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Chinese Association of Zoological Gardens Dinner

Here's a shot from our table at the final Chinese Association of Zoological Gardens dinner last night.

Amazing food. There's also a very appealing protocol in China at dinners or gatherings like this of repeated toasts to each other's health. One can make one at your own table, or wander over to another table to toast an individual or the entire table. Results in a very congenial and interactive atmosphere, and opportunities to be introduced to and exchange cards with Chinese colleagues. Appears that a rice liquor is the official toasting drink, but soft drinks are acceptable.

I'm sure there are many protocol nuances that I'm missing, and I'm hoping much forgiven for foreigners.

China Association of Zoological Gardens Dinner

Chinese Association of Zoological Gardens Dinner

Here's a shot from our table at the final Chinese Association of Zoological Gardens dinner last night. Amazing food. There's also a very appealing protocol in China at dinners or gatherings like this of repeated toasts to each other's health. One can make one at your own table, or wander over to another table to toast an individual or the entire table. Results in a very congenial and interactive atmosphere, and opportunities to be introduced to and exchange cards with Chinese colleagues. Appears that a rice liquor is the official toasting drink, but soft drinks are acceptable. I'm sure there are many protocol nuances that I'm missing, and I'm hoping much forgiven for foreigners.