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Chinese Table Manners

Chinese Table Manners

Being an important part of Chinese culture, table manners in China have formed to be a perfect system with a long history. In people’s daily life, the table manners are regarded to be very important for banquet is not only the place for dining but also for sociality. Chinese people are taught these table manners since they were children. No matter you are a host or a guest, it is necessary to master these golden rules.

Hosts will welcome guests in the entry door. The honored guests should be fist and host the last. If it is a round table, the guests can seat casually with other telling the honored seats. But, hosts always sit on the seats close to the door. While, if it is a square table, the seat facing the door regards to be the most honored for the most important guest or the oldest. The left seat close to the seats is the second most important and the right one is the third. The host will sit the seat close the door in order to supply dishes.

After guests have seated, tea is indispensable. You must make sure that the spout of the teapots should not point anyone. The nest course will be dishes. The dishes are putted on the center of table and everyone has a plate before him or her. One should get dishes from communal plates to his plate. Different from the western table manners, it is not impolite to get dishes across over other dishes. Hosts will be glad if you taste every dish for it means you like all the dishes. It is not surprising to see there are a much more dishes than you can eat up. Supplying over dishes is one way to show the host’s hospitality. Please make sure do not eat the last in the plate, for hosts will fell awkward if all the dishes are eaten up, regarding there are not enough food supplied. Different from western counties, Chinese people use chopsticks and spoons instead of the forks and knives. One should never keep his chopsticks upright on his bowl, for which regarded to commemorate the death. When eating, people can talk about business, education and their pleasant experience. The gloomy events should not be mentioned. Talking with a full mouth is an impolite behavior.

As a Chinese old saying” there is not banquet without wine”, dinner always begins with a toast, with hosts expressing their welcome.

Except a formal banquet or close friends, it is polite to make an effort to pay in restaurant. It is not surprise to see people argue loudly to pay.

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