5 Bad Gift Ideas for Chinese People

    Next time you want to give something special to a Chinese person you know, be sure not to choose one of these bad gifts that are culturally taboo items. (Wichan Kongchan / 123rf)“Shoes” and “evil” are both pronounced “xié” in Chinese. Giving shoes can connote giving evil (except when given by relatives). (lexa1112 / 123rf)Umbrella is pronounced the same as the Chinese term for “break apart.” Giving a friend an umbrella means that you are destined to be apart in the future. (Nittaya Mungma / 123rf)Pears and plums, both pronounced “li” in Chinese, are similar to the pronunciation of “separate.” Giving either of these two fruits to someone means you might separate from each other in the future. (Dmytro Nikitin / 123rf)Candles are used for worshiping dead people; they make awful gifts. (Primoz Jenko / 123rf)Next time you want to give something special to a Chinese person you know, be sure not to choose one of these bad gifts that are culturally taboo items. (asenat29 / Flickr)Clock is pronounced the same as “the end“ in Chinese. Giving someone a clock means you are awaiting their death. (Konstantin Fedin / Flickr)

    Next time you want to give something special to a Chinese person you know, be sure not to choose one of these bad gifts that are culturally taboo items:

    1. Clocks

    Clock is pronounced the same as “the end“ in Chinese. Giving someone a clock means you are awaiting their death.

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    Clock is pronounced the same as “the end“ in Chinese. Giving someone a clock means you are awaiting their death. (Konstantin Fedin / Flickr)

    2. Shoes

    “Shoes” and “evil” are both pronounced “xié” in Chinese. Giving shoes can connote giving evil (except when given by relatives).

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    “Shoes” and “evil” are both pronounced “xié” in Chinese. Giving shoes can connote giving evil (except when given by relatives). (lexa1112 / 123rf)

    3. Umbrellas

    Umbrella is pronounced the same as the Chinese term for “break apart.” Giving a friend an umbrella means that you are destined to be apart in the future.

    bad gifts

    Umbrella is pronounced the same as the Chinese term for “break apart.” Giving a friend an umbrella means that you are destined to be apart in the future. (Nittaya Mungma / 123rf)

    4. Pears or plums

    Pears and plums, both pronounced “li” in Chinese, are similar to the pronunciation of “separate.” Giving either of these two fruits to someone means you might separate from each other in the future.

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    Pears and plums, both pronounced “li” in Chinese, are similar to the pronunciation of “separate.” Giving either of these two fruits to someone means you might separate from each other in the future. (Dmytro Nikitin / 123rf)

    5. Candles

    Candles are used for worshiping dead people; they make awful gifts.

    bad gifts

    Candles are used for worshiping dead people; they make awful gifts. (Primoz Jenko / 123rf)

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