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8 Strange Things in Foreigners' Eyes
   2014-08-21 15:58:24    China Daily      Web Editor: Qin Mei

What are the things considered the norm in China but weird to foreigners? Some Forum readers share their opinions. You're also welcome to join the discussion.

MichaelM (US)

I heard recently that after giving birth, women aren't allowed to take a bath or shower. They shouldn't wash their hair for over a month. They shouldn't return to work for nearly 3 months. Very different in the West. I really don't know or understand the rationale or if it's just some kind of tradition.
我最近听说,女性在生完孩子之后不可以洗澡淋浴,一个月不能洗头,近三个月内不能工作。这和西方完全不一样。我真的不明白为什么要有这些规矩,或者这是某种传统。

Some of the no-nos on the traditional list, even though most new mothers are unable, or unwilling, to observe them all strictly nowadays, include: no direct contact with the wind, no going out, no fruits, no vegetables, no salt, no wearing sandals, no exposing of the heels, no leaving empty space between the waist and back of a chair (cushion required), no hair washing, no baths, no brushing teeth, no brushing hair, no TV watching, no crying, no boiled water, and more.

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