which is often taken by the guest, or the eldest person.
In traditional Chinese restaurants, one or two menus are generally provided
for a table. Ordering food is worked out together by diners,who try to select
food everybody likes without catering to their own preferences.
All the dishes are placed in the middle of the table and are shared by
everybody.Persuading people to drink more wine or eat more food is an
indication of hospitality and friendship. Sometimes this may be shown by
taking food from the centrally placed dishes to put on other people's plates.If you want to take food for someone,you better do it before you start eating.
Bill paying customs in China are also slightly different. The one who organized the dinner is usually the one who pays the bill rather than each diner paying for his or her own food. For meals arranged for socialising, the key is not what to eat, but whom to dine with and what the purpose is of dining together. When this is established, the decision regarding who pays the bill is naturally solved.
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