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1. Getting grossed out
Come on now, you've heard the saying, "the Chinese eat every part of the pig but the oink". Well, there may be a seed of truth to every legend, but consider that with over a billion mouths to feed, waste not is want not. Rather than dashing out of the restaurant squealing "enough with the entrails", it's not rude to tell your host that you prefer to eat meat and not the insides, and that you like eating rice and vegetables too. Read more about Water & Food Safety in China.
2. Forgetting to put your definition of "rude" in your back pocket for the trip
It is rude in the West to spit, belch, shout and shove. Not so in China. Don't be surprised if you hear a loud hawk as a bicyclist rides by preparing to expectorate or a healthy satisfied burp from your taxi driver as he nods acknowledgement of your destination. These attributes go part and parcel with the merry and demonstrative Chinese people. You don't have to embrace these quirks, but accept that cultures are different. And difference is good.