7 Interesting Customs of Chinese Culture ...


China is one of the most fascinating countries on Earth and Chinese customs are beguiling, mystical and ancient.

There are many Chinese customs we are all familiar with, brought to us by many Chinese immigrants over the centuries such as the red money envelope, Feng Shui, the animal astrological calendar, and of course, the New Year celebrations.

But, what about some of the lesser known customs and traditions?

Let’s delve into some of the less famous Chinese customs here.2

1. Gifts

This is the third largest country in the world with an area of 9,600,000 square kilometres, or about 600,000 square miles.

A Westerner is not expected to understand fully the different Chinese customs, some of which are accepted more casually than others.

Some are similar to the Western lifestyle such as the bringing of a gift when invited to visit.

This could be fresh flowers or fruit, and if the quantity of eight is involved in the gift, this is considered an omen that brings good fortune.

2. Acceptance

It is a usual Chinese custom that when presented with a gift or reward, to leave it unwrapped but in a prominent place until it is opened privately.

Should the receiver of a gift open it in front of the giver, then they could be seen as greedy and not appreciating the gift.2

Status and β€œface” play important roles in Chinese customs and society.

Therefore, the type and value of gifts received by people with different status is seen as a crucial issue.

3. Guanxi (Contacts)

As in the western world, contacts (Guanxi) are regarded as a Chinese custom and an essential part of everyday life.

Whether seeking a job or a favor, it is accepted that contacts are used to open doors of opportunity.

However, guanxi is taken far beyond the generally accepted western norms.

It is used by everyone in almost every aspect of getting anything they want, from a show ticket to a visa.

This is one of the ancient customs of China and has existed for centuries and is not considered as any form of bribery.

Business cards are used at every opportunity and could be considered a Chinese custom to present one to every person you meet, to further develop a chain of guanxi.

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