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Do we want a good impression or a bad impression?
Thank you, Chairman, for your comments|
I think you made some valid points. I agree with you that every country has its problems, and everybody will always find something to complain about.
However, the topic of this posting is "how to leave a good impression on the minds of visiting foriegners." I think we all want the visitors to China to go home with a good impression. It makes for good public relations, and will enhance future tourism in China.
By pointing out a few things, my objective is not to criticize China, but to point out some areas that might leave a negative impression on the minds of the visitors from around the world. I shared one of my own "negative" experiences in Xi'an as an illustration of this. I mentioned that it left a "bad taste" in my mouth. (And in fact, many of my Chinese friends have moaned and groaned about the same thing). Now, in my case, I went on to live in China for four more years (and will most likely continue to live here for quite some time), so the one bad experience was equalized by many, many very GOOD experiences in China. So the bad taste left. In fact, I had forgotten about it until Tony mentioned something that reminded me.
But what about the foreign tourist who is only here for a week or so? If he has the same sort of bad experience, he may go back to his home country complaining about the problems he encountered, and that may be all that his family and friends hear about China. Now, of course, none of us wants that!