- Handshakes are the standard, casual greeting. The grip tends to be lighter than the Western handshake and is also sustained for longer.
- In formal situations, people bow slightly or nod politely to greet one another formally. The bow is from the shoulders and should be greater if the person you are greeting has a higher status than you.
- If seated, the Chinese will stand up out of respect when they are introduced to someone.
- Always greet those that are older than you first.
- Use a person’s family name and appropriate title to address them unless they have indicated that you can move on to addressing them on a first-name basis.
- Usually, only friends address one another by their given names.
- Nicknames are used only between very close friends or lovers.
- To show a high level of respect, friends might use the terms ‘lao’ (old) and ‘xiao’ (young) with or instead of titles.
- When first meeting a Chinese person in a rural area, it is common to be invited to join them for a meal. This is an old greeting that offers , yet does not usually transpire into an actual meal.
- It is considered impolite to greet a friend with a comment that could be perceived to have negative connotations, such as "You look tired".
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Population1,373,541,278[July 2016 est.]
LanguagesMandarin (official)CantoneseShanghainesePlus other dialects
ReligionsNo Religion (52.5%)Folk Religion (21.9%)Buddhism (18.2%)Christianity (5.1%)Islam (1.8%)[2010 est.]Note: China is officially atheist.
EthnicitiesHan Chinese (91.6%)Zhuang (1.3%)Other (7.1%)[2010 est.]Note: The Chinese Government officially recognises 56 ethnic groups including Hui, Manchu, Uighur, Miao, Yi, Tujia, Tibetan, Mongol, Dong, Buyei, Yao, Bai, Korean, Hani, Li, Kazakh, Dai and other nationalities.
Power Distance 80 Individualism 20 Masculinity 66 Uncertainty Avoidance 30 Long Term Orientation 87 Indulgence 24 What's this?
Australians with Chinese Ancestry1,213,903 [2016 census]
Chinese in Australia
Population509,555[2016 census]This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan
GenderMale (44.4%)Female (55.6%)
ReligionNo Religion (63.2%)Buddhism (16.2%)Catholic Christianity (3.4%)Other (11.4%)
AncestryChinese (94.1%)English (1.8%)Russian (1.4%)
Language Spoken at HomeMandarin (65.3%)Cantonese (22.5%)Samoan (2.5%)Chinese (6.0%)Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 49.4% speak English fluently.
DiasporaNew South Wales (48.9%)Victoria (29.4%)Queensland (8.5%)Western Australia (5.2%)
Arrival to AustraliaPrior to 2001 (38.2%)2001-2006 (23.7%)2007-2011 (33.7%)
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