges
The exception to the unusual Chinese custom above is on your third visit to a friend’s home. At this time, you are expected to bring a basket of oranges or peaches as a gift and if they return the favor at a later date then it means you share a mutual respect for one another.