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Personal Space:
Personal Space is all about how close someone is in proximity to you. Are they making direct eye contact with you? Which way are they facing when they are talking to you: side by side, directly facing? What is the degree of contact with that person; are they touching your arm or shoulder? And how loud or soft is the volume of their voice?

Walking down the street, sitting on the bus, you are shoulder to shoulder with mass groups of people. In summary, Chinese people are more comfortable with up-close and personal interaction. Cultural practice changes take a long time to adjust to.

China’s vast population coupled with its traditional ideals of a communal society (for example, five generations under one roof) has created a culture in which personal space is typically not common or highly valued.
- Pushing in line
- Looking over your shoulder and touching you
- Standing very close to you while talking
- Talking about you with someone else while your standing nearby
- Touching: arm, shoulder, head
- Strangers looking at what your doing, getting very close, and not caring (watch a movie on the subway and see how many people come over to watch)
- Blowing smoke in/around your face
- Staring for long periods of time, often accompanied by pointing
- Cell phones ringing with really loud ringtones (noise space)
- Talking really loud on the phone, even at work.
- Answering phones/ Talking in movie theaters
- Direct and blunt comments about certain things (weight, skin color)
- Asking you how much money you make
- Asking you how old you are (women)

“Talking about you” is actually one of the most uncomfortable things here. People in China love to compare. They compare salary, looks, height, grades, background… everything, and they aren’t subtle about it.

Chinese people are more comfortable with up-close and personal interaction.

They aren’t comfortable talking about many topics when you first meet them, especially anything personal (relationships, family, etc). They aren’t comfortable talking about their emotions with strangers either.

* Chinese tend to be comfortable standing a little less than an arms length from one another. One and a half to two feet is common. When meeting strangers this distance is farther. * In conversation, there is little to no touching, unless it is with families, close friends or boyfriend/girlfriend relationships. * It is common for women who are friends to hold hands or link arms while walking. * Chinese tend to favor direct eye contact over indirect. * Eye contact is considered polite, and when dealing with an unfamiliar elder one may lower their head as a sign of respect…...

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