China & Tibet - Culture
In China, handshaking is considered the most common greeting when meeting foreigners. When entertaining, the people of China prefer to do so in public rather than in their homes and so if one is invited to a house, it is a great honour. When dining, guests should always wait to be seated. Important things to remember: when addressing someone, their family name always comes first. Also, while the name China can be used informally, the full title of the country is The People’s Republic of China and should be used in formal communications.
When visiting Tibet, one should always walk clockwise around stupas or other religious statues. One must never smoke or talk loudly when in monasteries. Visitors should refrain from taking photographs of bridges, military institutions as well as the army and it is recommended to avoid political discussions with guides and monks.
The official language of The People’s Republic of China is Mandarin Chinese (however, there are many local dialects ie Cantonese etc). In tourist regions, hotels and with guides, English is spoken.
As Tibet is part of China, the official language is Mandarin Chinese, however, the majority of Tibetans speak Tibetan as their first language and English is not widely spoken.
China is officially an Atheist country with between 60-70% of the population describing themselves as Atheists, however religions like Taoism, Buddhism, Islam, Protestantism and Catholicism have followings.
Since the eighth century, Buddhism has been the main religion in Tibet. Bön religion which is an indigenous animist and shamanistic belief system with nature at its centre is also followed.
China and Tibet Travel Information
At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to China.
Learn about the history and culture of China, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about China's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering China for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our China tours today!
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