This may go on, back and forth, for a good few minutes, until someone “wins” and pays the bill.
Chinese people automatically refuse food or drinks several times — even if they really feel hungry or thirsty.
Gân bçi means “bottoms up,” and you may be expected to drink the whole drink rather quickly. You can always say “shuí yì” (shway ee; as you wish) in return and take just a little sip instead.
Most Westerners are stunned the first time they witness the many fairly chaotic, noisy scenes at the end of a Chinese restaurant meal.
The Chinese place a premium on group harmony, so foreigners should try to swallow hard, be polite, and cope privately.
Chinese people have first and last names like everyone else.
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