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In the circle of friends, the highly exposed ultra-clear overseas scenery blockbusters and the lyrical and intelligent travel kits all show that more and more Chinese are going abroad to embrace the world. Traveling, especially overseas travel, is a novel experience that is not daily life, and it is an opportunity for every tourist who sets foot in a foreign country to fully enjoy. What we bring abroad is not only our suitcase, but also our own cultivation and quality. What we bring back to China is not only the memories in the album and the conversations between friends, but also the respect of foreigners.

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But why do we still get blinded no matter how much money we spend abroad? It's not because we are impolite (of course, many people who go abroad for the first time and don't have any cultural education level are quite rude), but because many of us can't do the same in the countryside and can't consciously observe the culture of other countries and China Differences, let alone learn and understand local customs and habits with an open mind, and at the same time use local etiquette to visit, tour, and interact with locals. It’s no wonder that we spent so much money going abroad and staying in luxury hotels. Spending money on shopping will still be laughed at!

Brother Dao, I had a deep experience in the process of enjoying food in Japan with the "Ten-Star Michelin Food Tour" hosted by our Xinxianjupin two months ago. Sometimes it is really outrageous to see Chinese presumptuous in Japan. Everywhere, the shame is thrown to Japan. . . As a patriotic young man, I really don’t recognize Japanese culture and history, and I don’t think that Chinese people should have any special respect for Japanese when they come to Japan, but if you want to go, you must never let "little Japan" look down upon. Otherwise, I would really shame the Chinese people.

But I feel ashamed to see the "rudeness" of Chinese people everywhere in Japan. For example, it’s very quiet on the Japanese subway or train. Basically, you can’t hear anyone talking. Even if you want to say it, you must whisper. You can’t make a loud noise, let alone make a phone call in the train compartment (many cars have low voice , No call sign) However, many people talked loudly while ignoring the quiet environment. As a result, the Japanese in the whole carriage stared at him with sad eyes, and there must be countless horses running past. But this person is like being in an uninhabited state, and talking on the phone is full of joy.

Similarly, keep quiet in the restaurant and not disturb other guests, and you can always hear Chinese people talking and laughing, especially in restaurants near tourist attractions. The crowds of tourists wearing travel agency hats are really insane and noisy. People are crazy.

There is also the kind of tourists who take pictures of others and force others to the side. The most excessive is the kind of scenic spots that directly jump in the queue and are scolded by the various foreigners in the back row to queue, which is embarrassing to the whole world. . . We cannot rely on these unqualified Chinese citizens. After all, they may have never been abroad and are completely unaware of their own rude behavior. But to blame, the tour guides of the travel agency have not fulfilled their obligation to inform or stop in time. If everyone is really so patriotic as they say, such things shouldn't happen.

But if you think that these are the rude behaviors of those country folks who have never been abroad, have you noticed that smacking while eating is very rude? Have you ever noticed that you should grab the handle or the curtain with your hands when you go out to avoid hitting the pedestrians behind? Have you ever noticed that you can't call or snap your fingers when you signal the waiter in the restaurant? Do you ever say "thank you" when someone opens the door for you or does anything? Do you maintain basic respect for various service personnel (even bathroom cleaners)? Wait, wait, so many details seem to be difficult to do, but in fact it is very simple. The most important thing is to observe more and ask people who visit the country if their approach is appropriate. Only by keeping an open and learning attitude can you get the respect of others in a foreign country.

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Having said so much, it leads us to the overseas travel etiquette we are going to talk about today. Today, we will give you a comprehensive analysis from all aspects of clothing, food, housing and transportation, as well as the basic etiquette that needs to be paid attention to when traveling in different countries. Please add in the comments at the end of the article. Whether you are a trendy person who often travels internationally, or a young man with limited international experience, I hope that you can learn from international travel.

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Let me talk about the recent hot Japanese vacation. What are the most basic etiquettes to be aware of?

First of all, before going to a new country, we’d better spend a certain amount of time doing homework, and it’s a good choice to read the travel guide, especially to understand local customs and life taboos. A deeper understanding can also save us a lot of trouble during the journey and let us experience more happiness.

