Different cultures come with different rules, traditions, and superstitions. When you visit a new country or a new home, it is quite intriguing to see the drastic differences between their culture and yours.
In Western culture, we have our set of norms and standards. We have breakfast in the morning, lunch at noon and dinner after work. We invite friends over for dinner, we overeat on certain holidays and we splurge (financially) on other holidays. Fridays are designated for going out and partying while Mondays are reserved for the drag that is going back to work. Now, when we decide to visit a different family or a different culture, all of the sudden things go out of whack. No longer is it appropriate to eat with forks and spoons and in some cases, some foods are strictly prohibited.
So here at Providr, we decided to take to Reddit in order to uncover some unknown curiosities about visiting a Chinese household. Whether it is their reluctance to use the number four or their insistence on using chopsticks, here are 24 unique and unknown things about a Chinese household.
Chinese families rarely invite guests over. This is because homes in Hong Kong are not all that spacious as in Western countries so most times family gatherings are done at restaurants or inside of diners.
When Chinese families do get together they tend to go out because a traditional dinner has many dishes. When friends or family go out they tend to visit a restaurant as it is not so expensive and usually in Chinese tradition, the person who invited everyone out generally pays for the dinner.
In a small town in the Wudang Mountains, many houses do not come equipped with their own showers or toilets. Because these homes are located in a remote countryside their interiors only consist of two things: the characters on the door which say ‘good luck’ and a portrait of Mao Zedong in the largest room. In Shanghai, they have a restaurant called the ‘toilet restaurant’ where diners sit on toilet seats to eat their food.
In small towns such as Wudang, most homes are NOT multi-unit apartments and are instead one-story houses that look a lot like concrete buildings. In a lot of these cases, most people need to use an outhouse (outdoors) and have to shower at local facilities such as a Kung Fu school or a regular school.