Yes, they will give you forks and spoons most of the time - in fact they always may be thinking you are a westerner not knowing how to eat properly with chopsticks, but we don't offer asian tourists chopsticks in our restaurants (unless it is a Sushi-Bar, Ramen-Shop, Chinese restaurant) and they have to work it out with knife, fork and spoon, so I thought it would be fair and square to have my meals with chopsticks during my stay in Beijing (laugh). After two days I was able to eat single sweet corn grains using chopsticks or to roll up a thin pancake filled with Beijing duck and spring onions. My chinese friends had lots of fun...
I bought quite some souvenirs for the kitchen and dining table. As you can see, some table decoration: a cute frog mother with kids in a lotus leaf made from porcellain (I think it is a brush washer) bought on a flea market for about 2 Euros and for the kitchen I bought tea, rice cookies, rice wine, dried fruits, spices and chopsticks! So the question was, do I have any other chopsticks than chinese? No, but except the plain white ones and chopsticks made of bamboo, I got those too:
|This are really common souvenir shop chopsticks|
Black laquered and with golden heaven dragons on it. They were really cheap but they are good looking and whenever I have guests and I am preparing something asian they have to use those (or fork and spoon). I think chopsticks are great souvenirs: they don't break, they don't use up much space and their wheigt is low. So I am looking forward to buy some more in Japan.
|each pair came with a nice sheath|