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In a Chinese meal, an even number of dishes should be ordered. Odd numbers of dishes would be appropriate only for occasions such as meal after a funeral.
The best dish should be put in front of most important person in order to show your respect. Chicken head or duck head on a plate should not point at guests. The big bowl of soup should be placed in middle.
If you are guest, remember not to leave too much food behind because it would mean that you don't like food. Also, when you eat fish, it would be better if you just take out skeletons after finishing one side of meat than to turn whole fish upside down because it resembles a boat being turned upside down.
Rice in China is same important as potatoes in west. Some people need to eat 2 or more bowls of rice at each meal. Especially older generation, they can't have a meal without rice. However, modern Chinese tend to replace rice with congee (a kind of porridge like food made of rice boiled with a lot of water), noodles or even go without any. So if you are not a big rice eater, you still have a lot others to choose from.
With Chinese restaurants being so popular everywhere in world, I think it is time you should get a grip of how to use chopsticks.
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