I have some Chinese culture questions I would like some input on.
- What is the Chinese custom of opening gifts? Do they open them in front of the giver or not? It felt strange to take a friend a birthday gift and not see it get opened. I realize this might be a cultural thing or it could be an individual thing. I just want to figure it out if I can.
- Here in South China, when the weather gets cold, people pile on the sweaters and coats, but they leave the windows and doors wide open. I’m told it’s because they must have the fresh air to stay healthy (given the plumbing standards I can somewhat see their point). What I’m wondering is, is this just a Cantonese thing or does it hold for other areas of China as well? I would think that would be a very frigid rule to keep in the Beijing area, for example.
So, if any of you reading this, have some educated answers for me, please post them in the comments (just click on the word “comment” at the end of the post – it’s a little hard to see, but it’s there, I promise).
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