MANILA, Philippines – A viral photo has emerged in facebook detailing a Chinese tourists letting her daughter poop at a public place in SM Mall of Asia.
The photo was posted by BJ Carreon, in his facebook post, “Yung kadugyutan ng ibang mga Chinese tourists (they were in a tour group I think and nagsisigawan sila ng mga kasama nya in their language) dito sa MOA Seaside…Haaay. May mga guards, pero dedma sila. Nakakainis, kung hindi ko lang akay -akay ang lola ko, ako na mismo lalapit para pagsabihan sila.
At sa ibang mga Pinoy na dugyot din, ano pakiramdam pag ibang lahi na ang nagkakalat sa sarili nating bakuran?”
MISBEHAVING CHINESE TOURIST AROUND THE WORLD
THEY contribute the largest share of tourists to the Asia Pacific and also more money to the global tourism industry than any other nation. But the cultural gap is evident.
From wrecking corals to throwing rubbish into the sea, to vandalizing heritage and defecating in public, travelers from China have a lot to learn about etiquette.
Chinese tourists have made headlines internationally for incidents of misbehavior, prompting even authorities in China to keep records of citizens doing anything illegal or inappropriate while in other countries.
Switzerland, for example, considers them loud and rude, going as far as introducing separate trains for Chinese tourists.
The notice, published in a local newspaper, also includes an illustration instructing tourists to sit on toilet seats rather than to squat on them.
But worse things have happened, of course.
In 2013, a 15-year-old defaced an Egyptian artifact at a 3,5000-year-old temple in Egypt, writing, “Ding Jinhao was here”.
A year later, a Thai AirAsia flight bound for Nanjing, China was forced to return to Bangkok after an unruly Chinese passenger threw scalding hot water on a flight attendant.
This is despite China’s National Tourism agency releasing a 64-page illustrated guide for how citizens should behave when they travel abroad.
In 2016, Chinese tourists, armed with selfie sticks, appeared on Japanese TV clambering over Japan’s national symbol, the sakura (cherry blossom) tree, in an attempt to “get the best shot”.