Therefore, during a conversation, raising the eyebrow is interpreted like a sign of disapproval – the Chinese people preferring not to make any sizable face expression during a dialogue. Looking a person straight in the eye is seen as a lack of respect and an invading of one’s own privacy.
One should not be surprised if at the moment that one meets one Chinese the Chinese will look down and not at you. The “HI’s” are usually formal, using the hand shake. If you go into a family’s home in visit, it is indicated to have a present. For a present avoid the scissors, the knives or any objects that are used to cut; the clocks, the flowers, the handkerchiefs are as well regarded badly, as they are associated with death and funerals. When wrapping up the present avoid using white, black or blue. The gifts are offered with both hands and the tradition is to refuse it three times, after finally receiving it.
While you are invited to a visit, you should never be late and before entering the house, you should take your shoes off. Wait to be told where to sit and if you sit face to face to the door, it means that you are the guest of honor.
In the South Korean, one should know that this country has the protocol very well defined. It is a country where family comes first, the bounds between the members of the family being very tight.
In their relationships with the foreigners the Koreans shake hands right after their bow, making a connection between both cultures by this. When you give a present you should know that this is mutual, therefore, one should not make an expensive gift if one knows that from the other side, this is not possible. Usually, it is good to offer a quality chocolate, flowers or fruits.
The presents must be wrapped in red, yellow or pink. Avoid as much as possible using green, white or black. When eating at the table, one should not use his hands – one should use the available sticks. Everything from the plate should be eaten.
This is a culture whose answers to the questions are usually “yes” ; therefore one should avoid the “yes” and “no” questions when dealing with them. Women should adopt a conservative style as much as possible; one should never take off their jackets while having a conversation.
India is another interesting country to visit, as it is very different from many points of view, to the occidental ones. It will surprise you through its landscapes and the vast culture. This country will also amaze you through its people that cannot simply say “no” to anyone. They will always say what you want to hear.
This tradition must not be considered as a lack of respect, because in the Indian tradition, a person that does not try to offer the other person what one wants, is very impolite. In case one goes for a visit, the gifts are not a must, but they will however not be refused in case they are offered. Anyhow, pay much attention to what you offer – in case you want to offer flowers, be sure not to be white – as white color is the symbol of death.
If the family you are going to is Hindu in religion, you should avoid the leather presents and if they are Muslim of religion, you should not offer pig leather things or alcoholic drinks. To wrap your present’s one should use yellow, green or red.
Despite of the fact that they are not very punctual, they expect their guests to be punctual. When entering the house one should take one’s shoes off and when you are offered a drink, at first you have to say “no”. When eating, always leave a drop of food on the plate – it is believed to be quiet polite.
Enjoy travelling around the world!