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Post time 2013-10-2 18:38:41 |Display all floors
Chinese tourists should not pick their noses in public, urinate in pools or steal aeroplane life jackets, the country’s image-conscious authorities have warned in their latest effort to counter unruly behaviour.
Several countries, including debt-laden European nations, have eased visa restrictions to attract increasingly affluent Chinese tourists, but reports have also emerged of complaints about etiquette

China’s National Tourism Administration publicised its 64-page “Guidebook for Civilised Tourism” - with illustrations to accompany its list of dos and don'ts - on its website ahead of a "Golden Week" public holiday that began on October 1.


As Chinese tourists head abroad in increasing number, they have developed a stereotype of "uncivilised behaviour", which Vice Premier Wang Yang said in May had "damaged the image of the Chinese people".


Several countries, including debt-laden European nations, have eased visa restrictions to attract increasingly affluent Chinese tourists, but reports have also emerged of complaints about etiquette.


In August, Chinese tourists in North Korea were accused of insensitive behaviour, such as throwing sweets at children "like they’re feeding ducks". And in May a 15-year-old from Nanjing sparked outrage after he carved his name into an ancient relief at a temple in Luxor, Egypt.


The government has previously issued pithy guidelines telling tourists how to behave, but the latest booklet elaborated in great detail.


It warned travellers not to pick their noses in public, to keep their nose-hair neatly trimmed and, if they had to pick their teeth, never to use their fingers.


It also urged them not to occupy public toilets for long periods of time or leave footprints on the toilet seat. Nor should they urinate in swimming pools.


Travellers should not drink soup straight from the bowl or make slurping sounds when eating noodles, it warned.
And after taking a flight they must leave the life jackets underneath their seats, the rulebook said, explaining that "if a dangerous situation arises then someone else will not have a life jacket".


A tour guide surnamed Zhang, who was in Hong Kong on Tuesday, said his company had given him a copy of the rules at the start of the seven-day October holiday.


Before this he said they had distributed a much briefer set of guidelines - which fit on a single sheet of paper.


"I feel things need to be improved," he said, standing in the city square packed with mainland tourists. "If we bring chaos to other places, it's our image - the Chinese image - that suffers."


The handbook also dispensed country-specific advice: Chinese visitors to Germany should only snap their fingers to beckon dogs, not humans.


Women in Spain should always wear earrings in public - or else be considered effectively naked.

And diners in Japan were instructed not to play with their clothes or hair during a meal.


A 33-year-old tourist, also surnamed Zhang, visiting Hong Kong from central Anhui province complained that the guidelines were too many and too specific.


"You cannot possibly look through all of the rules before you go travelling. Also the rules are different in different places," he said. "I think it's not very feasible."


Edited by Oliver Smith for Telegraph.co.uk








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Post time 2013-10-3 11:02:30 |Display all floors
"It also urged them not to occupy public toilets for long periods of time or leave footprints on the toilet seat."

I would also encourage Chinese tourists - and anyone else for that matter - not to talk on their mobile phones whilst they are in the toilet, especially if they are smoking at the same time.

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Post time 2013-10-3 11:32:05 |Display all floors
"Do not leave footprints on the toilet seat" that was rich I'm still laughing!!

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Post time 2013-10-3 11:51:40 |Display all floors
Well done for a while
I hope travelers take their time to read, to understand and to apply with actions this guidebook.
Denial, according the psychoanalysts, is one of the most primary mechanisms of defense. It consists in the attitude of denying or minimizing obvious facts of reality with which the individual can´t  cope or whose irresponsibility is unable to meet.

And I agree.

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Post time 2013-10-3 11:58:21 |Display all floors
China’s National Tourism Administration publicised its 64-page “Guidebook for Civilised Tourism” - with illustrations to accompany its list of dos and don'ts - on its website ahead of a "Golden Week" public holiday that began on October 1.

As Chinese tourists head abroad in increasing number, they have developed a stereotype of "uncivilised behaviour", which Vice Premier Wang Yang said in May had "damaged the image of the Chinese people".


I wondering what Robert thinks about the Vice Premier Wang

Is Mr Wang a western propagandist?

Denial, according the psychoanalysts, is one of the most primary mechanisms of defense. It consists in the attitude of denying or minimizing obvious facts of reality with which the individual can´t  cope or whose irresponsibility is unable to meet.

And I agree.

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Post time 2013-10-3 13:50:29 |Display all floors
Before allowing Chinese tourists abroad, make it mandatory for them to attend etiquette classes before the image and behavior of "Chinese tourists" is ingrained in everyone's mind as crude and ugly.

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Post time 2013-10-3 19:04:59 |Display all floors
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"Do not leave footprints on the toilet seat" that was rich I'm still laughing!!

It makes me smile, but an understanding smile. I can understand, it is technical! The first time i left India it was hard for a while not to leave footprints!
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