The Strangest Chinese Customs That Every Tourist Should Know About

By Jack Yang / March 5, 2017

China is definitely one of those countries that you should visit at least once in your life. It holds many attractions for tourists and is generally rich in history and culture. But finding yourself in China might make you wonder about their strange ways. If you do wind up in any province, city or region in China, it’s best to learn their ways then to get the titles of biggest tourist in China. Some of their ways and customs may strike you as odd at first but believe me when is say that everything has a meaning.

Chopstick Placement

Chopsticks are the only cutlery you’ll see in China, well at least in most parts. There is one thing and one thing only that you should avoid when using chopsticks in crowded restaurants. Leaving your chopsticks upright in your rice bowl. Apparently, it will bring some bad luck to you, and your companions as leaving chopsticks like this is the way rituals were performed where people were making offerings to the dead.

Burping is OK

If you do find yourself in a crowded restaurant, make sure that you burp after you finish your meal and give a significant look at the chef and all the patron of the restaurant. Burping in Chinese tradition is considered as a sign of gratitude and that you’re satisfied with a meal. Talking about strange, right. So don’t forget to pay compliments once you’re done eating.

Never Running Out of Tea

If you like tea, then you’ll love this custom. In every coffee shop, restaurant or even at street vendors where you can sit and enjoy your tea the service will always refill your cup. As you finish your cup of tea and take a moment to notice that amazing chandelier hanging above your table at the restaurant, the chances are that you’ll have a full cup of tea once again without even noticing that someone refilled it.

Refusing Gifts

Found friends while spending time in China and want to buy them a gift as a sign of appreciation for showing you the city? That’s great. But don’t be offended if they refuse the gift. This is another custom that may strike you as odd. Once you present them with a gift, it will take a considerable time of persuading them to accept it, as they will constantly refuse it until they do accept it at the end. But don’t’ be offended as this is their way of showing how humble they are.

About the author

Jack Yang

Hey! We're Jack and Liu and we're on a mission to explore all the historical wonders of the world! You can call it luck, fate, coincidence, a sign... Whatever you like to call it, our stories started separately before merging into one beautiful experience. Before our paths crossed, we were both just random individuals, traveling the world, visiting historical monuments and ruins, imagining how those landscapes looked like centuries ago. Then, Beijing happened, we met, we fell in love, we found each other. Our love story starts in Beijing where we met one rainy day whilst exploring the magical city. Two months later, we dropped everything, quit our jobs and went to travel the world together. We are both big history nerds and love to geek out by playing stupid historical guessing games together... We are China Geeks! Travel the world with us as we history-our-way around the world!