Guest in the Home - 1

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It's common practice for Chinese to take their shoes off and change into slippers when entering their own home, as a sanitary practice. When a guest comes, however, the Chinese host will often waive this requirement for the guest in order to show courtesy and free them from the restraint. Nevertheless, you will see a rack of slippers by the entrance of the home, generally available for guests as well as for those who live there.

Culture tip:  If you should find yourself in the position of guest, you may want to observe what the host himself is wearing before you take up the offer of keeping your shoes on. Unless you have good reason to keep your shoes on, just do what the family appears to practice themselves, no matter how they profess that it makes no difference.