A Taiwanese man was attacked by a number of mainland tourists and their guide after he requested that they not spit, yell, or litter at Mount Ali, according to Apple Daily.
BadCanto translated the Taiwanese man’s account of the incident:
On Sep 9th 2013, I brought my Chinese female friend to tour around Ali Mountain. At the downhill section of Ali Mountain forest trail, Chinese tourists ahead of us was yelling loudly at each other, littering cigarette butts, and spitting all along. I told them what they were doing was bad and asked them to stop.
In the end, Wang, the tour guide of the group, said, “Why couldn’t we do that? We do the same in China!” I answered, “This is Taiwan!” Wang pushed me from behind and yelled, “Taiwan also belongs to China!”. I turned around and said, “Please respect Taiwan!”
Wang immediately kicked me in the chest. I almost fell over. Having regained my balance, I wanted to go forward and argue with him. Meanwhile, Wang kicked me in the cheat again. My Chinese friend pulled me away and wanted to separate us. I fell on the floor after the attack.
Having heard our argument, Chinese tourists of the group, which was a dozen meters ahead of us, rushed towards me and stamped on my hands and feet. They even picked up stones and hit my head, chest and back. Wang also attacked me with stones. At least 3 Chinese tourist had attacked me. (Ali Mountain police later stopped the tour bus in the parking lot.) I curled up on the floor, protecting my head with my hands.
There has been much handwringing in the Chinese press over the behaviour of Chinese tourists both at home and abroad, including criticisms from vice premier Wang Yang over some tourists’ “poor breeding”.