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Chinese Do’s and Don’ts

Chinese Do’s and Don’ts Resized


1) Do address a business associate with their professional title.

2) Do bargain.

3) Do be prepared for random people approaching to you and asking to practice their English.

4) Do be punctual.

5) Do beckon someone by waving them over to you with your palm down.

6) Do carry around a business card of the hotel you are staying in.

7) Do eat all of the rice in your bowl.

8) Do eat what your host offers and orders, including alcohol; it’s rude to refuse.

9) Do fill your companion’s tea cup when it’s empty.

10) Do give your host a gift.

11) Do greet the eldest person in a Chinese family first.

12) Do keep calm when dealing with officials, especially if tense situations arise.

13) Do learn how to use chopsticks correctly.

14) Do present important things to people with both hands.

15) Do present your gift with two arms, and if you are given a gift, receive it with two arms.

16) Do refuse a gift several times before accepting it.

17) Do remove your shoes when entering a Chinese home.

18) Do say hello (ni hao) in Chinese.

19) Do think twice about sharing your opinion especially at formal meetings.

20) Do toast with the word ganbei (“empty glass”).

21) Do touch your glass below that of the eldest person in the group when toasting.

22) Do try to understand indirect communication.


1) Don’t be offended when asked if you’re married.

2) Don’t criticize someone in public.

3) Don’t discuss the three T’s (Taiwan, Tiananmen, Tibet) in class, if you are the teacher.

4) Don’t engage in public displays of affection.

5) Don’t expect to tip everywhere you would tip in Western culture.

6) Don’t give clocks, knives, scissors, white or yellow flowers, or pears as gifts.

7) Don’t immediately put the card away in your pocket or bag.

8) Don’t leave your chopsticks upright in your bowl or tap your bowl with them.

9) Don’t open the gift upon receiving it unless it is insisted upon. Instead, open it later.

10) Don’t point or use your finger (this gesture is used for dogs).

11) Don’t point the bottom of your shoes/feet at someone.

12) Don’t point the spout of the teapot at anyone.

13) Don’t point with your index finger. Instead, use an open hand.

14) Don’t pour your own drink first.

15) Don’t put sugar or milk in your tea.

16) Don’t say “no”.  Instead say “maybe” or “you will think about it”.

17) Don’t shake your feet, lest you shake away all of your luck.

18) Don’t take the last bit of food in a serving plate.

19) Don’t touch someone’s head.

20) Don’t wear bright colors or shorts for business meetings.

21) Don’t whistle or snap your fingers to get someone’s attention.

22) Don’t wrap a gift in white wrapping paper.

23) Don’t write anything in red ink unless you’re correcting an exam.

24) Don’t write on the business card unless you are told to do so.

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US Do’s and Don’ts

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1) Do be direct in communication.

2) Do be on time or five minutes early.

3) Do maintain eye contact when speaking.

4) Do make an effort to understand American cultural values.

5) Do participate in class discussion.

6) Do take credit when credit is due. Also accept blame when blame is due.

7) Do take some chances. Do more than is expected of you.

8) Do understand that rules are more important than relationships.

9) Do use deodorant and brush your teeth or use mouthwash.

10) Do use first names when asked to do so.

11) Do work as quickly and efficiently as possible.

12) Do work to improve language skills, if necessary.


1) Don’t address your professor as “teacher”.

2) Don’t ask “how much did you pay for that” or “how much money do you make”.

3) Don’t be afraid to make and admit to mistakes.

4) Don’t be late.

5) Don’t be too indirect when communicating.

6) Don’t bring a friend with you to a party or dinner without permission from the host.

7) Don’t burp, belch, or pass gas in public.

9) Don’t cheat in class.

10) Don’t confuse constructive advice with criticism.

11) Don’t feel uncomfortable being recognized for individual achievements.

12) Don’t hesitate to ask questions if you don’t understand something.

13) Don’t hit anybody.

14) Don’t pick your nose in public.

15) Don’t plagiarize.

16) Don’t smoke indoors (unless given permission).

17) Don’t spend more than 5 to 10 minutes on someone else’s phone.

18) Don’t take feedback personally.

19) Don’t talk about someone’s weight.

20) Don’t talk about the bathroom.

21) Don’t think that change is bad.

22) Don’t throw trash on the ground or out a window.

23) Don’t treat men and women differently.

24) Don’t worry much about honest disagreements. Some conflict is positive.

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Thailand Do’s and Don’ts

Thailand Do’s and Don’ts Resized


1) Do dress properly when visiting a temple.

2) Do eat with a spoon. Use the fork to load food on to the spoon.

3) Do enjoy yourself. Thais like life to be sanuk.

4) Do lower your body slightly when passing between or in front of people.

5) Do remove your shoes before entering a temple, somebody’s house and even some shops.

6) Do respect all Buddha images.

7) Do smile a lot.

8) Do treat monks with the highest respect.

9) Do try and keep calm no matter what the problem or provocation may be.



1) Don’t be offended by questions about age, marital status or what you do for a living.

2) Don’t be overly affectionate in public.

3) Don’t place your feet on the table while sitting.

4) Don’t point to anything with your feet.

5) Don’t raise your voice or lose your temper.

6) Don’t show disrespect towards the Thai Royal Family.

7) Don’t touch a Thai person’s head or ruffle their hair.

8) Don’t touch anybody with your feet.

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