10 Do & Don’t While Studying and Living in China

10 Do & Don’t While Studying and Living in China


Posted at: 22 Dec 2020
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Studying abroad is more than just studying. It is also about living, interacting, and experiencing the new culture. Different cultures might have different values. Therefore, for students who desire to study in China, it is a great idea to understand some cultural differences and to maximize your experience there. 

To help students with these concerns, here are a few helpful tips of 10 things you should do and should not do while studying and living in China.

1. Do have a bucket list for your time in China

If you choose to pursue your degree in China, it will be a long journey. It is always a great idea to have a bucket list of what you want to do there so that you are surely maximizing your time there. There are many more things besides studying. It can be visiting someplace or just eating some local food. Customize your own one!

2. Do hang out with the local

One of the great things about studying overseas is the chance to experience their culture and lifestyle. Making friends with the locals would make you less lonely and also the best way to experience their culture and way of living. Expand your circle of friends, you will make your life there much enjoyable.

3. Do be punctual

Punctuality is a virtue in China and a sign of respect for your professor or someone you are meeting. It is a common habit for Chinese people to show up a while before the set time so students should keep in mind. 

4. Do ask the locals if they have already eaten their meal

It is the most common phrase for Chinese people to ask one another when meeting each other. You might find this uncommon, but food plays a great role in Chinese’s people life and asking whether they have eaten their meal is a sign of kindness and concern. 

5. Do respect seniority

Being greatly influenced by Confucian teaching, Chinese people are expected to respect the seniority including one's parents, elders, and also the teacher. Teachers are like their second parents. Therefore, students going to study should respect senior people. 

6. Don’t disrespect the customs or religious belief of the minority groups and temples

China is a country with 55 official minority groups who have their own traditions and customers. Even though you might not believe the practice or belief of a certain group or religion, it is always sensible to respect the diversity of customs or beliefs. It is offending if acting in a disrespectful way. 

7. Don’t forget your table manners when eating

Chopstick is usually including in any Chinese meal. There are many rules of table manners in Chinese society including waiting for the most senior people to start the meal and avoiding using the chopstick as a drumstick or putting it inside the bowl and more. The rule of thumb is to always place the chopstick on the top of the bowl and do not use the chopstick for any other usage besides a utensil. 

8. Avoid discussing politically sensitive topics

Every nation has its own politically sensitive topics, and students should always avoid discussing these topics. It also depends on culture. Unlike in Western culture, where a political issue is opened to discussion, in China, this should be avoided. 

9. Don’t over make fun of people especially in public

Have a sense of humor is good but this should never go overboard especially when it would affect people's “face” or “Mian Zi” meaning their reputation. Chinese people do care a lot about their image in public. 

10. Don’t assume a nod is an agreement

Sometimes, a nod in Chinese society is just a sign showing they understand what you are talking about. Therefore, it is always good to clarify. 

What Should You Get from the Article?

Cambodian students can learn about the 10 things that you should do and should not do when studying and living in China. Keeping in mind this information, it will be much easier to adapt to the China culture without unintentionally offending people.  

For information about overseas education in China and abroad, Cambodian students and parents who have further inquiry can always visit us WEduAbroad, the local consultancy for study abroad for free consultations in China at the 9th Floor, B-Ray Tower, Preah Norodom Blvd, Tonle Bassak Commune, Chamkamorn District, Phnom Penh (map here) or contact us via phone call (855) 17 548 354 or (855) 81 63 63 60. You can also visit our Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/WEduAbroad/.

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