This is part 3 of a conversation I had with a taxi driver who took me to the airport in Shenzhen. The conversation was rather long, so I’ve split it into 6 parts. Click here if you’ve missed part 1 (“Is learning English hard for you?”) or part 2 (“Do you know Deng Xiaoping?”) and stay tuned for part 4-6: “Do you like China?”, “The most important thing is happiness” and “Does Austria also have birth planning?”.
He: “Are you flying back home?”
I: “I don’t, I’m flying to Kunming, one of my best friends is getting married.”
He: “Do you have a tradition of giving the couple gifts on their wedding?”
I: “We do. Since a couple used to move to their own place when they got married in the past, we would traditionally give them presents such as furniture or kitchen utensils. Nowadays, we often give them money instead, just like hongbao (红包 hóngbāo, little red envelopes with money inside), but without the red envelope.”
He: “Do you just shove the money into their hands then?”
I: “Oh no, that would be considered quite rude. We also put it into an envelope or something else.”
He: “I see.”
Do you have your own gift giving customs? I’d love to read about them in the comments’ section.