China issues behaviour guidelines for tourists

2013-05-29 10:43
Beijing – Spitting, littering, cutting in lines and most importantly, defacing historic treasures are some of the behaviours the Chinese government aims to eradicate with a series of conventions meant to be followed by the Chinese citizens when travelling abroad.

CNN reports that the guidelines were made available on the Chinese central government's website and according to government owned news agency, Xinhua, the regulations forbid climbing on or touching ancient statues and painting them.

The call for being a ‘civilized’ tourist follows a string of complaints among the Chinese tourists and most particularly the recent outrage and anger around the carving or defacing of a 3500 years old stone by a 15 year old Chinese tourist at Egypt’s Luxor Temple.

"Being a civilized tourist is the obligation of each citizen," is one of the guidelines in the government post, which also outlines a long list of guidelines issued by the National Tourism Administration.

“The biggest backlash came from within China with netizens exposing and criticizing the teenager.

The netizen reaction shows the incident in Egypt should not be used to generalize the behavior of Chinese travelers,” says Mei Zhang from WidChina, a local travel agency.

The government’s regulations also call on travelers to adhere to public laws and orders, conserve ecology, public infrastructure and utilities, maintain a clean environment, respect the rights of others and show them courtesy, Xinhua reported.

Although outbound Chinese tourism has grown rapidly in recent years, the Chinese overtook the Americans and Germans in 2012 as the world’s top spenders with 83 million people spending billions of rands on international l tourism.

“There have been similar issues in the past as Chinese citizens begin to travel internationally. It's a natural process that Chinese travelers are going through as travelers around the world have also gone through. It's a gradual process as Chinese travelers are being exposed to more of the international world. It's a natural adjustment stage," said Zhang.

Earlier this month, Beijing called on locals to improve their attitude as the Vice Premier Wang Yang also stated the importance of a good image among Chinese tourists.

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