Each country has its own peculiarities, and China is no exception. Certainly, it is not a secret that Asian people have their own way of life that totally differs from that of European people. All this was formed under different circumstances over a long period of time. It often happens that Europeans find themselves unprepared for daily communication with representatives of Asian countries, so, that’s why it is very important to know some details about Chinese culture and mentality.
You should be especially careful if you are doing business with China. If your Chinese partners, during the business deal, say “Yes”, it does not signify their agreement. On the contrary, in the Chinese culture (the same as in Japanese and Korean) it is not acceptable to show your refusal openly. So, you should take into consideration that if your partners say “Yes, we will think about it”, this probably indicates their refusal.
Chinese people have a special attitude to their work. While their job brings them a stable income, they will continue working in this place, despite of all its disadvantages, because stability is a very important factor.
It is also good to know that Chinese people try to avoid showing any emotions in public. You will never see them angry or sad. They will smile in every situation, because they truly believe that other people shouldn’t see their real emotions.
The Chinese mindset that was truly depicted by Chinese artist Yan Liu, who lived in China till the age of 14 and then moved to Germany, seems to be interesting and shows all the differences between the mindset of the Chinese and European people. These are the most useful ones.
European people are more punctual and love being on time. Chinese have a bit of a blurred understanding of punctuality, but if they want to surprise you, they will appear for a meeting on time.
Queuing behavior Huge crowds are common in China, due to the great amount of people. Their main principle “You snooze – you lose”, but if you kindly ask them to let you in first, they will definitely do this.
The noise level
In comparison to European people, Chinese are two-three times louder, but you will quickly get used to it.
Social communicationsPersonal contacts are extremely important for Chinese people, and, actually, everything in China can be reached through them. It often helps to solve different problems, but sometimes it can become a huge problem itself.
Problem solving attitude
If it is possible to avoid a problem, a Chinese person will definitely do so. That’s the art of Tao – not to force your way through the thicket, but to bypass the difficulties, just as the water flows around the stone.
The position of the child in the family
As they say, the Chinese child is a “little emperor” till the age of 5. Usually, parents allow their kids to do everything they want and to behave as they like. Maybe, it is connected with the affection of the “one-child policy”. However, as soon as the child goes to school, they will have many responsibilities.
Food is very important for Chinese people. Be prepared for long conversations about certain foods. Do not be surprised if they start telling you about drinking hot water and why it is good for your health, or if they tell you that your food is really unhealthy. They do not mean to come across in the wrong way.