China prime minister worries tourists are ruining country’s reputation abroad

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    || China prime minister worries tourists are ruining country’s reputation abroad ||

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    Just as in any other country, Chinese tourists need to be informed of the cultural norms and values of their host country and respect them. It's one of the responsibilities of any global traveler.
     
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    I also wonder if it's a case of "letting go" when visiting a less repressing country. (Or perhaps more accurately, a country with different areas of repression.)

    I have been in China and -- to me, anyhow -- it was the Americans there who were being loud and obnoxious.
     
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    People see what they want to see. There are a lot of this type of Chinese tourists in at least Singapore and Hong Kong. Not being ethnic Chinese I'm not too concerned as this will go away once people start having old money in China. Remember this is often first generation with money. It seems ethnic Chinese from outside of China are more concerned but perhaps some of them could tell me whether that's really true.

    To be honest I'm more irritated by another group and it's not Americans. But like I said: people see what they want to see.
     
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    The problem is that this may take a generation or more to go away. I am one of those ethnic Chinese that is not from china and completely embarrassed by them (also happen to be American, double whammy?) and can't stand them. We I say them, it isn't about being Chinese only as i am. It is about those that think they own the world, throw money around and think you can throw out any and all civility. I would put this at par if not worse than Jersey Shore, Paris Hilton or the Khardashians.

    This is probably not noticeable to a non-Chinese but you can sense and see the frustrations and angst between local Chinese and those from China in places like Singapore and Hong Kong. Two places I am quite familiar with when dealing with Mainland Chinese.

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    Very true. Question is if they will want to learn is another story.

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    It is not about Chinese, or American per se; it is about a subset of tourists from nearly each country; who tour in groups/packs/tribe and given the economics of the travel associated with that group. Ask local in the Greek Islands, or folks in DR, or Aruba, Cancun, Antigua, Goa, Malaga, thailand, vietnam, or Jamaica, ...list goes on.

    No ethnicity is immune to it :)
     
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    So, the non-Chinese that live in Singapore and Hong Kong are blissfully ignorant?

    Anyway, if you truly want to bring out the worst in people, let them leave their homeland.
     
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    If he is concerned about his countries reputation abroad, he should look internally- total lack of respect for intellectual property, lack of concern for product quality/liability issues, human rights abuses, environmental disasters (their industrial pollution drifts around the world), etc...
     
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    Pretty sad. :( Not the first, won't be the last, when a teenager defaces a historical monument. As my friend, a social scientist once commented on scribblings on stones @ at one of the DTW's gate -
     
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    oh God, I hope not...:eek: as they should be able to tell the difference after spending time there. My family went to HK Disney and we were waiting for the fireworks show at the castle. My wife had to go to the bathroom and she came back and tried to get back to our section. We were maybe 12 feet away from the outer edge. Common practice is to make a little bit of space to let her back in, (like in many other large outdoor settings, Central Park events, etc... ) but they outright refused. They said too bad...except not as nice. My wife showed her fierce Singaporean side and dished it back to them in Chinese. it was hilarious, upsetting and frustrating all at the same time.
     
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    Cane him? These kids are just incredulous. :mad: There is a phrase in Chinese that literally means "No house teaching/learning" it is an ultimate "disrespect" of a family. However, he could just be an outlier in his own family. Kids will be kids right? :rolleyes:
     
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    Eh, but in that part of the world, the blame goes back to the parents/superiors, right? It's all about the 孝道.

    At the same time, way before this incident happened, Westerners were looting ancient Egyptian sites too. Unfortunately, no one can be exculpated from this type (in other words, bad) of behavior.
     
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    An increasingly bad image of a part of Chinese tourists. When I got to Vietnam and Laos 3 years ago, I met many people of such unexceptable behaviour like this, shouting, paying unrespect to the local norms. For the breakfasts, they always demanded too much.
     
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    no need for the Chinese to leave China to be bad tourists, they are a formidable lot right at home

    visiting a tourist site in China during a holiday is a positively frightening experience :eek:
     
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    You have me all figured out! Not proud and do feel ashamed that I try to draw the distinction between China-chinese and myself.
     
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    I do not think that is true in this particular area as they were not "repressed" from spitting in public, ignoring traffic regulations etc in public back in China and these were some of the identified behaviours that is causing raised eyebrows elsewhere.

    I can however relate if we were saying that they visit "repressed / uncensored" websites or trying "new" western stuff in excess (when touring) aka letting go as they cannot do this back home
     

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