Dining etiquette & customs in China : At first time, Dinning etiquette in China can be quite intricate and daunting. Following etiquette and customs may ease your nervousness and make you enjoy China's cuisine more.
-> When using chopsticks, don't point them directly at people and never stick them standing upright in your rice bowl -- this is a reminder of the incense burned at funerals.
-> When you are not so sure what to do, simply ask your guides or do as local people do.
-> Food is always cut into bite sized pieces, whole meats such as pig, fish and poultry are cooked till they are so tender that the meat can be removed right off the bones with chopsticks.
-> Dinning etiquette in China can be quite intricate and daunting at first. The following etiquette and customs may ease your nervousness and make you enjoy China's cuisine more.
-> In Chinese restaurants, knives should not be seen on the table. Chopsticks, bowls and soup spoons are the traditional table ware.
-> Use a clean spoon solely for taking food from communal plates for yourself or others, if you serve someone with your own chopsticks, use the blunt ends that don't go into your mouth. Though you may see that Chinese people take food directly with their own chopsticks sometimes, especially it will be like that when people have meals with their families, relatives and intimate friends.