To ensure that Chinese tourists are on their best behavior while visiting Singapore, China embassy staff have started handing out helpful pamphlets on arrival about what is acceptable behavior in the Lion City, and what is not.
The pamphlets — which are nearly 30 pages long — remind Chinese travelers who have just arrived at the city’s Changi Airport not to steal life jackets from the plane, not to eat durian on a bus or train, and not to hoot and holler at performers in the theater, according to the South China Morning Post.
In addition, the pamphlets tell tourists from the mainland that they should tip their porters (in cash) and that they should not cut in line. Perhaps most importantly, the guidelines advise tourists that Singapore takes jaywalking a bit more seriously than they do back home.
As Singapore’s PM tries to smooth things over with the Beijing government, the city-state is also trying to attract even more tourists from the mainland. Last year, Chinese tourists outspent all others in Singapore, contributing $3.5 billion to the city-state’s economy, according to The Straits Times. Already, in the first half of this year, more than 1.5 million travelers from mainland China have arrived in Singapore.
Of course, as other countries have discovered, Chinese tourists bring in more than just money. Fang Xinwen, the Chinese embassy’s charge d’affaires, said that “from time to time” behavior and personal safety problems had emerged in Singapore due to the influx of Chinese tourists. Fan said that the pamphlets were targeted at improving the image of Chinese tourists abroad and promoting “civilized” tourism.
The pamphlets were launched just ahead of China’s Golden Week next month when at least six million Chinese tourists are expected to head abroad, spreading chaos across the world.
Prior to Golden Week in 2013, China released an official 64-page guidebook aimed at stopping some of this “uncivilized behavior,” warning tourists against smoking or picking their noses in public, leaving footprints on toilet seats and scrawling upon heritage structures. It also advised tourists to keep their nose hairs neatly trimmed.
Last year, the tourism board of the northern Japanese prefecture of Hokkaido released a similar (if more condescending) pamphlet, warning Chinese tourists not to burp or fart in public while on the island.
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