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Do you know what the most important point of the travel guide is? It is the logo of each country! Including no smoking, no parking, no entry, no photos, no eating, etc. In particular, some signs that are not or are not common in China should be mastered. If you don’t grasp these signs carefully, the consequences will be more than just one or two verbal warnings. Before being respectful and polite, we must first abide by the law.

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Second, carry a small plastic bag with you, and pack all the garbage with you before you see the trash can. Especially in Japan, because Japan does not have trash cans on the streets except subway stations and convenience stores. In fact, there are not a few countries that do not have trash cans on the streets like Japan. Bringing a small trash bag can reduce us. The embarrassment of holding garbage and not knowing how to deal with it. It can also reduce our urge to throw garbage everywhere. Imagine that there is a piece of rubbish in the big scenery film that was finally shot back. What a pity!

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So, what should I do if I see a cute child who wants to take a photo? No problem, it is best to ask his parents in advance "Can I take pictures?". When I saw a very distinctive shop, even if I didn’t plan to buy anything, I asked the shopkeeper "I think your shop is great. Can you let me take a picture?" before raising the camera. If you hold up a photo silently and face someone else, it will be a click. If you think about it, if a foreigner did the same in China, we would be surprised or even upset.

Only smoke in designated areas.

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This is very important. Even smoking indoors in Beijing will be fined, and in other countries you might even go to jail. For this, the Japanese have a deep understanding. Not to mention that each city in Japan has different smoking regulations. Even in Tokyo, each district has different smoking policies. For example, it is illegal to smoke while walking outdoors in Shinjuku.

Don't make a loud noise in public places.

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Those of you who have traveled in groups may agree with this. A group of people were excited to visit the scenic spots in a foreign country, and their voices rose unconsciously. Look at the expressions of the people around you. If there is a hint of disgust, it means that we should lower our voices.

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Have people who have been to Japan discovered long ago that in Japan, no matter it is a tram or a bus, you can hardly hear anything other than the sound of an announcement? That's because Japanese people mainly read books, play mobile phones or sleep supplements in public transportation. They don't make phone calls, talk loudly, and they don't use amplifiers to watch videos or listen to music! If you answer the phone in a Japanese train, the person who makes the call will also be regarded as someone who does not understand etiquette. It would be miserable if the caller happened to be the boss. The correct approach is not to answer even urgent calls. But get off at the nearest station and call the other party back immediately.

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The restaurant I want to go to is full, and there are already a lot of people waiting for the bus I want to take. The items I want to visit are temporarily restricted. When we travel abroad, we will encounter various times when we need to wait. At this time, the only thing we have to do is to wait patiently in the middle of the line, wait for our turn in a civilized and polite manner. Speaking of patience, what if we see someone in front of us taking a photo abroad? That’s right, of course it’s only after they finish shooting. I believe that most people can do this.

Be polite to others.

What is the specific performance? For example, sliding doors for ladies, supporting doors for those who want to enter later, letting others pass first, and so on. Isn’t it a good opportunity to gain the respect of others to show our humility in someone’s country?

Leave priority seats to those in real need.

Although traveling abroad can be very tiring, priority seats are prepared for people with special needs. I don’t know if you have ever paid attention to it. On public transportation in foreign countries, even if the priority seats are vacant, everyone would rather stand up than sit, even if you are tired and tired on the way to and from get off work. Because they all know that priority seats are for those with special needs.

Do not line up on the crosswalk.

If you travel with a lot of people, of course you want to walk around while chatting. It is a pity that crosswalks abroad are sometimes really narrow. If there are three people standing side by side, it is still very difficult for the fourth person to pass. In order to prevent people in a hurry from passing quickly, try not to walk side by side on the crosswalk. (This is also the reason to leave a space for people to pass quickly on the escalator, but whether you stand on the left or the right depends on the region.

So what will happen to family outings?

Parents with children, when they want to travel abroad, they will definitely want to bring their children together! While allowing children to experience the joy of life, they can also increase their vision and experience. Japanese parents are no exception. Every year during spring and summer vacations, many Japanese children follow in their parents' footsteps and go to another country. For traveling abroad with children, do you know what Japanese parents have to pay attention to?


