State of influx
Tourists from China spend their income around the world, but can also raise eyebrows over their lack of social etiquette. Two Chinese women in Thailand share their views on whether their compatriots are a global nuisance or simply misunderstood.
Like unstoppable waves, they keep coming in millions. This may be one of the largest outbound human movements, albeit temporarily, in recent history as Chinese are touring the world en masse. The phenomenon is sure to continue in the years to come.
Chinese tourists near Wat Phra Kaeo. - Photos by Patipat Janthong
But as tourism industries from Paris to Chiang Mai enjoy the surge in numbers and spending, eyebrows are also raised, and sometimes verbal complaints are heard, regarding their colourful, uncommon, and sometimes not-so-pleasant public manners. The popular Thai website pantip.com has a few designated chat boards where people complain about the bad behaviour of Chinese tourists. News of a Chinese teenager who vandalised a 3,500-year-old Egyptian mural made headlines everywhere, and recently, a Chinese woman in Bangkok published an e-book disparaging what she sees as unacceptable behaviour of her fellow countrymen while travelling overseas (see below).
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