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1/6 Beijing Open Class for Adults

One is not born noble, one becomes one. The aristocratic behaviour cannot be possessed in one day; it comes over time through constant efforts. For you ladies and gentlemen to acquire the true essence of etiquette, let’s discover the noble heritage together on January 6th, let’s discover the noble heritage together at Ritz-Carlton Beijing, Financial Street!

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Open Classes

1/5 Beijing Open Class for Children

Excellence is rarely innate, it is acquired throughout time. We value family as the core of society and parents are the best teachers, so we propose family etiquette classes, for adults and children together, on January 5th at Ritz-Carlton Beijing, Financial Street!

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Open Classes

11/17 Shenzhen open class

One is not born noble, one becomes one. The aristocratic behaviour cannot be possessed in one day; it comes over time through constant efforts. For you ladies and gentlemen to acquire the true essence of etiquette, let’s discover the noble heritage together on November 17th at Hilton Shenzhen Futian.

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Table Manners

Chinese seating plan know-how!

Ladies and gentlemen, nowadays we attend all kind of events. Do you know the traditional Chinese seating plan, the right or the left side carries honour? When you need to organize a Chinese dinner, do you know how to place your guest? Review together with us!

The same as for a Western table sitting plan, in China, before placing the guests at the table, we have to take the following items into consideration to create warm banquet atmosphere.

Seats of Honour:
The seats of honour, are reserved for the host of the dinner or the guest with the highest status, facing the entrance or east. Those with higher position sit closer to the host of the dinner. The guests with the lowest position sit furthest from the seat of honour.

Round table:
Principles of business seating plan:
1. The seat facing the entrance is the seat of honour. The right side is more important than the left side. Seats with a good view and close to walls also carry honour.
2. People from two different companies shall alternate the seats.

Here we listed three common situations, based on the number of host side:
a. One-host banquet
In business dinner, the host takes the main seat, and the rest of the people take seats according to the right side rule, and both parties shall alternate with each other. Therefore, the shape of the same party looks like a zigzag line.

b. Two hosts (same gender) banquet
This is common in business occasions, the first and second hosts are the same gender, seats facing to each other. The rest of the people also apply to the “right side rule”.

c. Two hosts (host and hostess) banquet
This is the family style. Generally, the host faces the entrance (so that he can guide latecomers) and the hostess faces the kitchen door, in order to guide staff serving with eye contact.

Square table:
Traditional/ancient rule: “The left side and door-facing seats were more important.” Take Eight Immortals Table for example, a big square table with benches for two people on each side. Facing to the entrance side are the main seats (for the most important guest). The seats on the left hand side of the main seat were, from left in order of importance were third, fifth and seventh; and those on the right were second, fourth, sixth and eighth.

In grand banquet:
1. The table of honour is the one furthest from the entrance.
2. If there are many tables in one room, the central one is the table of honour.

Dear ladies and gentlemen, above are the general principals of Chinese seating plans, but the actual situations are quite complicated because of regional, cultural and other differences.

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Table Manners

10 finger foods you may be confused with

Dear ladies, gentlemen and children, there is a time when you can release yourself from using cutleries. Some foods are meant to be eaten with your fingers. The question is do you know what they are?
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Table Manners

Divine buffet host/participant

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, do you know how to host a buffet? How much food per person to prepare? How to keep your food warm or cold? Rules to follow at a buffet restaurant? Let’s discover together!
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Table Manners

How to decorate your Christmas table?

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, Christmas is knocking at our door! Ms Milakov and I are proposing you to see how to have an elegant table decoration? How to fold the napkins? What Christmas styles you can apply? Let’s see together!

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Table Manners

Chinese drinking etiquette know-how!

Dear ladies and gentlemen, a lot of you asked us to write about Chinese drinking etiquette. When is it your turn to toast your host? How to refuse the drink? When to refill the glass? Let’s discover together!
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Table Manners

Table Plans for Social Occasions

Dear ladies and gentlemen: we often have family dinners, or dinners with friends. How to create a proper table plan for this occasion? I propose you to discover here the etiquette rules for social occasions.
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Table Manners

10 mistakes in Chinese table manners

Dear ladies, gentlemen and children, it is believed that practising good Chinese dining manners can bring health and good fortune. An ill-timed faux-pas at a dinner could hinder the forging of new deals or friendships. Let’s review together 10 mistakes to be avoided!

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Table Manners

Tipping etiquette

Dear ladies and gentlemen, there are 194 counties in the world that wait to be discovered by you. Don’t wait until you’ve already ordered a steak in New York or delicious baguette in Paris to figure it out whether or not you should leave a tip. Instead, let me guide you through gratuity etiquette.

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Table Manners

How to eat caviar?


