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Chinese in Vancouver (CIV) website has an article on the Chinese government's call for 'civilised behaviour' of Chinese tourists.|
On the front page, a picture showing a woman carrying her child (wearing the ever common "kai dang ku") to urinate on the street.
The Chinese gov has ordained that PRC citizens visiting abroad must “behave in civilized manners”. The so-called “civilized tourism” campaign plans to penalized irresponsible manners of Chinese citizens travelling abroad. Those who are proven that their behaviour during previous visits “have hurt the image of Chinese tourists” will be denied passports and/or rights to travel restrained.
China was crowned “the nation of manners” in history. According to Hong Kong newspaper Wen Wei Po, what the Chinese gov is ordering now is that all citizens must do their part to help keep this name.
“The behaviour of some Chinese travellers is not compatible with the nation’s economic strength and its growing international status,” the stat-run China Daily quoted a government circular as saying.
The 6 areas that Chinese tourists must be aware of:
1. untidy, misbehaving: in summer, not wearing shirts while walking in public; rolling up pants; squatting in hotel lobbies; taking food home from buffets; yelling; making noises in hotels; bargaining prices in shops in loud voice.
2. unhygienic: spit in public; pee in public; littering; spit out chewing gums; violate foreign health rules.
3. impolite: not listening to tour guides; taking photos where no pictures are allowed; not respecting local habits; smoking in non-smoking areas; not sharing seats with the diabled on public transit.
4. not following public rules: crossing the yellow line in restricted areas in the airport; fighting for empty luggage spaces when on board airplanes; arguing with flight attendents thus delaying flight; taking away toothpastes, after-shave, tissues from airplane toilets; taking away towels, ash trays etc from hotels.
5. vandalizing/graffiting objects in tourist spots: standing on top of benches or picnic tables in public parks to take pictures; travellers whose trips are paid for by the state demand to visit casinos and red light districts instead of tourist spots.
6. not caring for the environment and pubic facilities: park irresponsibly – even parking on grass; plucking flowers or maple leaves from parks.
Some discussions on online forums also mention not flushing after using toilets, picking noses in public, wearing skirts too short, blowing noses loudly etc.
The gov is also launching a campaign to promote “civilized tourism ambassadors, civilized tour guides, civilized travel agencies, civilized tourists, civilized units and civilized travel reception units.
Last year, 31 million Chinese visitors travelled aboard. The total spending of Chinese tourists reaches a monthly average of US$235 million, ranking first in the world.
I can’t agree more with all these. I know people who still don’t wash their hands after visiting the toilet — even they have immigrated to Canada for many years and have gone thru the terrible experience of the SARS outbreak!
Bad behaviour tourists will not be allowed travel abroad. They now 'terrorise' foreign visitors in their country