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Don’t drink baijiu on an empty stomach

Although wine will be supplied at most business banquets, the Chinese would also like to offer you a very strong Chinese liquor – Baijiu, Known as the white devil. Don’t let its water-like appearance and slightly sweet taste fool you. It may appear similar to other liquors like Japanese Shochu or Korean Soju, but in fact, Baijiu has a significantly higher ABV, normally about 40%-60%. It is a strongly advised to eat something before the toasts. Never drink on an empty stomach.

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