Each time a big travel holiday rolls around, it’s another opportunity for the occasional Chinese tourist’s unruly behavior to make headlines. In the midst of Spring Festival, also known as the world’s largest human migration, People’s Daily would instead like to remind readers that uncouth behavior from tourists is not just a Chinese phenomenon, thank you very much, so it created this neat little infographic showing a few examples of laowai behaving badly.
People’s Daily presents…”Nude shots, peeing everywhere: Look at the uncivilized behavior of these foreigners”
1. Nude photos at Angkor Wat
The first example is of two sisters from Arizona who last month dropped their pants and mooned the camera while posing for photos Angkor Wat, a world heritage site in Cambodia. Considering the temple grounds are sacred, it’s seen as disrespectful to wear bottoms above your knees, so exposing full, bare ass cheek(s) is definitely a big no-no. The ladies were deported, slapped with 250 USD fines (each) and banned from entering Cambodia for the next four years. It’s unclear whether they got to keep the pictures.
2. Foreigners sleeping on the great wall
In 2009, a large group of foreigners were on the receiving end of some good ol’ public scrutiny when they were found camping out on the Great Wall, despite signs (in English) telling them not to. Eating, drinking and the inevitable releasing of bodily fluids on the ancient stones of the wall ensued. It’s still a common activity among tourists and for several years, residents near the site have built campgrounds of sorts for overnight travelers, even renting out sleeping bags for around 500 yuan per person.
3. Danish tourists piss on Shanghai overpass
Web users in China were not pleased about this photo of six Danish tourists who decided to take a leak on the side of a busy Shanghai overpass in the cold light of day. After the photo circulated on Weibo, police tracked down the bus using video surveillance footage. The driver said the tourists had been drinking a lot of beer, which, well, makes sense.
4. Frenchmen’s “shameless” dip at scenic lake
A group of “shameless” tourists at Qingdao Lake caused an ruckus in 2007 (really digging through the archives here) when they decided to take a swim at the scenic area, disregarding the “no swimming” signs and authorities who told them to come to shore.
5-10. General bad things
And the less detailed but equally disgraceful wrongdoings including (5) these foreigners hogging space on a bench; (6) a tourist sitting up in a tree; (7) these guys spilled popcorn everywhere; (8) some man in a fedora (never good) climbing into this stone basin; (9) more urinating and (10) standing on things one ought not to stand on for a photo.
Also note that the infographic, which includes tips on good behavior while traveling, is absent from the People’s Daily English-language site and Twitter feed.