1. If there are accompanying infants, please explain to the scenic spots in the itinerary in advance. Some attractions will be equipped with special facilities for accompanying young children, while others will inform young children that it is not suitable to go. In the case of not being able to go together, parents can only give up even though it is a scenic spot that they yearn for again. At the same time, it is best to inform in advance when booking a restaurant, because some restaurants strictly distinguish between adult and parent-child areas, while other high-end restaurants do not allow children who are too young to dine with them. Do you think this is not human enough? But for Japanese people who are afraid of causing trouble to others, it is necessary to confirm everything in advance so that the children and themselves can have fun and enjoy themselves.

2. If it is a restaurant where infants and young children can eat together, let the child sit on the seat instead of walking around randomly and disturbing the guests dining next to it. Not to trouble others is a belief that goes deep into the bones of the Japanese, and of course it must be taught from an early age.

3. If you need to educate your child for some reason, you must pay attention to the method. People around you don't really want to hear the roaring sound around you. That being said, when two Japanese speak, they may not even be able to hear each other clearly. Will they really yell at their children?

4. If the child offends other people, as long as the child can speak, it is best to let the child apologize. No matter how young a child is, it is the child's responsibility to make mistakes. Parents should not think that the responsibility of the child is the responsibility of the parents, and the parents should apologize on their behalf. I wonder if Chinese parents, like Japanese parents, think that their children’s mistakes are their own mistakes? In the spirit of cultivating children's sense of responsibility since childhood, if he really made a mistake, let him apologize.


5. If you are going out with a baby, it is best to bring his favorite pacifier. As short as a few hours, as long as ten hours, if there is always a baby crying around, how painful the person next to it should be.

Eating in a restaurant is more exquisite.

1. Wait patiently for the lead.

In addition to fast food restaurants, many foreign restaurants are not accessible at the door. There will be a friendly smiling leader standing at the door, and while confirming to customers whether they smoke, whether they need quiet and other dining habits, they will lead them into the restaurant. This point really needs special attention. Many restaurants in Japan do not set up reception desks outside because of the lack of staff. Everyone’s habit is usually to see signs in business, and enter as soon as the door is opened or closed. If you accidentally lose your position, you can only exit and stand in line at the door again. No matter how hungry you are, you have to wait for the waiter to lead in.


2. I don't know if you have ever had the experience of eating closed doors in a well-known overseas restaurant you like for a long time. Perhaps it was a temporary motive, or perhaps it happened to be learned of a certain restaurant in the local media. In short, I found out that it was full or temporarily rested. The disappointment at that time was really beyond words. At this time, as long as an email or a phone appointment is made in advance, you can save a lot of already precious travel time. And making an appointment in advance can give the store time to prepare in advance, and sufficient preparation may bring a better experience for diners. This is especially true for Japanese people. How many Japanese restaurants do not accept guests who do not make an appointment in advance. In case the restaurant is really full and we have to go, let's just wait in line for the leader.


3. Anyone who has been to Las Vegas has seen the rich buffet dinner in the casino restaurant! When many people see a variety of buffets, especially those beautiful and novel foods in casino buffets, they can't help but move everything to their small tables. For Japanese who can eat a bowl of rice in a teacup, this is a huge waste! If you can not take too much and no leftovers when eating a buffet, you can get another bonus item in terms of overseas travel etiquette. Of course, don't pick and choose with spoons or tongs when picking up a meal. After all, there are so many people who want to share a delicacy, so you have to leave others in a good mood to eat.


4. Eat quietly. This refers to quietness not only when eating or drinking soup, but also not talking loudly and not using mobile phones. Yes, you read that right, it is not possible to make and receive calls in many foreign restaurants! Because the restaurant is used to share the chef’s meticulously cooked dishes and connect with your family and friends. What should I do if there is an urgent call? Say apologies to the person you are traveling with, and walk out of the restaurant generously, and it will be fine! But you still have to pay attention to the time, otherwise the delicious dishes will be cold.


