A series of dishes in steaming baskets similar.

Dining Etiquette in Hong Kong

In Hong Kong, communal eating is essential to everything from family life to concluding business deals. Here are a few rules and customs worth following to make sure you end up with food—and not your foot—in your mouth.

Brick buildings with open storefronts along a street filled with pedestrians.

Everyday Customs & Etiquette in Mexico

While good manners are universally appreciated, Mexicans know that foreigners may not understand the country’s codes and customs. Politeness, patience, and a smile go a long way, but here is some additional information to make eating meals or greeting strangers go more smoothly.

A classic art nouveau Metropolitain entrance leading down into the Abbesses station.

Taking the Métro in France

If you’re moving to France or just visiting, author Aurelia d’Andrea shares what it’s like to take the Métro in Paris and other cities. She also includes tips for standard etiquette and the most cost-effective ticketing options.

Closeup view of a row of ornate brass tap handles in a pub.

British Drinking Etiquette

There is no table service at pubs in Britain, so getting a drink is a free-for-all at the bar. If you don’t want to stand out from the crowd, read on for a quick overview of pints, rounds, and whether or not you can order your favorite cocktail.

Round wooden steamer trays filled with assorted foods including dumplings and steamed buns.

Chinese Dining Customs

Did you know that splitting the cost of a meal in China is considered rude? Or that if you find it tough to use chopsticks, holding the bowl close to your mouth is perfectly acceptable? Read on for details about what to expect when eating like a local in China.

A man sells items to passengers on the Seoul metro.

Understanding South Korean Customs and Etiquette

The basic Korean rules of conduct could almost be viewed as opposite to the Western ones. Read on to develop an understanding of how Korean customs and day-to-day etiquette differs from what most Western travelers or hopeful expats are accustomed to.