The Chinese and Western eating habits are different. In the west, everyone has his or her own plate of food. In , the dishes are placed on the table and everybody shares. It is always polite to let guests or elderly people at the table taste every dish first.

Although there are no strict rules on how to set chopsticks and spoons, there are some things you should never do during a Chinese banquet.

Firstly, and the most importantly, don’t put your chopsticks upright in the rice bowl. The reason for this is that when people die, family members give them a bowl of rice with a pair of chopsticks sticking out. So if you stick your chopsticks in the rice bowl, it seems you want someone at the table to die.

Make sure the spout of the teapot is not facing anyone as this is impolite. The spout should always be directed to where nobody is sitting. Don’t tap on your bowl with your chopsticks. Beggars tap on their bowls, so this is not polite, especially when you eat in a friend’s home.

Although teenagers are not expected to drink any alcohol, you can still say “Ganbei” and toast the longevity and health of your grandparents and parents. This is sure to please them.
Hi,Im from China.All that you said about eating in China is basically right and I think I can tell you more customs that you may be dont know.
When you are toasting to elders or respectable guests,you should let the edge your cup little lower than the other one to show your respect.It's widely used in China.It's funny to see tow people toasting to each other and they both want to reach the lower position of cup.Emotion: smile
Im a newbee for English,so please forgive me for my poor English.And I'll appreciate it very much if you correct for my grammar mistakes.
Don't worry,you may be stucked into cuture shock at first.But soon you'll get used it.Your English is pretty good.