Do you know how to greet people during this special period?

  Say no to a handshake, give up high fives, refuse kisses on the cheek and definitely avoid hugging. All around the world people are changing their daily habits at work and at home to reduce the risk of contracting the coronavirus and prevent it from spreading.

   In a sign of the times, Germanys interior minister Horst Seehofer rebuffed Chancellor Angela Merkels attempt to shake hands with him on Monday, smiling and keeping both his hands to himself.

  Now, it's very necessary for us to adopt new greeting styles, check this table to find how we can greet people and keep us both safe.

New words



w shu 


shake hands

hu shu 


wave hands

qn wn 


kiss on cheecks

din tu 


nod head

yng bo 



gng shu 


Chinese gonghsou gesture

j zhng 


give me five

h sh l 




j gng 



( from NUS university)