China has a history of more than 5,000 years, and its cultural diversity has attracted a large number of people from all over the world. If you are about to come to China or have settled down in China, here are some cultural facts you’d better know.
1. "Dating" is a serious matter
If you plan to date a Chinese girl, you must end your existing "relationship" (if you have one/more) or your behavior will be defined as "cheating".
2. It is not impolite to ask about salary
Talking about money is a taboo behavior for Westerners, but for Chinese people, it is as common as talking about the weather.
3. 56 ethnic groups
Almost every ethnic group has its own language, customs and clothing (and so on). For example, the Songkran Festival of the Dai people is equal to their New Year, while the Spring Festival is not important to them. (Han ethnicity is the largest one.)
4. Chinese Zodiac
Every lunar year has its own zodiac, and some Chinese people even believe that the zodiac is an important factor in determining their destiny.
(Chinese Zodiac: 鼠（Rat）、牛（Ox）、虎（Tiger）、兔（Hare）、龙（Dragon）、蛇（Snake）、马（Horse）、羊（Sheep）、猴（Monkey）、鸡（Rooster）、狗（Dog）、猪（Boar）)
5. Family matters
A concrete example, Chinese marriage is not just a matter of two people, but also a matter of two families.
6. Chinese Kung Fu
Kungfu actually consists of multiple forms of martial arts, such as Qigong and Tai Chi. In addition, not all Chinese people know Kung Fu!
7. Food is important
There is an old Chinese saying, "Food is the first necessity of the people." or "Food is the first and foremost sustenance in people’s lives." This is why there are always Chinese people who ask you "Have you eaten?"
8. China has many traditional festivals
Even if you don't understand why Chinese people often celebrate different festivals (the Spring Festival is the grandest), you will be very happy to get more holidays. (Paid vacation for teachers)
9. The dragon is a symbol of power, status, money and wisdom.
In ancient China, only emperors could use products with dragon elements. For the Chinese, it is a very auspicious animal.
10 Being able to speak Mandarin does not mean being able to talk to all Chinese
The Chinese have thousands of dialects, and users of different dialects often cannot understand each other.