How Not to Embarrass Yourself at the Olympics
Photo: Mark Schatzker
As the third entry in a multi-part series, Conde Nast Traveler reports on Chinese etiquette in the October 2008 issue--unfortunately too late for those who plan on attending the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing next month. So as a special service to our readers, we're giving you a preview now.
Here are some things to keep in mind as you cheer on the team (and chat and nibble in between matches):
* Hate lines? Good; so do the Chinese.
* Spitting in the streets (and occasionally in certain restaurants) is okay.
* Slurping of noodles and soup . . . also okay.
* Like to smoke? Fire 'em up. Smoking at meetings, in restaurants--well, everywhere, really--is fine here.
* Don't hold back on the numbers talk: Everything from weight to salary is fair game.
Check out the October issue for more. Can't wait that long? We've got part two of the preview tomorrow.
* How not to embarrass yourself in France, Japan, and India
* How not to embarrass yourself in the Mediterranean
* Check out our Hot List Beijing video
* Have only 12 days to spend in China? We have the trip for you