5. This article may not need to be mentioned again. We must all know that it is necessary to avoid wearing vests, T-shirts, shorts, slippers and travel shoes in high-end restaurants. Although our suitcase has limited space, stuffing an evening dress and high heels into it seems not difficult. If it really doesn’t fit in the suitcase, buy a set locally, or you’ll have to be prepared to be turned away from the restaurant.


6. Don't yell at the waiter. The service of the Japanese waiter is really nothing to say, treat every customer as God, and always greet others with a smile. But in foreign countries, the status of waiters is the same as that of guests. If we yell at the waiter, we can basically say goodbye to a pleasant meal. However, in fact, there is no need to worry that your requirements will not be met in time. Many foreign waiters earn tips, so they are very discerning. Sometimes they haven't opened their mouths. As long as they make a look or make a small gesture, the guard will come to your table immediately. (Even if you really need to call the waiter, don't call Waiter or something, just say Excuse me.

What should I pay attention to when shopping?


1. In high-end brand stores, it is actually a rude behavior to bring other brands of shopping bags into the store. Because the clerk of each brand is full of pride in the products of its own brand, if customers can also recognize the brand while respecting a brand, they may get better service. But what about tourists who are short on time and want to visit multiple stores at once? Do you have any good ideas on this point?

2. When shopping in boutiques, random touching, trying on, and trying on products are considered to be prohibited. When you want to try on and try on, just simply say hello to the clerk, and the clerk will be happy to provide service. Europe and the United States are no better than Japan. The clerk will not follow the customer and can understand it with just one look. Japanese people who are accustomed to the thoughtful and meticulous service may have to use a little less proficient English to communicate when abroad. Even if it is a department store where you can touch the merchandise at will, please put it back in place after seeing it and trying it out.

3. Keep the clothes neat and tidy. Those who have tried clothes abroad don’t know if they have noticed. Many fitting rooms have small white bags. What is this for? Yes, this bag is used to put on the head to prevent makeup or bright lipstick from smearing the clothes sold in the store. Although it feels a little weird, in order to keep the tried clothes on sale as new, I feel wronged and put on the bag first.

What should I pay attention to when staying in a hotel?


1. Even if the hotel has a dedicated service staff to clean the room, as tourists, if we can keep the room clean and tidy to a minimum, it is a top-quality hotel etiquette. For example, putting used towels as much as possible on the spot or around them is a little etiquette we can do. Moreover, the cleaners of foreign hotels are not as attentive as the proprietors of Japanese hot spring hotels. The beds can be set up for dinner and many things need to be done by yourself when you go abroad.

2. As long as you exit the door of the hotel room, it is a public place. Talking quietly and opening and closing the door quietly can avoid disturbing other guests. Japanese people who are used to traveling in groups should not call their teammates in the hallway. This should be basic common sense.


3. Avoid wearing bathrobes, pajamas and slippers in any public areas of the hotel. If it is a hotel with a swimming pool or beach, avoid wearing swimsuits in public places such as the lobby. Although in a Japanese hot spring hotel, you can eat in a restaurant and chat in the lobby even in a yukata, but you must avoid these when you go abroad.

4. Towels, ashtrays, bibles and some other cute gadgets and furnishings in the hotel, please stay in the hotel and let them serve the next guests. Don't think that people in highly developed areas will not do such things. Look at the Babylon Hotel. There are really many examples of this.

Let’s talk about religious taboos below:


1. Some churches and temples, especially Islamic temples, are not allowed to be visited by outsiders. It would be less rude to ask before going in.


2. Never pass in front of the person who is praying. It's too much to interrupt the communication between the prayer and the gods.


3. When visiting religious facilities such as temples, you need to pay attention to clothing. Especially women, can not wear shorts, vests, short skirts and other overly revealing clothing. Especially in Islamic monasteries, you need to cover your hair with a headscarf, and you must be careful not to expose the area above the ankle.


4. Hinduism believes that cows are sacred, so do not carry cowhide products with you when you enter the temple. In order to avoid embarrassment, please do not take bags made of cowhide and belts made of cowhide to Hindu areas.

