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Table Manners

Men do not necessarily stand when a woman arrives or leaves the table, but younger people are likely to stand when an older person arrives or leaves.

Whether you eat everything or leave some food on your plate is entirely up to you. However, when dining with a Chinese person, it is customary to leave a little bit on your plate to show that enough food was served. If you don't like the taste of something, leave it on your plate. No explanation is necessary.

The Asian restaurants will always provide you with both chopsticks and cutlery. Napkins are always provided.

Dining etiquette for leaving the table. If you must leave the table, simply excuse yourself.

If you choose not to drink, just say so. This will not be a problem.

Dining etiquette for paying the bill. If a host takes visitors to a restaurant for a meal, the host expects to pay the bill.

Dining etiquette for tipping. Hotels automatically add a 10% or 15% service charge to the bill. Locals rarely tip more than $1-$2.

- , Editor, Etiquette Scholar

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