Dear ladies, gentleman and kids, you will certainly enjoy a high-end dinner which includes one of the oldest delicacies around, the caviar. However, are you familiar with its etiquette? How to serve and enjoy this delicacy? How to recognize the caviar’s quality?

I am inviting you to join me and have a look at one of the world’s most exclusive delicacies.

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Table Manners

Why do Chinese eat with chopsticks?

Dear ladies and gentlemen, we are all used to that “Chinese eat with chopsticks while westerners eat with fork & knife”. But do you know why Chinese choose and stick to chopsticks for thousands of years?

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Social & Business Manners

Giving an elegant toast!

Dear ladies and gentlemen, toasting to health, wealth, love, friendship, etc has been practised for many centuries. If you want to acknowledge an event or compliment an important visitor: be sure to know how. Polish your toastings skills with me!
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Social & Business Manners

15 tips for blind dating!

Dear ladies and gentlemen, you may encounter a blind date these days. Your family and friends may arrange one for you or you may find a match on TanTan, Tinder and other apps. How to behave during a blind date? Is it okay to flirt? Should you kiss at the end? Let’s prepare for it together!

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Social & Business Manners

Etiquette for attending balls

Dear ladies and gentlemen, have you ever been to a ball? Do you know the etiquette about balls? Review with us!
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Social & Business Manners

How to deal with awkward situations

Dear ladies and gentlemen, very often we will attend some social events, like formal dinners, cocktail parties etc. However, there are always some unforeseen circumstances that would embarrass everyone. Then what would you do to gracefully remove yourself from such embarrassments?

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Social & Business Manners

How to choose an English name?

Dear ladies and gentleman, pronouncing Chinese names can be tricky and hard for non-native speakers. Therefore, Chinese people usually decide to give themselves or their children anglicised names so it’s easier for them to integrate into Western society. However, do you know what is the best method for choosing the proper name which won’t ashamed you?
Our guide for giving a proper English name is suitable for any English-speaking country, we will use America as an example.
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Social & Business Manners

Social manners: mistakes of Donald Trump

Dear ladies and gentlemen, social manners are critically important in diplomatic occasions. For politicians, being exposed to cameras and examined by critics are their routine. Today, we will have a special analysis of the social manners of American President: Donald Trump. How many mistakes can you recognize?

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Social & Business Manners

The rules for online social networking

Dear ladies and gentlemen, nowadays our social activities rely more and more on internet. As we all agree that a new space of human interactions also means new etiquette rules. So, let’s review together the new rules for online social networking.

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Woman Fashion

How to dress sexy but not vulgar?

Dear ladies, it is the end of the year again, peak time of parties, high evening events, etc. If you want to look sexy, here is our advice to handle occasions and the faux-pas to avoid looking vulgar during those events.
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Woman Fashion

How pearl lovers wear pearls

Dear ladies, do you have any pearl accessories? Pearls, as the most precious and expensive gems on earth in ancient times, are still the beloved pieces for almost everyone. Let’s review together how pearl lovers wear them with elegance!
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Woman Fashion

Accessories for an elegant winter look!

Dear ladies, the winter is a perfect time to adorn your dressing style with a hat, scarf and gloves. That’s why I am sure you are thinking about these questions: How can you tie your scarf? Should you wear long or wrist length gloves? When you should take off your hat? About these and more, please follow me.
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Woman Fashion

Fashion Rules for an Elegant Lady

Dear ladies, how many of you have ever wondered how to be elegant and how to behave accordingly? Let’s see how with simple fashion rules to follow you can achieve a truly elegant style.
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Woman Fashion

Dress code: the meaning behind

Dear ladies and gentlemen, you may receive an invitation nowadays which read white tie, black tie or cocktail dress code required. What does that mean? What are dos and don’ts of each type? Let’s review together!

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Woman Fashion

High heels: proper heels shapes

Dear ladies, when it comes to high heels, I know you have a special place in your hearts for them. We already have talked about perfect heel height, which height to have for different occasions and postures.Today, let’s talk about heel’s shape and elegance.

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Woman Fashion

Colour protocol for 2018 autumn look

Dear ladies, have you ever found yourself wondering how to smoothly transition between your summer and autumn wardrobe? It’s a common problem we all face. Here’s a quick five-minute guide to how to change up your autumn wear and stay stylish throughout this season.

