Consequently, it is better not to behave in too carefree a manner in public.
Too, it is advisable to be fairly cautious in political discussions.
Accepting something in haste makes a person look aggressive and greedy, as does opening it in front of the giver. The same thing goes even in Hong Kong and Macao, except in some luxurious hotels.
Traditionally the monetary value of a gift indicated the importance of a relationship, but due to increasing contact with foreigners in recent years, the symbolic nature of gifts has taken foot. And when wrapping, be aware that the Chinese ascribe much importance to color. Traditionally speaking, there are many taboos at Chinese tables, but these days not many people pay attention to them.
Thus to choose an ideal partner was vital for both the individual and the family.
A set of marriage custom has been passed down and is still in used today.
The popular items include cigarette lighters, stamps (stamp collecting is a popular hobby), T-shirt, the exotic coins make a good gift to Chinese. White or yellow flowers (especially chrysanthemums), which are used for funerals. So if you stick your chopsticks in the rice bowl, it looks like this shrine and is equivalent to wishing death upon person at the table! Make sure the spout of the teapot is not facing anyone. Also, in a restaurant, if the food is coming too slow people will tap their bowls.
It is impolite to set the teapot down where the spout is facing towards somebody. If you are in someone's home, it is like insulting the cook.
The spout should always be directed to where nobody is sitting, usually just outward from the table.
The Chinese zodiac would be surely taken into consideration.
Presenting Betrothal Gifts: if the match was predicted to be auspicious, the matchmaker would take gifts to the girl's parents and tell them that the process could continue.