Life - How should Foreigners Greet Chinese?
Many Chinese residents in tourist cities can speak a few words of English. Therefore, a "Hello" or "How do you do?" is acceptable to most of them. Of course, a smile or a wave will also elicit a friendly response. At any rate, a smile is a universal language that needs no translation.
Chinese are getting used to typical western greetings such as nihao (hello) or jiandaoni hengaoxing (very nice to meet you). As for forms of meeting, handshakes are popular in the cities.
Chinese normally do not embrace each other. Kissing, whether on the cheeks or hands or hugs are usually unacceptable to the Chinese.
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