China’s Communist Party has issued an official 64-page guidebook for travellers during Golden Week in response to some Chinese tourists exhibiting ‘uncivilized behavior’ while abroad. Please read them.
Reports Irish Times:
The party used to issue a one-page sheet of advice, but now China’s National Tourism Administration has issued an expanded publication called Guidebook to Civilised Tourism before the “Golden Week” public holiday that began on Tuesday. It contains advice including directions not to spit or make loud noises, to use shower curtains in hotel rooms, not to urinate in public pools and stop asking locals to take photographs of their group.
Tourists are also being asked not to smoke or pick their noses in public areas, not to leave footprints on toilet seats, and to keep their nose hairs neatly trimmed.
The rulebook also featured a section listing behavioral guidance for specific countries, according to SCMP.
•Give a handkerchief in Italy as a gift because it is deemed inauspicious
•Discuss the royal family in Thailand
•Touch people’s belongings in Nepal with the foot
•Ask for pork in Islamic countries
•Call Africans “Negros” or “black”
•Use the left hand to touch other people in India
•In general, touch antiques or draw graffiti on heritage structures
•Expose the chest or back, or look dirty in public areas
•Eat a whole piece of bread in one mouthful or slurp noodles noisily inside an aircraft
•Use shower curtains in a hotel
•Keep quiet when waiting to board a plane
•Keep mobile phones turned off until the aircraft has come to a complete stop
•Be punctual if taking part in a tour group
•Arrive at a banquet hall 15 minutes early and adhere to a formal dress code
Tourists from China have developed something of a bad reputation for acting offensively while traveling, like when a Nanjing boy graffitied a 3,500 year old temple in Egypt or the time a group of travellers in North Korea were condemned for throwing sweets at local children “like they’re feeding ducks”.
But c’mon, are so many Chinese tourists actually stealing the life vests under airplane seats that it has to be clarified in an official rulebook not to do so? Apparently yes.