Man­ners: In­ter­est En­trepreneursin eti­quette grow­ing to get taste of Bri­tish ci­vil­ity

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By CHRIS PETER­SON and CECILY LIU in London Con­tact the writ­ers at cecily.liu@mail.chi­nadai­lyuk. Con­tact the writ­ers at cecily. liu@mail.chi­nadai­


Fer­moy said he has al­ready taught some Chi­nese stu­dents ba­sic eti­quette in the UK.

In China, things such as English af­ter­noon tea, for­mal balls, coun­try house week­ends or dress­ing up for for­malIf you din­ners,want to with learn pol­ished about English­sil­ver plates man­ners and and cut­lery so­cial and eti­quette, served whyby not but­lersgo straigh­tand maids,to the are top? be­com­ing fash­ion­able.Baron Fer­moy, a cousin of Grow­ingthe late Princess­wealth in Diana China and means sixth that baron many in whoan Ir­ish can peer­agenow af­ford cre­at­edto as­pireby Queento live Vic­to­riathe Bri­tishin 1856, aris­to­crat­icwill go life­style,to Guangzhou cre­at­ing nexta huge month mar­ket­for a of week peo­ple to pay­ing­brief ea­ger­big mon­eyChi­nese for en­trepreneur­sauthen­tic Bri­tis­hon how eti­quette the up­per classes. crust lives in 21stcen­tury Fer­moy’s Eng­land. trip is be­ing or­ga­nizedThe Bri­tishby Peak tele­vi­sion Group se­ries Global, Down­tona cul­tural ex­changeAbbey, a or­ga­niz­er­huge hit basedin China,in Lon­don­has in­spiredand founded wealthyin 2005. Chi­nese to findHe will­out morebe talk­ing about howto a Bri­tain’sgroup of no­bil­i­tyno more lives. than 35 en­trepreneursFer­moy, born and Mau­rice their Burke fam­i­lies, Roche,a group an­nounced rang­ing de­tails­from pri­ma­ryon Wed­nes­day school of chil­dren­his Nov 6 to to par­ents12 visit. in their 30s and “My 40s. pur­pose is to bring the Events­best of tra­di­tion­al­lyBri­tish cul­ture ac­ces­si­bleto a Chi­nese only au­di­ence,”to the Fer­moy Bri­tish said. up­per “There classes, is like clearly the a Roy­al­fas­ci­na­tion As­cot racesin and Chi­nese Queen so­ci­ety Char­lotte’s as to why Ball, the have Bri­tish at­tract­ed­be­have as at­ten­tionwe do, with from the Chi­ne­seg­race and livthe man­ners we bring.

“This is a two-way street. I hope to bring the best of Chi­nese cul­ture to the UK,” he said.

Fer­moy said he has al­ready taught some Chi­nese stu­dents ba­sic eti­quette in the UK.

In China, things such as English af­ter­noon tea, for­mal balls, coun­try house week­ends or dress­ing up for for­mal din­ners, with pol­ished sil­ver plates and cut­lery and served by but­lers and maids, are be­com­ing fash­ion­able.

Grow­ing wealth in China means that many who can now af­ford to aspire to live the Bri­tish aris­to­cratic life-style, cre­at­ing a huge mar­ket of peo­ple pay­ing big money for au­then­tic Bri­tish eti­quette classes. ing over­seas, and their so­cial me­dia post­ings have be­come big talk­ing points in China.

In 2014, Bri­tain’s 250-yearold her­itage eti­quette or­ga­ni­za­tion, De­brett’s, es­tab­lished an of­fice in Bei­jing, teach­ing Chi­nese Fer­moy’s sec­ondary­trip is be­ing school or­ga­nized­stu­dents Bri­tishby Peak eti­quette Group in Global, part­ner­shipa cul­tural with ex­change Dul­wich or­ga­niz­erCol­lege Bei­jing. based in London and Grant founded Har­rold,in 2005.a for­mer but­lerHe willto be heir-to-the-thronetalk­ing to a groupthe Princeof no of more Wales thanand 35 his en­trepreneur­swife, the Duchess of and Corn­wall,their fam­i­lies, es­tab­lished a groupan rang­ing eti­quette from school pri­ma­ryin London school with chil­dren the ex­iled to Princess par­ents in Katar­i­natheir 30s of and Yu­goslavi­a40s. and Ser­bia. One­fourthofthes­tu­dentsinit­safter­noon Events tra­di­tion­ally ac­ces­si­ble only tea to andthe Bri­tish din­ner up­per eti­quette classes, classes like comethe Royal from China. As­cot races and Queen Char­lotte’s “Chi­nese Ball, stu­dents have are at­tracted very quick at­ten­tion learn­ers fro­mand ask Chi­ne­selots of liv­ing ques­tions,” over­seas, Har­rold and said. their so­cialA grow­ing me­dia num­ber post­ings of have Chi­nese be­come eti­quet­te­big talk­ing schools points are in also China. en­ter­ing the com­pe­ti­tion. In 2014, Bri­tain’s 250-yearold Lessons her­itage with eti­quette teach­ers or­ga­ni­za­tion, fly­ing in from the De­brett’s,UK can cost es­tab­lished 9,800 yuan ($1447.9)an of­fice for in two Bei­jing, days, teach­ing­but lessons Chi­nese with sec­ondary Western school teach­ers stu­dents­based in Bri­tish China eti­quette are 6,800 yuanin part­ner­ship­for a pack­age withof 10 Dul­wichshort classes. Col­lege Bei­jing.

Grant Har­rold, a for­mer but­ler to heir-to-the-throne the Prince of Wales and his wife, the Duchess of Corn­wall, es­tab­lished an eti­quette school in London with the ex­iled Princess Kata­rina of Yu­goslavia and Ser­bia. One-fourth of the stu­dents in its af­ter­noon tea and din­ner eti­quette classes come from China.

“Chi­nese stu­dents are very quick learn­ers and ask lots of ques­tions,” Har­rold said.

A grow­ing num­ber of Chi­nese eti­quette schools are also en­ter­ing the com­pe­ti­tion.

Lessons with teach­ers fly­ing in from the UK can cost 9,800 yuan ($1447.9) for two days, but lessons with Western teach­ers based in China are 6,800 yuan for a pack­age of 10 short classes.

Ve­hi­cles in­volved in a traf­fic ac­ci­dent are car­ried away from the scene in Bei­jing on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon. Sev­eral ve­hi­cles were rear-ended and five peo­ple in­jured. In­ves­ti­ga­tion into the cause of the ac­ci­dent is still un­der­way.

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