China Local Customs

  • Local Customs
    by blueskyjohn
  • Local Customs
    by blueskyjohn
  • Local Customs
    by blueskyjohn

China Local Customs

  • Spitting

    Beijing Local Customs

    The Chinese are huges fans of hocking up everything in their throat and spitting it anywhere and everywhere. They believe that it is a hygenic thing to do, more so than our western tradition of blowing our noses and sticking the tissue in our pockets! Do not be offended by the constant sounds of loosening throats, just remember to watch where...

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  • Medicine

    Xi'an Local Customs

    I've been sick in China once and went to a Chinese medicine shop. They doctor told me to open my mouth and asked the nurse what it looked like- he was pretty much blind. Then he prescribed some herbs to mix and make Chinese Medicinal Tea with. It tasted like arse but did the trick.

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  • Eating and Drinking

    Beijing Local Customs

    Lotus pods are found being sold by street vendors. I purchased this one at Huo Hai Lake. It was 10RMB for two. You definitely should inspect the pod, looking for seed shells that are empty. The way you eat this is to remove the seed from the pod. Then peel the seed. if you like you can split the seed to see the sprout inside. The lotus seed has a...

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  • Board Games

    Xi'an Local Customs

    I don´t know if I should call it as a 'cultural tip' because you won´t go Xi´An to play chess. No, I don´t mean the game what the Westerner play but Chinese Chess. Once I saw a group of men standing on the street and they stared on the floor. I am curious so I was interested to find out what they were looking for... I went near to them and then I...

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  • Taking Photos

    Beijing Local Customs

    I met the lady in the Temple of Heaven Park, early in the morning. She was very friendly, started talking to me (of course, apart from 'Ni hao' I couldn't understand what she was saying) and when I asked her, through signs, whether I can photograph her, she accepted with pleasure. I generally notice that Chinese people have a passion for...

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  • Language

    Beijing Local Customs

    The Chinese authorities certainly have quite some sense of humour, don't they? Do you understand what they are trying to tell you? Or warn you?? But then again, they have come a long way...... At least they are trying. Good luck to you if you don't speak Mandarin, I've problem communicating with the locals, especially in Beijing. Hardly anyone...

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  • Morning Exercises

    Beijing Local Customs

    Like what I've Said, senior citizens of Beijing Never had it so easy that after retiring at 55 years old, they are well taken care of by the government and provided with sustainable needs that they have so much free time to do that they usually congregate at public parks around the Beijing Area and do many kinds of activities like playing Chinese...

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  • Festivals

    Beijing Local Customs

    During NewYear's, Beijing needs you to wear earplugs. First things said first, consider the public offices to be closed but not restaurants or all of the shops. In fact that is when many people make lots of business including malls. If you're only concerned with visiting the Great Wall, take a whole day off or 2thirds of one and go to MuTianYu,...

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  • Shopping/Bargaining

    Beijing Local Customs

    They have some really nice handy craft in China, and they can be pretty cheap, if you are a hard bargainer. Bought the picture for RMB50 in a shop. Thought it was a good bargain, I bought 4. When it started, the lady asked for RMB100. After some arm wrestling bargaining, we settled at 4 for RMB200, I walked away, gleefully. Then, on the street...

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  • Beijing Opera and Acrobats

    Beijing Local Customs

    Acrobatics have a long tradition in china, and going to see a show can be recommended. I went to a show with a guided tour, witch might not have been the best thing to do if I wanted to see top quality acrobatics, but it was OK. After all: It's a show that you can see several places.

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  • Streets and Traffic

    Beijing Local Customs

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  • Superstitions

    Beijing Local Customs

    Chinese tradition has a special veneration for mountains. That was a problem in Beijing, with the emperor's palace staying in a very flat area. The solution? Building a mountain. Thus we can see inside the Forbidden City a temple atop a pile of rocks, technically (and officially) a small mountain.

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  • Toilets

    Beijing Local Customs

    personal hygiene set for sale available at hotel rooms for 20 RMB and has towels, bath liquid soap, shampoo, lotion, tootbrush and toot paste. for people who forgot to pack their toilettries after arriving here. it is very convenient hehehe, the front desk will just charge you after you check out.

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  • Hutongs

    Beijing Local Customs

    Red as a color of positive affirmation in China is one the ways to articulate otherwise solid, colorless walls of the buildings or as in this case, one of the gates to a residence in a hutong - a traditional living structure of homes and lanes as a homogenous unit of the city. The things as such are like 'village' within megacity, shelter of closed...

