15 Unusual Chinese Customs That Will Surprise You

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Always See Them Through

Always See

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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?

White and Black

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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

Tea Twice

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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

Bring Nothing

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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

Oranges

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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.

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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.