So apart from Japan, what other countries have to pay attention to?

1. Singapore


1) Not only is it illegal to eat chewing gum in Singapore, it is also prohibited to bring chewing gum into the country. Even if you just take it with you, you will be fined if you are caught.

2) When taking a taxi in Singapore, you must wear a seat belt when sitting in the back seat.

3) For graffiti everywhere, you can be fined or jailed.

4) No eating or drinking on public transportation

2. Hawaii:


1) Drinking on the beach is illegal. Not even if you are 20 years old!

2) It is also illegal for a person under the age of 18 to sit in the passenger seat.

3. Thailand:


1) Thailand is a devout religious country, women should not talk to monks casually. In trams or other public transportation, if there is an empty seat next to the monk, women must not sit there, but if there is a man in the middle, it is allowed.

2) Thais believe that the head is the soul of a person, so touching someone's head casually, especially a child's head, is absolutely not allowed. No matter how cute children in Thailand are, they can't reach out.

5. Koreans do not lift rice bowls and plates from the table when eating. I don't know how Japanese people who want to pick up a bowl to eat will feel when they see this one.


6. Indians and Arabs regard their left hand as unclean, so please try to avoid using your left hand to receive things and eat.


7. Couples in Dubai, please let go of your little hands temporarily, because the country prohibits couples' intimacy in public. Of course, don't think about hugging and kissing, provided that you don't want to be caught.

8. If you want to buy local antiques in Turkey, you must obtain an official authorization document in advance, otherwise you will be locked up when you pass the customs.


9. In the United States, leaving children alone in a hotel and running out by themselves is considered child abuse. Originally, I went abroad with my children to appreciate the scenery abroad. Why would I leave my children alone in the hotel?


10. Be sure to avoid comparing scissor hands in the UK (pictured below), because that would be considered an insult to others. Although most British people are gentlemen, it is more difficult to deal with violent tempers.


11. If you want to bring cigarettes into Bhutan, you will be levied 100% of the tax. If you smoke in public, you will need to pay a fine of at least hundreds of dollars. In the happiest country in the world, if you can stop smoking without smoking, happiness will not be reduced.


12. In Saudi Arabia, not only is it illegal to eat pork, but it is also illegal to smoke and drink. I can't imagine what it would be like for someone who drinks, smokes, and eats pork in Saudi Arabia.

In addition, there are some other considerations:
1. In Europe and the United States, knocking on the toilet door will be considered as urging the people inside to come out quickly, so unless it is particularly urgent, you should turn the door handle first to check if there is anyone in the toilet. (Don’t block the line in the toilet. If it happens to be bad today, the people inside just won’t come out, so we can only watch the people who come after us go out before us. We don’t have to fight for luck in foreign countries. Keep coming first, line up at the door, there is no problem at all.


2. Pay attention to the words SMOKE FREE, although FREE can be understood as free, but SMOKE FREE does not mean smoking casually, but the meaning of smoking ban here. Of course, if you are really addicted to smoking, then quickly ask where you can smoke. If you smoke in a non-smoking area, the fine is considered light, and you will be in trouble if you go to jail.

4. As a common sense, tips must be paid in local currency. Since tipping is a way of expressing gratitude to those who have served you, it is not very polite to tip a handful of coins as a tip.


5.Lady First is the most common common sense in Europe and America. Women only need to accept this kind of behavior generously when traveling to Europe and America. Because of shyness and twitching, they will become rude.

Sum up so many basic overseas travel etiquette, what else do you want to add? What uncivilized practices have you seen while traveling abroad and want to complain? You are welcome to leave a message in the comments section at the bottom of this article to share your new ideas and suggestions on travel etiquette. Of course, we believe that as more and more people have overseas travel experience, their level of civilization will also be greatly improved.

Yesterday, we also did a more comprehensive guide to Japanese dining etiquette. If you are interested, you can click to read the original text to view it. Our Xinxianjupin has written dozens of articles related to tourism. Those who are interested may wish to click "Read the original text" in the lower left corner of this article to view more related articles.

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