The place to ask China-related questions!
Beijing Shanghai Guangzhou Shenzhen Chengdu Xi'an Hangzhou Qingdao Dalian Suzhou Nanjing More Cities>>

Categories

Close
Welcome to eChinacities Answers! Please or register if you wish to join conversations or ask questions relating to life in China. For help, click here.

By continuing you agree to eChinacities's Privacy Policy .

Sign up with Google Sign up with Facebook
Sign up with Email Already have an account? .
1
1
You must be a registered user to vote!
You must be a registered user to vote!
2

Q: Tipping Etiquette: Should other countries embrace China’s ‘No Tipping Culture’ or Vice Versa ?

In China, it is not customary to tip at local restaurants, bars, taxi drivers and most other places. It is entirely at the discretion of customer to leave a tip if he's happy with the service or none if he's not or doesn't want to. It is neither expected nor an established practice.

 

This is different from many countries where tipping is expected, necessary and in some places even mandatory where 10-20% amount (gratuity/tip/service charge or give whatever name) is automatically added on to the bill to be shared by the employees.

 

Which of the two is better and worthy to be embraced by the other ?

 

  

4 years 33 weeks ago in  General  - China

 
Highest Voted
Posts: 2776

Emperor

1
1
You must be a registered user to vote!
You must be a registered user to vote!
0

I always drop a tip on a particular senior waitress at a really cheap and excellent dongbie restaurant near my house. At 'rice time' is is chocka block and a 30 min + wait is to be expected. My tip puts us immediately at the front of the line. Ethical, maybe not but it works.

 

I also tip taxi drivers the few rambos that add up to the 20 for my regular journey. Drivers will often be reluctant to stop for foreigners because they believe none of us can speak chinese. Word spreads quickly about the guy who can tell them where to go and tips. There are very few foreigners in my area and I am a desirable fare. And who wants a few grubby 1rmb notes and wumao coins anyway?wink

Report Abuse
4 years 33 weeks ago
 
Answers (6)
Comments (11)
1
0
You must be a registered user to vote!
You must be a registered user to vote!
1

Why should one have to embrace the other?  Is there such a thing as a superior culture?  Different countries speak different languages, so which one is the language that should be used in every country?

Report Abuse
4 years 33 weeks ago
 
Posts: 17769

Emperor

1
2
You must be a registered user to vote!
You must be a registered user to vote!
1

In China, they replaced tipping with overcharging, not only for waiguoren, but for Chinese too. Overcharging clearly shows cultural treat/direction.

 

Tipping in USA is unique American thing, and it would require cultural change in other countries to embrace the same custom. Wait staff in restaurants, hotels, and other service industry aren't paid for their work as the other workers are (managers, cooks and similar). 

 

I always show my satisfaction with service received anywhere in the world by adding extra money to the total charge.

 

I don't mind required 20% tip added to the total charge, if info about it is clearly displayed on the menu. Workers salary isn't included in the price of steak or scotch, in other words menu price is lower than if it would be, if workers would receive salary from the establishment....I'll always add some more money to the mandatory tip.

 

IMO, it shows the size of the balls one posses, while not paying voluntary fee/tip. = '... tiny, little, mincy faggot balls...' = movie quote.

 

Most required tip complainers (guests) don't know, wait staff's salary of the establishment is almost non-existent. Tip is their salary.

 

 

 

 

Report Abuse
4 years 33 weeks ago
 
1
1
You must be a registered user to vote!
You must be a registered user to vote!
0

I come from a civilised country where service staff are paid at a reasonable rate (remembering that it's an unskilled job), and where more experienced staff can expect to get a higher pay (that's a Labour government for you!) Therefore, while tipping is not mandatory in any way, it is expected where the service was good enough. It is usually only coins (but our $1 & $2 are coins - and so anything less than $5 in change will be coin!) I regularly notice tip jars that are half full (or half empty Tongue).

 

Would I tip staff here in China? Not often. They need to actually be good enough at their job for that.

 

I tipped a taxi driver 12RMB last night for asking me which route I preferred to go by to get home (Road X or Road Y). I told him this when I gave it to him, in the (naive) hope that the story will spread.

Report Abuse
4 years 33 weeks ago
 
Posts: 2776

Emperor

1
1
You must be a registered user to vote!
You must be a registered user to vote!
0

I always drop a tip on a particular senior waitress at a really cheap and excellent dongbie restaurant near my house. At 'rice time' is is chocka block and a 30 min + wait is to be expected. My tip puts us immediately at the front of the line. Ethical, maybe not but it works.

 

I also tip taxi drivers the few rambos that add up to the 20 for my regular journey. Drivers will often be reluctant to stop for foreigners because they believe none of us can speak chinese. Word spreads quickly about the guy who can tell them where to go and tips. There are very few foreigners in my area and I am a desirable fare. And who wants a few grubby 1rmb notes and wumao coins anyway?wink

Report Abuse
4 years 33 weeks ago
 
0
0
You must be a registered user to vote!
You must be a registered user to vote!
0

http://www.foxnews.com/food-drink/2018/08/05/mans-cheap-and-rude-tipping-method-goes-viral.html?intcmp=ob_article_footer_text&intcmp=obnetwork

 

I consider myself to be a asshole but sometimes I find real assholes much worse than me, but I only screw over rich folks and intellectual elite snobs, not working men and women.

Report Abuse
2 years 17 weeks ago
 
Posts: 64

Minor Official

2
0
You must be a registered user to vote!
You must be a registered user to vote!
2

tipping is a bad idea. it stems from the greed and selfishness of employers who didnt want to pay their employers so much, so they would pay them a small salary, and expect the employee to earn the rest through good service, but tipping has evolved in the us has evoled into something that people just expect. many cab drivers, or barbers will expect to be tipped despite the bad service they give

Report Abuse
2 years 17 weeks ago
 
Know the answer ?
Please or register to post answer.

Report Abuse

Security Code: * Enter the text diplayed in the box below
Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <img> <br> <p> <u>
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
  • Textual smileys will be replaced with graphical ones.

More information about formatting options

Forward Question

Answer of the DayMORE >>
A: Going to HK would be the best bet I reckon, especially if you were loo
A:Going to HK would be the best bet I reckon, especially if you were looking for a church wedding. Chinese weddings are pretty grim IMO - you go to a barren govt dept with souless officials and navigate red tape so some guy can give you a red stamp and a marriage book. You get expensive pictures taken of you both posing in places you'd never go to in everyday life that is somehow supposed to represent your wedding, then a while later it's off to a restaurant where a game show host kind of guy makes sure it's as tacky as possible while the guests eat as fast as they can so they can leave as soon as they finish eating and gave you money. Hell, I'd go to Thailand or the Philippines and get married in Paradise.   -- Stiggs