Shànghǎi has few hard-and-fast etiquette rules but there are a few things worth noting:

  • Chinese people rarely kiss each other upon greeting, but shaking hands is fine.
  • If visiting a local person’s home, take off your shoes.
  • If you smoke, offer your cigarettes around.
  • Don’t stick your chopsticks vertically into your bowl of rice.
  • At dinner, it’s polite to ensure the person sitting next to you has enough to eat and to replenish their glass.
  • Avoid large, expansive physical gestures.