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From TaihaiNet March 11 news, according to a China Economic Net report, Hong Kong media claim that according to information from multiple Chinese travel agencies, tourists who like eating instant noodles should think twice before booking a holiday to resorts in the Maldives. Some high-end vacation resorts have already stopped providing Chinese tourists with hot water, in order to prevent them from eating only instant noodles and not spending money in restaurants.

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From TaihaiNet March 11 news, according to a China Economic Net report, Hong Kong media claim that a ...

Instant Noodles was an invention of the Japanese, where it took over more traditional noodle cooking.  A bad idea, to begin with, as the noodle though dried, remains saturated with fat, used in the process of making it.  Adding water to the Instant Japanese Noodle only fools the eater that all he would be consuming were carbohydrates and hot, purified water.

Chinese tourists and in general, all 1.3 billion Chinese living in China, should shun Japanese Instant Noodles, and if they go to the Maldives, they should bring their own bottled water as well.

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Guangzhou newly-wed Sara had been hoping for a private holiday when she landed at a Maldives luxury resort with her husband in March. But when six other Chinese “couples”- among them a elderly woman and her adult son - showed up at a sunset dinner, Sara was outraged.

The dinner was advertised by the hotel as exclusively for newly-weds.

“How could they have been so shameless just for a free meal?” the woman who was identified only as Sara later vented on her microblog.

Sara told of one couple who were apparently vacationing with their child. They were later confronted by hotel staff.

“How can you possibly be on a honeymoon when your child is already so big?” they were asked, according to Sara's weibo post. The couple were asked to show their marriage certificate.

The husband produced a copy of their certificate, while shouting in Chinese: “Of course it’s our honeymoon. Can’t you read? You tr.ash.”

The fake honeymoon story shocked thousands of China’s social media users, who criticised the “uncivilised behaviour” of the holidaymakers and even called for a "human flesh search" to locate the culprits.

The six “couples”, who Sara said appeared to be related, had booked their vacations through a travel agent, like a majority of Chinese tourists vacationing abroad.

To win customers, more Chinese travel agents are encouraging or even assisting their clients to fake marriage documents to qualify for honeymoon perks offered by Maldives resorts, said Jenny Wang, a Beijing-based Maldives vacation agent.

Offers include free meals, a complimentary visit to a spa, a basket of fruit or a bottle of champagne, depending on the resort. Most resorts require tourists to apply within six months of their marriage date. But marriage certificates can be easily manipulated on computers, and agents don’t have to break a sweat faking documents for clients.

Wang admitted that she had lost dozens of clients to her competitors simply because she wasn’t willing to “help”.

“Some people are ready to take any advantage they can,” she said.

She said resorts have had Chinese sisters posing as newly-weds because same-sx couples are also entitled to the honeymoon offers. But such couples are usually fake since it's no secret that gay marriage is not legal in China, Wang said.

Until recently, most resorts have appeared tolerant about fraudulent honeymooners, which account for about 50 per cent of all tourists on honeymoon packages, according to Wang's estimate.

But apparently some resorts have finally had enough.

In a letter issued to travel agents last week by luxury Maldives resort Niyama, obtained by the South China Morning Post, honeymoon bookings must now show proof.

“It has been brought to our attention recently that honeymoon bookings are being made and benefits requested for clients that evidently are not on their honeymoon i.e./ mother and daughters, sister etc,” reads the letter.

Agents must submit a copy of tourists' marriage certificates for future bookings. Wang said she had received similar requests from at least one other resort.

Helen Bolton, director of sales at Niyama, told the Post that they have had instances where "sisters and mother and daughters were booked by the agents on the honeymoon package".

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Post time 2013-6-3 04:22:06 |Display all floors
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AS THE EPIC MEETING BETWEEN OBAMA AND XI DRAWS NEARER, IT IS TIME TO REFLECT ON WHERE US-CHINA RELATIONSHIPS ARE HEADING, AND WHETHER EACH SIDE HAS GIVEN ENOUGH ATTENTION AND CARE TO THE NEEDS OF THE OTHER SIDE.  

IN SHORT, WHEN THE TWO HAVE REACHED THAT CRITICAL POINT WHERE ONE DOES NOT WISH TO DO UNTO THE OTHER, WHAT ONE DOES NOT WISH THE OTHER SIDE TO DO UNTO HIMSELF, "CONTACT" WOULD HAVE BEEN ACCOMPLISHED, AND A MEETING OF THE MINDS HAS BEEN ACHIEVED.

It is time for US China Policy to be divorced from the chains of reflexive Anti-Sinitic rituals, the wink and nod that comes with every Chinese request, the clearing of the throat before reminding China of America's fundamental security interests, and married to a more reflective, associative, and complementary assessment of what they can achieve together, that they cannot achieve individually, and more so that they will never achieve individually if the status quo of knee-jerk skepticism limits their freedom of thought and action.

We wish Obama and Xi the best of both worlds.

May the best man be your best friend as well.


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Post time 2013-6-3 07:00:48 |Display all floors
Gee wiz, Chinese people cheating and lying for free meals.
I'm outraged
I'm just here for the money

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Post time 2013-6-3 07:22:06 |Display all floors
AS THE EPIC MEETING BETWEEN OBAMA AND XI DRAWS NEARER, IT IS TIME TO REFLECT ON WHERE US-CHINA RELATIONSHIPS ARE HEADING, AND WHETHER EACH SIDE HAS GIVEN ENOUGH ATTENTION AND CARE TO THE NEEDS OF THE OTHER SIDE.  

IN SHORT, WHEN THE TWO HAVE REACHED THAT CRITICAL POINT WHERE ONE DOES NOT WISH TO DO UNTO THE OTHER, WHAT ONE DOES NOT WISH THE OTHER SIDE TO DO UNTO HIMSELF, "CONTACT" WOULD HAVE BEEN ACCOMPLISHED, AND A MEETING OF THE MINDS HAS BEEN ACHIEVED.

It is time for US China Policy to be divorced from the chains of reflexive Anti-Sinitic rituals, the wink and nod that comes with every Chinese request, the clearing of the throat before reminding China of America's fundamental security interests, and married to a more reflective, associative, and complementary assessment of what they can achieve together, that they cannot achieve individually, and more so that they will never achieve individually if the status quo of knee-jerk skepticism limits their freedom of thought and action.

We wish Obama and Xi the best of both worlds.

May the best man be your best friend as well.

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