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The oldChinese saying"foodcomes first" is still true in the lives of Chinese  , and eating has long been a rich par of Chinese cultural life.
Nowadays, table culture in China fulfils an important social function.There are numerous occasions for Chinese people to sit at the same dining table
, such as weddings, funerals, dates, engagements,moving to a new house,
 celebrating starting university, finding a good job, being promoted at work,
express your gratitude to someone, apologizing to someone, finding a girlfriend,and many other occasions. Moreover,there are also various dinner 
parties for old classmates meeting again,birthdays and such events.The 
Chinese need little excuse for a celebratory meal.


A chinesestyle dinner party serves the function of socialising sending a  
message about friendship and identifying all diners as part of the same group. 
To conduct business at a dinner table is a common practice, as it creates 
a casual atmosphere. If the diners fail to settle a business matter during
their meal. they can still eat and drink without antagonising each other.

There are some traditions regarding seating at a Chinese dining table. 
Chinese people love round tables for over ten guests, because more people 
sitting together createa greater atmosphere of fun and intimacy much like the British phrase "the more, the merrier".
Seating positions are clearly defined in terms of respect. Usually the seat 
opposite the door and furthest inside the room is the most honoured seat, 
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. 
Thanks for reading!    
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