In China you never drink alone when you drink alcoholic beverages such as rice whiskey or rice wine (baiJiu or rocket fuel), red wine (preferred in China) or beer. When you are drinking with your Chinese family and friends in China you should never drink alone. What I mean is if you drink you should always “Cheers” to someone in your group. It is different in the US and we typically “Cheers” to the first drink then drink when we feel like it. But in China if you want to drink in your group you should never drink without “Cheering” to someone else it is bad manners. So if you get thirsty just “Cheers” to someone in your party and you will have a great time. Now if you find yourself in a group and are the only foreigner then each member will want to drink with you as a sign of respect. Only do this once because you could find yourself drinking so much more than everyone else. For example, when I first went to China and was at a banquet dinner and I was the only foreigner with 8 others then each person wanted to “Cheers” individually. But I found the others would not drink with each other, therefore I would drink 8 times to their 1 time. Now I typically do this for only 1 round each then make everyone else drink when I drank to keep at the same pace. Again you never drink alone in a group in China so if each person does not drink at the same time then you could be drinking a lot more than them.
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