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  • Dress Code

    Beijing Local Customs

    The Chinese people dress more conservatively than Westerners. Men do not wear shorts and women do not wear sleeveless outfits. Chinese women also do not wear tracksuits. Blue jeans, however, are popular among the Chinese youths.

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  • History

    Beijing Local Customs

    In ancient China people divided the night into five Gengs. A Geng was an ancient time unit used to divide the night, every Geng marked a Shichen (another time division unit which is the equivalent to two hours). The first Geng came at dusk and was called Xu (dog) (from 19:00-21:00) also known as the Ding Geng; the second Geng, marking the time...

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  • Art and Galleries

    Beijing Local Customs

    During 2011 Chinese National Day, I saw this beautiful Lotus and Jade Flowers displayed near the South Gate, Temple of Heaven. Chinese has own beliefs and understanding of Lotus and Jade. The signboard was written as the following: " Lotus is the symbol of loftiness and sanctity in people's heart. Jade is one of China's traditional sacrificial...

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  • Games

    Beijing Local Customs

    We met a man who raises and trains fighting crickets. He showed us one of his crickets and the little jar he keeps them in. A cricket lives about 3 months, and their fighting career is only one month.

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  • Cloisonne

    Beijing Local Customs

    Cloisonne: Beijing is where cloisonne making originated. The earliest was made in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). The best was made during the Xuan De period (1426-1456) of the Ming Dynasty. During the Jing Tai period of the same dynasty, handicraftsmen found a dark-blue enamel which gave cloisonne a gorgeous, solemn look & is still used today.

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  • Funeral

    Sometimes on the streets in China you can see people celebrating a funeral.Some musicians make a lot of noice with their trumpets and drums. The mourners wear white dresses or at least a white band around their heads.For more please see my travelogue on my Yangshuo page!Alos important for funerals are in some places in China big and colorful flower...

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  • Chinese games

    Chinese love to play games. What proves it is that e.g. the train station in Pingyao provides games for passangers ;) One of the most popular games is Xiangqi - Chinese chess. In cities, towns and villages you will find groups of men sitting at the game board. Some are playing, others just watch. Sometimes they organize something like competitions...

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  • Chinese Toilets

    Most toilets in big cities like Beijing and Shanghai are like the west and most are not squats toilets. Just go to a KFC or McDonalds to fine one. But you should always carry your own tissues. They will have men and women in English and Chinese along with the international stick figures. The Chinese character for women looks like a pregnant women....

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  • Take a picture with the locals

    Many local people like to have their photo taken with western foreigners. I don't know why but they do. Some people find this annoying, especially western foreigners living in China. But I just go with the flow as long as I also get a picture and not short for time.The girl in the first picture wanted to take a picture of me with her male...

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  • Chinese spit

    If you hear a loud 'harrrh...' from the behind and a sound of spit hitting the ground - don't be afraid! It is only a local custom. Everyone spits...men...women... In some places it is forbidden - you may see pictograms saying 'no spitting here', generally in a public transport.It may happen that someone spit on your foot by accident ;)

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  • Social dinner etiquette: Cheers!

    My Chinese hosts arranged a wonderful welcome dinner for me. My wine glass was filled, and my interpreter whispered in my ear: "The Director wants to cheer with you". This meant that I was to drink wine with him: stand up, hold my glass, listen to his greetings, say a few greeting words myself and drink standing up (as he did).Then after five...

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  • Dealing with the language barrier

    Away from corporate offices, hotels, airports, universities and tourist sites, you will find that most Chinese people do not speak a foreign language. As a result, you should learn a few basic phrases of Mandarin. The three phrases that we need most frequently were xie xie (thank you - pronounced "shay shay"), ni hao (hello - pronounced "nee how"),...

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  • AVOID POLUTION WEAR A FACE MASK

    CHINA When travelling through China I noticed most people wearing protective face masks. As the polution is extreme this is a really important practice to also do. I already had some protective particle face masks that I got previously when in Vietnam where the traffic polution was also horrific. I constantly used them in Mongolia also because of...

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  • Tai Chi

    Definition from Wikipedia: , is a type of internal Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training and its health benefits. It is also typically practiced for a variety of other personal reasons: its hard and soft martial art technique, demonstration competitions, and longevity. As a consequence, a multitude of training forms exist,...

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  • Chopsticks

    When travelling in China, you better get used to eating with chopsticks - even noodle soup is served with chopsticks!I remember the first meal we had in China! I thought to myself: "well, I either practise now or I will starve" - and I practised and enjoyed the most delicious food ever!!!In westernized hotels and restaurants you will get a knife...