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Man Fashion

How to wear a pocket square

Dear Gentlemen (and curious Ladies), accessorising your outfit can upgrade your look effortlessly for any occasion. Therefore, knowing the pocket square etiquette is essential. Take out your squares and let’s learn together!
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Man Fashion

Gentlemen’s sitting and standing poses

Dear gentlemen, I am Alexey, trainer for Académie de Bernadac and in today’s article, I will teach you sitting and standing postures you should always adopt. It will give you an elegant figure, convey a confident attitude and also improve your health. Let’s see how a man should sit and stand properly.
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Man Fashion

How a gentleman chooses a tailored suit

Dear gentlemen, you are about to buy a new suit but you don’t know how to choose one that will fit your needs and your personality. In this article we will teach you all the steps to create your own suit with a tailor’s advice from Atelier Fusari.

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Man Fashion

Dress code: the meaning behind

Dear ladies and gentlemen, you may receive an invitation nowadays which read white tie, black tie or cocktail dress code required. What does that mean? What are dos and don’ts of each type? Let’s review together!

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Man Fashion

Do you have a proper hairstyle?

Dear gentlemen, our hairstyle is an important part of our first impression. It projects confidence, may give you younger appearance and also affects admiration and respect from others. How to find the one that looks most flattering on you? Please follow me to discover!

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Man Fashion

Make or break menswear look: Cufflinks


Dear gentlemen, cufflinks can be a finishing touch to top off your daily attire, regardless if it is a formal/informal social or business occasion. They should stay in tune with your sophisticated style and express who you are! With that in mind, let’s review together how, when and which cufflinks to use!

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Daily Etiquette

Queen vs Duchess: Who is more ladylike?

Dear ladies and gentlemen, Queen Rania and Duchess Kate are royal fashion icons. Ms Svetlana and I are having a debate which lady is more gorgeous. Finally, we can’t make a decision, therefore we are inviting you to help us! Please join us in this difficult decision.

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Daily Etiquette

Door etiquette: entering and exiting

Dear ladies, gentlemen and children handling a door is such a simple thing but it unlocks a lot of good things. Do you know how to approach the door in different situations and don’t lose your face? Let’s look at them so you never fail in this important social contact.
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Daily Etiquette

Unique home of sophisticated person

Dear ladies and gentlemen, today you may buy everything in a few clicks. But having a unique home requires more than just buying the luxurious goods. But what is that ‘more’ on your way to sophisticated uniqueness? What luxurious items will help?
Let’s have a look together!
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Daily Etiquette

How to be an elegant pet owner?

Dear ladies, gentlemen and children our pets are our best friends! In order to cherish that relationship, we should be well-mannered! How to elegantly walk with a pet? Can you bring your dog to a wedding? Should you separate your pet and houseguests? Let’s solve these concerns together!

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Daily Etiquette

Secrets for elegantly umbrella usage

Dear ladies, gentlemen and children, there is one small piece of property that we may not treat properly. It was invented in China in the 11th century BC, it was the first silk and waterproof article used by nobility and royalty. It protects us all year long. As you may guess, it’s an umbrella! Today I propose you to review together the proper umbrella etiquette.

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Daily Etiquette

How to be a genuinely polite person?

Dear ladies, gentlemen and children politeness is nothing hard to achieve. It’s just common sense, manners and making others feel appreciated. Politeness will make you be more likeable, appreciated, loved, respected, etc… Let’s have a look at 16 things that genuinely polite people possess!
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Public Speaking

The art of hand gestures

Dear ladies and gentlemen, while you speak, do you also talk with your hands? Do you know why you are having these gestures? Hand gestures are also another form of communication. Let’s learn some confident and meaningful hand gestures to adopt!
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Public Speaking

6 tips to be a great speaker

Dear ladies and gentlemen, many of you regularly ask us how to be a better speaker in public. This is an art we can all work on, to impress people. I propose you here 6 tips to increase your oral impact.

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Public Speaking

Do you speak with lots of crutch words?

Dear ladies and gentlemen, have you ever been bothered by filler words like”em”,”um”,”ah”,etc..? In fact, when you are nervous or distracted, you would tend to lean on these fillers to collect your thoughts. And there are also cases when people use these words just because they are used to them. But once you start to overuse them, they become crutch words. Then, do you know how to eliminate these crutch words to make your speech clearer and easier to follow?

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Photo Posing

Secrets for having a red carpet photo

Dear ladies, you probably have posed so many times when taking photo, either for someone or for yourself. There are ways of posing that can make you look slimmer, more elegant and gorgeous! For having the best photo pose is not all, your shoes and facial expression have a critical role too. How to have the perfect match of those 3 elements? Take the camera and practice with us!

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Table Manners

Chinese seating plan know-how!

Ladies and gentlemen, nowadays we attend all kind of events. Do you know the traditional Chinese seating plan, the right or the left side carries honour? When you need to organize a Chinese dinner, do you know how to place your guest? Review together with us!

The same as for a Western table sitting plan, in China, before placing the guests at the table, we have to take the following items into consideration to create warm banquet atmosphere.

