Even for the most seasoned travelers, China can abate their confidence for its complex geography and cultures. So that's why China travel tips are extremely essential. But do you know that some tips you find on the Internet are actually out-of-date and meaningless? If you don't, then you should take a look at these 6 China travel tips that don't make sense anymore.
Though it is not a traditional practice for Chinese people themselves, tipping is quite common in Chinese inbound tourism industry. But it has been widely distorted in some travel tips that tipping is inappropriate in China and could even be considered as an insult or disrespect. In economic terms, China has been inclusive to most of Western custom including tipping. Almost all the service workers in China understand and would like to appreciate your generosity. They will politely decline your tips if being prohibited the employers, so there is no need to worry about offending them. Hence, if you want to show your satisfaction and gratitude to your tour guides, drivers, attendants and bellboys by tipping them, just go ahead.
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This tip is actually not doable and even misleading. In Chinese culture, thriftiness is a traditional virtue. Kids grow up being educated by their parents not to waste food, which is also one of the most important table manners of China. Moreover, the Chinese government and official media have been advocating this virtue in everyday life since years ago. If you are treated by a cordial Chinese family with some really delicious food, just eat it up as long as you are not too full, the hosts will be happy to see you appreciate their cooking skill. Just to remember one thing, don't ask for too much food unless you are sure you can finish it all.
At restaurants, it is not uncommon to see a bunch of people quarreling with each other around the table. Don't get them wrong, maybe they are just fighting for picking up the tab. In Chinese tradition, people see it a way to get a reciprocal relationship with others: I pay the meal for you and you should help me if I'm in trouble, because you owe me one. But this idea has been weakening over time, particularly among the young who are more willing to go Dutch instead. So, when you have a meal with your Chinese friends next time, you can offer to go Dutch without worrying about offending them. But usually they will do the honors because they see you as a precious guest coming from afar.
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China has been increasingly open-mined to different ideologies and custom. Also, the Chinese know how to keep what is good and abandon what is bad in their tradition. This is a country that embraces difference and advocates mutual respect. Any overseas visitor who comes to China will feel like home but can still find the funny culture shocks between the east and the west. So are you ready to be shocked? Just let Odyssey customize you a wonderful journey.