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Do you know why Chinese don't like 250? Some interesting Chinese culture you must know .

1.Never get upset in public   不要在公共场合发脾气   

Public displays of anger are frowned upon by the Chinese and are most uncomfortable for them to deal with. This goes right along with making someone (usually the Chinese host) lose face, which you should avoid at all costs. The Chinese place a premium on group harmony, so foreigners should try to swallow hard, be polite, and cope privately.

2.Never accept a compliment graciously   不要理所应当地接受表扬   

You may find yourself at a loss for words when you compliment a Chinese host on a wonderful meal, and you get in response, "No, no,the food was really horrible."  Don't take these words seriously,she/he is  just trying to be humble and polite,modesty is virtue,that's why when they tell you words like, "your Chinese is very good", you should say words like " mama huhu(马马虎虎)"or " Nali, Nali哪里哪里"。当然现在很多年轻也开始跟西方人一样,当别人夸奖自己的时候,也说"谢谢“。

3.Never make someone lose face   别让中国人丢面子   

The worst thing you can possibly do to Chinese acquaintances is publicly humiliate or otherwise embarrass them. Doing so makes them lose face. Don't point out a mistake in front of others or yell at someone.   The good news is that you can actually help someone gain face by complimenting them and giving credit where credit is due. Do this whenever the opportunity arises.中国人爱面子,特别是中国男人,所以中国女人在家可以是女王,让自己的丈夫做这个做那个,但是在外面一定要给丈夫面子。

4.Never let someone else pay the bill without fighting for it  不要等着别人买单   

Chinese consider it good manners to vociferously and strenuously attempt to wrest the bill out of the very hands of whoever happens to have it. This may go on, back and forth, for a good few minutes, until someone "wins" and pays the bill. The gesture of being eager and willing to pay is always appreciated.为了避免别人跟你争着买单,你可以在快吃完的时候说自己要去一下洗手间,然后偷偷去买单。

5.Never show up empty handed  不要空着手去做客   

If you have dinner in someone's house to meet a prospective business partner or for any other pre-arranged meeting, you better bring some gifts,fruits,wine,tea,chocolates,flowers,or something from your country are all good choices.

中国人不会当着客人的面打开礼物,除非客人坚持,不是因为我们不在乎你的礼物,是因为中国人不想显得贪婪。有时候,中国人看到你的礼物时,可能会抱怨你不应该花钱买礼物,其实不是在抱怨,而是另一种表达谢意的方式。

6.Never take the first "No, thank you" seriously   不要把中国人的第一次说的“不,谢谢”当真   

Chinese people automatically refuse food or drinks several times, even if they really feel hungry or thirsty. Never take the first "No, thank you"literally. Even if they say it once or twice, offer it again. A good guest is supposed to refuse at least once, but a good host is also supposed to make the offer at least twice.中国人这样说是因为我们不想给别人添麻烦。其实当家里来了客人,中国人会直接给客人泡好茶,而不是先问客人要不要喝茶,我们觉得这样更礼貌。只有家人或者好朋友来时,才会先问他们要不要喝东西,要喝什么东西。



7.Never accept food, drinks, or gifts without first refusing a few times   不要立刻接受别人给的食物、饮料或礼物   

No self-respecting guests immediately accept whatever may be offered to them in someone's home. No matter how much they may be eager to accept the food, drink,or gift, proper Chinese etiquette prevents them from doing anything that makes them appear greedy or eager to receive it, so be sure to politely refuse acouple of times.

8.不要在中国人面前说台湾或者香港是一个国家,它们都是中国的一部分。

9.跟中国人一起吃饭,“干杯”的时候你的杯子要比别人的低,特别是你的老板,上司或者年龄比你大的人。

10.给别人钱的时候不要给250块,因为二百五在汉语里是骂人的话,swear word。比如:他是一个二百五。"er bai wu" refers to a stupid and a recklessly bold person.

Thanks for reading!    
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