Dating Chinese Women? Understand Chinese Dining Etiquette

For those who think the journey to find a Chinese wife is limited to finding a Chinese girlfriend on a dating site, it is often just a beginning. Young Chinese women often continue to live with their parents in their homes until the time they get married. Only in large cities would you find girls living on their own and working. But when it comes to big decisions like marriage, it is futile to expect that your Chinese girlfriend would take it on her own. It is, anyway, a good idea to visit the girl and her family before you tie the knot. After all those who marry in haste often have a lifetime to repent.

If you have reached the point where you are considering visiting the pretty Chinese women you’ve met on your favorite Chinese dating site, then keeping in mind the things mentioned here would prove a great help.

Since Chinese prefer to entertain their formal guests, especially foreigners, in public places, if you are invited to their house, consider it a great honor. Make sure that you are not late and do not turn up empty handed. It is customary to bring a gift for the hostess but don’t bring knives, scissors or anything with a blade as it is considered inauspicious.

When sitting down for a meal, follow your host and wait to be shown your place to sit down. If they give you a seat facing the door, it means you are being treated as guest of honor!

Never start eating before your host does, and always try making it a point to try everything being offered to you even if you take a small serving. Eat well to show that you are enjoying the food and be generous in your appreciation. If you don’t know how to use chopsticks, a good time to start learning is now while you are reading this article, not when you are already seated with your girlfriend’s parents at their dining table. Make sure that you return the Chopsticks to the chopstick rest after every few bites or when you drink or stop to speak.

Hold your rice bowl near your mouth while eating and it’s ok if you are unable to finish everything that’s in there. If you are eating anything with bones, keep them in a special bowl kept on the table for the purpose. No matter how badly you are tempted, never pick the last piece from the serving tray.

Don’t look shocked or take offense if your Chinese hosts make slurping or belching sounds. It only shows that they are enjoying their meal.

Those are just a few of the basics to understanding Chinese dining etiquette, but it should be enough to get you through that first meal in the home of the Chinese woman of your dreams when the eyes of her whole family are firmly cast in your direction.

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