The Chinese have a rich heritage and culture when it comes to drinking and giving cheers. Just like other big countries such as France or Germany, there are rules involved in order to not come off rude or disrespectful. They aren’t crazy to learn and you most likely do most of them already.
Before we go into how the Chinese prefer to cheers, we did want to mention that while you are in China you will quickly learn that the popular drink of choice is the Fiery Baijiu. It’s local to the country and is present in bars, business meetings, and really wherever people get together to socialize.
Ganbei – (pronounced “gon bay”). Ganbei is the proper way to give cheers in Chinese. In English terms the meaning is “bottoms up”. They do take this cheers to hear and if you are caught giving or receiving this toast, get ready to finish your drink. This can lead to many challenges among tables to see who has what is takes to last all night. The good thing is you will quickly make new friends if you can remember their names the next morning.