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  • Urban Construction Projects

    Chinese cities are dramatically increasing in size and economic strength, leading to a boom in massive urban construction projects. These construction projects include infrastructure improvements, such as roads, highways, bridges, airports, and deep-water ports; residential highrises; and privately owned office buildings.Ever since Deng Xiao Ping...

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  • Agriculture in the Pearl River Delta

    The Pearl River Delta is the low-lying region surrounding the estuary where the Pearl River flows into the South China Sea. The region forms the world's largest urban agglomeration, with about 120,000,000 people living in the four main cities of Guangzhou, Dongguan, Shenzhen, and Hong Hong and the clusters of built-up urban areas between those...

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  • Chinese Kindergarten

    Most day trips from Hong Kong to mainland China include a stop at a Chinese kindergarten. On a day when school is not in session, the trip includes a stop at a factory or other cultural attraction. The first stop on my tour of Shenzhen was a kindergarten, where the children sang songs, danced, and played musical instruments. The program lasted...

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  • The Shekou Free Market

    Most day trips from Hong Kong to mainland China include a stop at the Shekou Free Market. The market features fresh vegetables, fruits, and meat. While tourists might buy some fruit to eat later during their tour, the vegetables and meat are something that tourists obviously would not purchase. Nevertheless, it is an interesting experience to see...

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  • Chinese Visas

    Despite the fact that Hong Kong is now a Special Administrative Zone of China, visitors will still need a Chinese visa to travel to the mainland. Travelers who book a day trip can obtain a group visa through the tour company. Another option is to get a tourist visa before leaving home. I obtained my visa at the Chinese consulate in Chicago....

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  • Taking pics

    Chinese people like to take pics. Even though it is forbidden to take pics in museums, they do not care. Now in most Chinese museums you take pics, but are not allowed to use tripods and flash lights. As Westerners look very exotic to Chinese, they like to have their foto taken with you. They ask and then I normally ask them to use my camera to...

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  • Weddings

    A weddings means a lot to Chinese people. Many rituals and customs have been lost in course of history, but many are observed even today. It is practiced in honor of family value and respect to committed relationship. So a wedding is an event, that takes some time in preparation. Some time before the offical wedding day the wedding pictures are...

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  • Cross the road at the red light?

    It happens a lot here.It's certainly the Chinese feature that the people here never want to wait for one minute to cross the road. It never seems a public transportation rule obeyed by many Chinese, thus the accident occurance gets increased a lot. However, it's also another interesting aspect that you will be probably left behind on the road if...

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  • Bargain, bargain and bargain...

    Bargain for better prices in markets, small shops, with small sellers and anything private (or black sale). It usually goes faster than in arabic countries. I usually offered less than half price of what was initially said and came to an acceptable price. If you show no interest in the offered price and want to move away, they will accept your...

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  • Chinese Chess

    In China the name of the game is Xiangqi: Elephan Game. It is a board game for two players. It a very popular game in China and Chinese places. You can see people playing it in the parks and at the side of the roads. The game represents a battle between two armies, with the object of capturing the enemy's "general" piece. It is a very old game,...

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  • Sour Milk/Yogurt

    A lot of Chinese love their locally produced yogurt. It costs 2 Yuan and should be consumed at the store. It may cost 50% more if bought at a tourist spot. It is very refreshing and very tasty.

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  • Spitting and all that

    Don't raise your eyebrow or stare at disbelief at a local who spits or makes noise with his/her nose or throat before finally spitting. After all, it is their country and you are a guest. Put up with it.

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  • Dress Code in Summer

    In summer, you will find people wearing shorts and comfortable shoes or sandals in public. Generally, Chinese women do not show cleavages so foreigners who do so will most probably attract the attention of the locals.

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  • Laughter

    Chinese are a happy people. You will be surprised to find out how easy for the Chinese to laugh or to smile. Do not get turned off if somebody laughs or chuckles all the time. It is much better compared to being with a grumpy person all the time.

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  • No tipping please

    Beijing has opened its doors to tourists. Let us not spoil their culture. They render services because they consider it their job to perform their duties. Please do not leave tips in the restaurants. Waitresses will call you back and tell you that you have forgotten your money. Please do not give tips to the Concierge or hotel staff who call taxis...

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  • Picture taken, you with a Chinese

    Chinese people likes to go on a picture with you.If you have ordered a meal you will be served soup at the last.

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