Shanghai Tips


  • Do remove your shoes before you enter someone’s house
  • Do present things with both hands - presenting anything (currency, cards etc.) to a local using one hand only is considered rude
  • Do eat when the host offers food, drinks or alcohol
  • Do finish all the rice in your bowl
  • Do fill your companion's tea cup
  • Do thank profusely for a gift received


  • Don't mind when a stranger wants to practice his English with you
  • Don't use red ink to write anything
  • Don't leave chopsticks upright in your bowl - this is an absolute no-no because chopsticks are left upright in a bowl of rice offered to the spirit of a dead person, at their deathbed or in front of their photograph on the household Buddhist altar.
  • Don't shake your feet
  • Don't give clocks as gifts - In Mandarin, saying 'giving a clock' is pronounced the same way as the Chinese words for 'attending a funeral ritual' and thus it is bad luck.

Video Reviews in Shanghai

Peace in temple is uncomparable

Peace in temple is uncomparable  Video Review

Jade Buddha Temple

Rahul Kedia
16th Nov 16