Chinese traditions we could apply to everyday life

Chinese tradition imagery

Mother and child with dragon, Chinese Traditions

Today is Chinese Valentine’s Day! Looking into the different Chinese traditions, there is a few we could put into our everyday lives. From negotiating prices to trying a bit of everything at a meal, here’s some Chinese traditions we could apply to everyday life!

Check if your gift brings good luck

Lucky cat illustration with fish, Chinese traditions we could apply to everyday life

Firstly, Chinese tradition is gifting in their lucky number (sets of 8), gifting with both hands, and opening the gifts in private. A few things that are considered “bad luck gifts” in China are: scissors, knives, umbrellas and clocks!

General good luck objects you could gift to someone are: Elephants (e.g. small ornament or pottery – brings good luck, protection and wealth), fish (bring good fortune and prosperity), and finally tortoise (represents longevity and spreads positive energy)!

Eat a bit of everything

Dinner spread anime food, Chinese traditions we could apply to everyday life

Secondly, in China they set meals a lot as picking at bits of everything until it’s gone. So if you have a big spread in front of you – try everything! This is good to try something you might not of before, or if you’re not sure if you like it or not, it helps try something new. Remember to never leave too many leftovers as in China this could mean you’ve not enjoyed the meal enough, or not planning your portions well if you eat it all!

Napping in the street

Totoro sleeping in trees, Chinese traditions we could apply in everyday life

Something I can get on board with is letting napping wherever be more socially acceptable! The amount of times I’ve fallen asleep on a bus, bench or a café is… slightly embarrassing. However, in China this is acceptable – even snoring!

They see it as normal and have a website documenting people sleeping in random places ( Sleeping Chinese ). Adding this to everyday life? Perhaps finding somewhere safe to sleep like a hidden bench or propped up against a low-hanging tree in the sun.

Bargaining (in the right place)

Night market scene, Chinese traditions we could apply to everyday life

When shopping in China, it can be considered rude if you don’t bargain – really!? It’s normal to bargain and you could get up to a 50% discount! Of course, putting this into your everyday life would have to be in certain places like markets, maybe charity shops and vintage shops too… probably not in your local Primark!

Sending or picking flowers

Small pink bouquet

Flowers in China have different meanings, like how white flowers represent death and ghosts. Red and pink represent celebration! Some other ones with (UK) meanings: Hydrangea’s represent Gratitude, Yellow Roses show Friendship and Joy, Camelia’s show Love, Affection and Admiration!

Check out some more meanings and traditions from the links listed and try merging in one of these Chinese traditions we could apply into everyday life! I know I’ll be taking the napping and flowers traditions into consideration and brush up on my ‘Floriology’!

Chinese Traditions Every Tourist Should Know and Respect

Chinese Flower Meanings

Interflora – Flower Meanings

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Sienna Jordan

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