Travel: China targets tourist misbehavior

(From Xinhua)

Chinese tourist agencies and local authorities are hoping that lectures given to tourists ahead of the May Day holiday can avoid the unruly behavior for which the country’s travelers and sightseers have become notorious.

Tourists visit the Zhanqiao Pier in Qingdao, a coastal city in east China's Shandong Province, April 30, 2016. On the first day of the Labor Day Holiday, many tourists flocked to Qingdao.

Tourists visit the Zhanqiao Pier in Qingdao, a coastal city in east China’s Shandong Province, April 30, 2016. On the first day of the Labor Day holiday, many tourists flocked to Qingdao.

In recent years, Chinese tourists’ misdeeds ranging from brawling on flights to defacing landmarks at home and abroad have made headlines, sparking angry discussion over the disparity between their bulging wallets and their behavior.

In Wuhan, capital of Hubei Province, Wanda Xinhangxian International Travel Agency gave clients who paid for a group trip to Thailand during the holiday a lesson in etiquette. “Don’t rush to take your luggage before the airplane stops. Don’t waste food on the buffet table. Don’t be noisy at scenic spots. Don’t point at Buddhist sculptures…,” read promotional material.

The company’s Yao Hui said the lessons were required under a directive from provincial tourism authorities. Read More



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