Gift giving is regarded as a kind of way to show the appreciation or develop people’s relationship. If you have a Chinese friend, you may want to know what gifts are appropriate for them.
Don’t gift clock
Don’t give a clock 钟， this is because giving clock 送钟 sounds like ‘ Sòng Zhōng ‘(送终) which means attending the funeral ritual of a person. Pretty sure you don’t want to be extending that message …
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Don’t gift green hat
In Chinese culture, wearing green hat means being cheated on by one’s unfaithful wife.
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Don’t gift umbrellas
Giving your friend an umbrella伞 as a gift is not good idea, because 伞 sounds like 散（Sàn） in Chinese, which has a meaning about separation or ending the relationship.
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Don’t gift pears
Pear is a delicious fruit, but the sound of “梨” in Chinese has the same meaning for leaving 离（Lí） or divorce. Giving pears means both of you will lose each other in the future.
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Don’t gift scissors
Scissors and sharp objects may also are not the best gift for your friend. These things are used for breaking or cutting; they may ‘cut’ the relationship between you and your friend, and make your friend feel threatened as well.
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