Chinese tourists claim that they have had unpleasant experiences while traveling to South Korea, facing discrimination and an overwhelming feeling that locals looked down on them during their visit, China News Service reports.
According to a survey released by South Korean newspaper AJU Business Daily, around 25 percent of Chinese tourists said they had a worse impression of South Korea after taking a trip there, and 37 percent of respondents felt that people there looked down on them during their stay.
Want China Times reports:
Those who claimed they had experienced an attitude of discrimination in the manner of speech of some Koreans, as well as facial expressions and body language.
Only 10% of those polled felt they had been discriminated against when traveling to other countries.
A female tourist said that when chatting with her friend on the subway in Seoul, she was asked by a local passenger to move to another train. “I could see dislike in their eyes,” she said, adding that she only felt welcome when she handed over money for clothes she had bought in Seoul’s Dongdaemun Market.
In 2013 alone, Chinese travelers made over 3.92 million visits to South Korea, proving to be a substantial fillip to South Korea’s economy. But while South Koreans have shown a preference to China over Japan and everyone seemingly wants to get their hands on tourists’ renminbi, Chinese nationalists don’t really hold the best record for playing good house guest while traveling abroad.
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