Instructions to Chinese Tourists Travelling Abroad and Graffiti Vandalism

Egyptian mural graffiti

Update 1

I’m not sure which one caused the other but here’s an update on the story below about instructions to Chinese tourists travelling abroad:

The two photographs below show some graffiti carved by a 15 year old school boy on an ancient mural at Luxor, while on holiday in Egypt with his parents. The original photograph must have been taken by another tourist who was sufficiently outraged at the behviour of the boy and that of his parents who have since visited their local police station in China to apologise. They have also been fined $US100,000 by the Egyptian authorities.

Once the photograph appeared in the Chinese media, it wasn’t long before the boy and his parents were identified, his school’s website hacked and the offending graffiti posted on it.

This latest incident came days after Wang Yang, one of China’s four vice-premiers, said on 17 May that the “uncivilised behaviour” of some Chinese tourists was harming the country’s image. (see below)

I can recall some years back watching a Chinese father encouraging his child to carve something onto a public bench in one of China’s many beauty spots. But you don’t remonstrate with a man with a knife. At least I don’t.

Egyptian mural graffiti newspaper article

Egyptian mural graffiti newspaper article

I have written both here and on Comment is Free about the behaviour of many Chinese people, particularly in relation to “personal space” and have attracted criticism and accusations of racism from the ignorant who have never visited the country, yet alone lived here for any length of time.

Now as the newspaper article above shows,  Chinese Tourists Travelling Abroad have been issued with the following instructions:

Don’t throw litter, spit, or spit chewing gum;
Don’r smoke in non-smoking areas;
Don’t be disorderly in public;
Don’t shout and scream;
Respect queuing;
Don’t walk on the grass or pick flowers or fruit;
No running, fighting or feeding animals;
Respect ancient monuments, don’t touch or climb on them;
Don’t damage hotel furniture and fittings or public facilities;
Beware of confidence tricksters and over-charging;
Save water and electricity and don’t waste food;
Show respect when photographing people;
Don’t sneeze in front of people’s faces.
Keep yourself clean;
Don’t expose your body in public;
Be polite to older people, women and children; don’t swear;
Avoid drugs, gambling and red light areas.

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