Don’t be shocked or unhappy if your Chinese counterpart insist you to drink again and again during meal. Some Chinese are drinking a lot, especially in dinner, sometimes for business. Some people would like to show their hospitality by asking you to drink again and again even after you reject. Also, they may have a lot of reasons to ask you to drink. If you are good at drinking and don’t mind drinking, you may accept and drink with your Chinese ‘friends’. But if you can not drink or you don’t want to, you can just ask your interpreter or assistance to explain that you are really not able to, at the same time, explain that your culture is a bit difference from Chinese and ask your Chinese counterpart not to mind about it. Don’t be shocked or unhappy if some Chinese may mix different wines or even red wine with Sprite sodas, which is a bit strange, but some people do it. Of course, if you don’t like, just ask your interpreter and assistance to explain to your Chinese hosts or guests.
Feb 18, 2014