While browsing on the Tennis Masters website for the Shanghai tourney, this one has caught my attention:
CULTURAL DOS AND DONíTS
1. When presenting and receiving gifts or business card, use both hands.
2.Do attempt to use chopsticks even though you donít know how. It is much appreciated.
3. Be very specific when asking questions. Itís best to ask yes/no questions.
4. Always eat whatís in front of you. Itís considered impolite to reach for food thatís on the other side of the plate.
5. Always address someone you do not know with his/her title (Ms.,Mrs., MrÖ.) and family name.
6. If you are a guest at a lunch/dinner function,wait to be seated.
7. Eat first and ask later. Itís considered impolite not to try the food.
8. Negotiate for everything with street vendors. Start with 5-10%.
9. Be patient and flexible.
10. Expect the unexpected.
1.Do not place a business card in your wallet and then the back pocket of your trousers.
2. Avoid physical contact (touching on shoulders, arms or back) when dealing with people. Chinese do not like to be touched by people they do not know.
3. Try not to drop your chopsticks. Itís considered bad luck.
4. At a banquet function, do not begin your meal or drink until your host does. Your host may want to begin with a toast.
5.Do not finish the last bit of food on the dish. It gives your host the impression that you are still hungry.
6. Do not give watches or clocks as gifts. It represents "running out of time."
7.Do not give pears to couples. It denotes separation.
8.Do not wait in line in most public places. Every man is for himself.
9.Do not stand your chopsticks in the rice bowl. Itís believed to bring bad luck to the family.
10.Do not place chopsticks parallel to your bowl or plate. Place them on the table or chopsticksí stand.