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July 11, 2008

How Not to Embarrass Yourself at the Olympics

Juan Luis Guerra
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.

Here are some 2008 Hot List Beijing hotels worth a visit:
* Hotel Cote Cour
* The Regent
And after the sun goes down:
* Q Bar

Further reading:
* 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


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