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Dec 30, 2013

China Issues New Guidelines for Behavior of Chinese Tourists

By 2015, there will be 100 million Chinese tourists traveling throughout the world, according to a UN estimate.  That means that Chinese have surpassed Americans and Germans as the world's biggest tourism spenders.  Partly in response to this, and the somewhat embarrassing issue a few months ago where a Chinese tourist in Egypt had scribbled his name onto a priceless historical relic, the Chinese government has put out some new guidelines that will apply to Chinese tourists.

Here are some of the more interesting ones from a CNN article:
  • Photography: "When taking photos in tourist spots, do not fight and be patient. Do not force the others to take a picture with you, nor obstruct the others when they are photographing. If you would like the others' to take a picture for you, say thank you."
  • Toilet use: "Do not occupy the public toilet for a very long time. Do not leave footprints on the toilet seats and flush after use."
  • Queue jumping: "Respect order in public. Jumping the line is not acceptable anywhere."
  • On tipping: "Service industries in a lot of countries honor tipping. If you think the service is good, please tip accordingly." At the buffet table: "When you're at a buffet dinner, only take what you can consume. Do not waste food."
  • Taking in a show: "Respect the performers. Clap after the show to show your gratitude to the performers. During curtain call, join the crowd for a standing ovation. If a performer slips up on stage, be understanding but do not cheer, whistle and jeer."
Some of these laws also apply specifically to Chinese domestic behavior during Golden Week, a special holiday in China where most citizens take vacations within China.  In June of 2013, photos surfaced of Chinese tourists taking mocking photos and posing with a dying dolphin in Hainan province.  The proliferation of these photos, and a general perception that Chinese tourists are often difficult to deal with, is probably the main reasoning behind these new domestic rules.

You can read the original article by CNN here:China's First Tourism Law Comes into Effect, Tourists Issued Manners Guides

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