Another month, another group of Chinese tourists behaving badly, trying to make it on to the blacklist. This time it was two Chinese women who actually made it on to Japanese news by having a trolley-related catfight at a Tokyo airport earlier this month.
SCMP reports that the two squabblers earned the disapproving glares of both Chinese and Japanese media after getting physical in a plane-boarding queue at Narita International Airport on February 12 — all over their freakin’ trolleys.
Peng Jing, 42, was apparently driven to violence when her trolley collided with that of a fellow Chinese woman, unnamed, 46. In the ensuing showdown Peng even dead-ass bitch-slapped her opponent and drew blood.
After an unsuccessful attempt to flee the scene Peng was then apprehended by police and confessed to “a short moment of impulsiveness.”
Chinese civil aviation website Carnoc called the incident “shameful,” issuing a behavioural warning to mainland flyers:
There have been many reports recently about the poor quality of Chinese tourists overseas. Although these could be isolated incidents, spoiling a whole bowl of soup because of one piece of rotten meat and [causing others to think that] Chinese people are of low quality is no small issue. When travelling abroad, remember you are not only a tourist, but a Chinese.
And on February 15 the Japanese All-Nippon News featured the story and opened the gates to a flood of salt from Japanese netizens:
“Such incidents can go on the news? There are so many cases of Chinese tourists behaving in an uncivilized manner in Osaka,” one commenter wrote.
Still, Chinese tourists believe that Japan should be thanking instead of ridiculing them. During the Golden Week holiday, Chinese shoppers spent $830 million buying up Japanese luxury goods, medicine and toilet seats.
The Japan Tourism Agency has confirmed that Chinese tourists made up 40% of total consumption by foreigners in 2015. Mainland travelers purportedly enjoyed a spending average of 238,800 yen ($2,393) in Japan — 100,000 yen more than other kinds of tourists.
By Pinky Latt