Chinese Parents are Paying $600 For Their Children to Learn British Etiquette For a Day
A posh classroom in Shanghai was filled with children who had been brought by their wealthy parents to learn British manners.
The Royal Etiquette Training course, hosted by UK luxury children’s clothing brand David Charles, had a British etiquette expert teach children between the ages of 7 to 12 how to properly behave according to Western culture.
The one-day course cost parents 3,800 yuan ($587) per child and was presented as being a royal lunch held at the royal palace that the children were invited to by a prince or princess, according to the Daily Mail.
Before the class, the children were treated to a makeup session and photoshoot.
Each child was told to behave in a well-mannered way so that they would be invited to future royal events. This meant the children had to wait for everyone to be served before eating, not put their elbows on the table, and eat at an appropriate pace, among other things.
During the class, the children were taught lessons that taught them how to greet each other, how to excuse themselves from the table and how to use their silverware.
An afternoon tea session taught the children how to make a cup of tea, how to stir quietly, and how to make polite conversation.
At the end of the course, the students were presented with certificates at a graduation ceremony.
As many Chinese citizens gain newfound wealth and engage in more overseas travel, the demand for Westernized etiquette courses in the country has grown.
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