Seats of Honour:
The seats of honour, are reserved for the host of the dinner or the guest with the highest status, facing the entrance or east. Those with higher position sit closer to the host of the dinner. The guests with the lowest position sit furthest from the seat of honour.

Round table:
Principles of business seating plan:
1. The seat facing the entrance is the seat of honour. The right side is more important than the left side. Seats with a good view and close to walls also carry honour.
2. People from two different companies shall alternate the seats.

Here we listed three common situations, based on the number of host side:
a. One-host banquet
In business dinner, the host takes the main seat, and the rest of the people take seats according to the right side rule, and both parties shall alternate with each other. Therefore, the shape of the same party looks like a zigzag line.

b. Two hosts (same gender) banquet
This is common in business occasions, the first and second hosts are the same gender, seats facing to each other. The rest of the people also apply to the “right side rule”.

c. Two hosts (host and hostess) banquet
This is the family style. Generally, the host faces the entrance (so that he can guide latecomers) and the hostess faces the kitchen door, in order to guide staff serving with eye contact.

Square table:
Traditional/ancient rule: “The left side and door-facing seats were more important.” Take Eight Immortals Table for example, a big square table with benches for two people on each side. Facing to the entrance side are the main seats (for the most important guest). The seats on the left hand side of the main seat were, from left in order of importance were third, fifth and seventh; and those on the right were second, fourth, sixth and eighth.

In grand banquet:
1. The table of honour is the one furthest from the entrance.
2. If there are many tables in one room, the central one is the table of honour.

Dear ladies and gentlemen, above are the general principals of Chinese seating plans, but the actual situations are quite complicated because of regional, cultural and other differences.

Read More

Daily Etiquette

Queen vs Duchess: Who is more ladylike?

Dear ladies and gentlemen, Queen Rania and Duchess Kate are royal fashion icons. Ms Svetlana and I are having a debate which lady is more gorgeous. Finally, we can’t make a decision, therefore we are inviting you to help us! Please join us in this difficult decision.

Read More

Social & Business Manners

Giving an elegant toast!

Dear ladies and gentlemen, toasting to health, wealth, love, friendship, etc has been practised for many centuries. If you want to acknowledge an event or compliment an important visitor: be sure to know how. Polish your toastings skills with me!
Read More

Table Manners

10 finger foods you may be confused with

Dear ladies, gentlemen and children, there is a time when you can release yourself from using cutleries. Some foods are meant to be eaten with your fingers. The question is do you know what they are?
Read More

Man Fashion

How to wear a pocket square

Dear Gentlemen (and curious Ladies), accessorising your outfit can upgrade your look effortlessly for any occasion. Therefore, knowing the pocket square etiquette is essential. Take out your squares and let’s learn together!
Read More

Social & Business Manners

15 tips for blind dating!

Dear ladies and gentlemen, you may encounter a blind date these days. Your family and friends may arrange one for you or you may find a match on TanTan, Tinder and other apps. How to behave during a blind date? Is it okay to flirt? Should you kiss at the end? Let’s prepare for it together!

Read More

Woman Fashion

How to dress sexy but not vulgar?

Dear ladies, it is the end of the year again, peak time of parties, high evening events, etc. If you want to look sexy, here is our advice to handle occasions and the faux-pas to avoid looking vulgar during those events.
Read More

Table Manners

Divine buffet host/participant

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, do you know how to host a buffet? How much food per person to prepare? How to keep your food warm or cold? Rules to follow at a buffet restaurant? Let’s discover together!
Read More

Table Manners

How to decorate your Christmas table?

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, Christmas is knocking at our door! Ms Milakov and I are proposing you to see how to have an elegant table decoration? How to fold the napkins? What Christmas styles you can apply? Let’s see together!

Read More

Daily Etiquette

Door etiquette: entering and exiting

Dear ladies, gentlemen and children handling a door is such a simple thing but it unlocks a lot of good things. Do you know how to approach the door in different situations and don’t lose your face? Let’s look at them so you never fail in this important social contact.
Read More

Open Classes

1/6 Beijing Open Class for Adults

One is not born noble, one becomes one. The aristocratic behaviour cannot be possessed in one day; it comes over time through constant efforts. For you ladies and gentlemen to acquire the true essence of etiquette, let’s discover the noble heritage together on January 6th, let’s discover the noble heritage together at Ritz-Carlton Beijing, Financial Street!

Read More

Open Classes

1/5 Beijing Open Class for Children

Excellence is rarely innate, it is acquired throughout time. We value family as the core of society and parents are the best teachers, so we propose family etiquette classes, for adults and children together, on January 5th at Ritz-Carlton Beijing, Financial Street!

Read More