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Although in China there are no fixed rules for greeting one another, physical contact is much less common than in Europe. Only a small, though increasing, minority of young people hug or kiss their closest friends. Shaking hands has become a broadly accepted gesture in the great metropolises, but still by far not as widespread as in Europe.

The commonest and most neutral greeting are a polite ''ni hao'' and a slight nod of the head. Contrary to the Japanese, Chinese do not make deep bows.


hài
hài
 


Hi!


huān
huān
yíng
yíng
 


Welcome.


nǐ
hǎo
hǎo
 


Good morning.


nǐ
hǎo
hǎo
 


Good afternoon.


nǐ
hǎo
hǎo
 


Good evening.


wǎn
wǎn
ān
ān
 


Good night.


zài
zài
jiàn
jiàn
 


Good bye.See you later.


The phrase ''Ni Hao'' is a very practical one, since it can be used at any time of the day or night.



 
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