Another fundamental skill in Chinese culture is using chopsticks. Many might even argue that the use of chopsticks may be a dying trait especially in younger children, so parents make sure to teach your children the proper ways and mannerisms around the use of chopsticks. There are a whole plethora of tips and tricks around this tool, but the one we want to highlight here is the placement of the chopsticks. Never, NEVER, place your chopsticks vertically into your bowl of rice. The act resembles the placement of joss sticks at an alter, and is considered rude or even taboo especially to the elders. Instead, rest your chopsticks across your dish/bowl, or place them on the table beside your bowl. Remember not to do this and be mindful of Chinese table manners.