An example of qingke; a family treats some friends to dinner at a restaurant. PHOTO BY TOM CHRISTENSEN.

The proper treatment of guests has been an important duty and source of cultural pride for the Chinese for many centuries. A special term, qingke (guest hospitality), was, and continues to be, used to define this social phenomenon. Qingke refers both to a straightforward goal to maintain guanxi (interpersonal relationships) and, more

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By |2014-12-16T16:54:11-05:00January 23rd, 2012|Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, Customs, Society and Social Welfare|Comments Off on Qingke (Qǐngkè 请客)|Qǐngkè 请客 (Qingke)

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