Friday, May 31, 2013

Global Impact: Conflicts Encountered As Chinese Tourists Travel the World, Beijing Offers Guidance

According to, and following an incident reported in The Telegraph, whereby a Chinese teenager defaced a 3,500 year-old Egyptian sculpture, the Chinese government has issued guidelines on Chinese tourists who travel abroad. 

The Chinese National Tourism Administration, according to Xinhua, has posted advice on littering, protecting cultural relics and showing courtesy, particularly after a 15-year-old Chinese tourist from Nanjing spray-painted his name on a sculpture at a temple in the Luxor. 

Before reading on, I would suggest that our Chinese readers review my posting of March 13, 2013, entitled, "France: Much of What China Daily's Li Xiang Says About Paris is Valid," which includes a list of do's and don't's for Chinese nationals traveling abroad.

COMMENT: According to the World Trade Organization, the group has predicted  that Chinese nationals will be traveling in the millions in coming years, which is a message for the global tourism industry.

The Chinese government's new guidelines are intended to denounce behavior such as that of the teenager, including spitting, littering, vandalism, jaywalking and cutting in line. 

They also recommend that Chinese tourists only photograph relics when local regulations allow it. 

Additionally, they are promoting seven behavioral norms, including maintaining a clean environment, complying with public orders, protecting ecology, protecting public infrastructures and utilities, respecting other people's rights, showing courtesy when with others and seeking appropriate entertainment.

Earlier this year, authorities urged travelers from the eastern province of Jiangsu to take less cash and to keep valuables out of sight after 23 Chinese tourists were robbed in a Paris restaurant shortly after arrival in France.