Giving presents in China

From early on, the Chinese people have strongly cared about etiquettes. They are all familiar with the old Chinese saying: ‘When you are given something it is not polite to give nothing in return.’ When Chinese family and friends visit each other during Chinese new year or other festivities, many presents are being exchanged. Giving[…]



Nowadays, almost every Chinese person has Wechat. Through Wechat you can send text and audio messages to family, friends and colleagues. At the same time, you can share a little bit of your life and you can play games with friends like on Facebook. The payment function from Wechat enables you to go out without[…]

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Respecting one’s feelings

In China many different kinds of relationships exist between people. When dealing with different people, it is normal to encounter social contradictions. In China, these kinds of contradictions are caused by one phenomenon: ‘mianzi’, or ‘face’. We could translate this into proud or ego. The meaning of ‘mianzi’ is that you don’t argue against somebody.[…]