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Post time 2009-5-5 12:23:32 |Display all floors
Chinese Tourists in the eyes of the world

China's economic rise is a fact. Like a butterfly, China's metamorphosis is most astounding in a short span of forty to fifty years. Nevertheless, like anything else, it comes with a price. A nation can possess and provide first world facilities but its citizens cannot  afford to continue to behave in a third world mentality. No one will doubt that the coming Shanghai world Expo2010 be staged in the most modern facilities. Many visitors from all over the world are expected. Inevitably visitors will have opportunities to interact and intermingle directly or indirectly with the local populace. The impressions the visitors will form are determined not so much as by the facilities available but rather by the civility of the local populace.  Undoubtedly I find the guidelines below will serve well for the Chinese both when abroad or at home.

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(Published on Shanghai Daily)

New guidelines have been published by China for Chinese tourists venturing abroad. All this to improve the nation’s image.

1. Do not spit in public
2. Do not litter in public pages
3. Line up, don’t jump the queues at public venues
4. Do not make pictures when a sign says “no pictures”
5. Do not talk in loud voices
6. Do not polish your shoes with bed linen or the hotel towel
7. Do not smoke in Non-smoking areas
8. Wear proper clothes
9. Do not strip down to to the waist (for men) when it’s hot
10. Do not wear pajamas in supermarkets or on the street
11. Do not remove shoes and socks in airport terminals
12. Men, observe the “ladies first” rule
13. Flush after using the toilet
14. Do not block other pedestrians by walking side by side on sidewalks
15. Do not force foreigners to pose for pictures

Quite an incriminating guideline, almost as if stating it is *okay* or *normal* to do all the above inside the country. *chuckle*

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Post time 2009-5-5 18:17:41 |Display all floors
I would add these
do not squat on top of the sit down toilet.
dont smoke in the bathroom
these go for chinese and americans
dont lose face arguing (loudly) with staff
dont assume that because your country is bigger and more powerful that you should be treated any differently than other tourists.
and for just plain everyone
break down into smaller groups and try to imagine way to travel where the local people cannot figure out where you are from.

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Post time 2009-5-6 02:57:58 |Display all floors
There was already a HUGE improvement in the past few years.
I haven't seen people spitting in the streets since a very long time and I observe a high level of courteousness now.
You guys are very unfair to run this post... which is more cynical than informative.

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Post time 2009-5-6 09:42:56 |Display all floors
My friend in Greece has a hotel, and last year, he actually had to call the police to get rid of a group of Chinese tourists spitting, stealing and behaving like farmers. Earlier that day many of his "normal" customers left the place because of the noise and the rudeness.
After the Chinese customers were asked to leave, at inspection they found that a toilet was broken and the lid was missing, there were foot-prints on the wall, some of the carpet had cigaret-burns, and there was missing towels and even a phone was taken.

They had to close down for a week during the high-tourist season to fix all the damages.


Edit: Also a couple of Chinese guys were askind directions where to find ....prostitutes.
I am told that there is a warning distributed among the Greek hotels, and people are very reluctant to accept Chinese tourists at low prices.

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Post time 2009-5-6 23:49:19 |Display all floors

Reply #3 fredius's post

My remarks are not meant to be insults.  Do not take offense from my remarks. They are meant to be constructive criticism. Far from it, I describe what I  have witnessed. However, to be more specific I am only referring to a section of Shanghai which I am more familiar with. It is only with a first world civility from the populace that can make a world event such as the Shanghai World Expo2010 a success. Don't you agree?

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Post time 2009-5-7 00:41:15 |Display all floors

Reply #6 seneca's post

In my days of travel (no less than 20 years in total) I have encountered a fair share of poorly behaved tourists of all nationalities. As it has been correctly described:  "They come in all shapes and sizes". The rule of the thumb is, if, one (as a tourist) expects to be respected, then one has to know the custom, culture, lifestyle and the habits of the people of the place one is visiting. In most homes in South East Asia one has to remove one's shoes before stepping into the host's house.

I remember there was a show by the title: "The savage innocent". The story line goes like this:  An Eskimo was on the run with the police going after him after he accidentally killed a missionary inside his igloo. When he was apprehended he was asked by the police why he killed the missionary. His answer was that the missionary  had insulted him for refusing to get into bed with his wife. Strange as it may sound, but it was the custom of the Eskimo to offer visitor warm by ask the wife to provide bodily heat  to the visitor.  In New Zealand, the Maori will welcome  their guests by rubbing nose to nose with their guest, which is seen as not proper in the Middle East Arabs - especially with the females. So it can go on and on. That is why it is said a seasoned traveler is a perpetual student on the move.

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Post time 2009-5-8 07:48:14 |Display all floors

Reply #8 sansukong's post

The Maori usually only welcome guests in such a manner on a Marae (Maori meeting place) and to go there one must first be invited so such offenses shouldn't be taken. BTW; this form of greeting is called a "hongi".

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