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Napkins?

Updated: Jun 14, 2023

The random cultural difference of the day?


Napkins.


The item that you think of as a facial tissue? It serves another purpose here in China. It's also a napkin at meal time. The thicker more coarse paper we use as a napkin in the states doesn't exist here. Well, I've seen a few, but they're super rare.


In a nicer restaurant here you won't see paper napkins as we know them. You get a small package of facial tissues (or what we know of as Kleenex). You know the small packs of tissue your mom has in her purse? Yeah. That.


Another common thing you see here in a Chinese restaurant is the large round table with a lazy Susan in the center. I've lost count of the number of meals that I've eaten in a group setting that looks like this...



Yeah, that's Chairman Mao and President Nixon enjoying some Peking Duck with the rotating center on the table (Correction: Someone old enough to know better corrected me. That's not Chairman Mao).


That is all. Have a pleasant Flag Day (Happy Birthday Mom!).

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48protz
48protz
Jun 14, 2023

Sorry to disillusion you, Dave, but Nixon’s dinner companion to his right is Zhou Enlai. 😉

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David Shick!
David Shick!
Jun 14, 2023
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Ack. :FacePalm:

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What an odd thing. Wonder how that developed or why ended up with something so different?

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