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Outrage at photo of Danish tourists urinating on Shanghai highway

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 26 March, 2013, 1:10pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 27 March, 2013, 12:14am

Chinese internet users expressed their anger after six Danish tourists were witnessed urinating in the middle of a busy overpass in Shanghai.

Their behaviour on Saturday was first revealed online when an eye witness photographed them and published it on Sina Weibo, China’s twitter-like microblogging platform. The photo showed six foreign men lining up in the middle of an overpass road, next to a coach, urinating.

The woman who took the photo, surname Huang, told the news outlet, kankanews.com, the men were grinning as they relieved themselves.

Police officers later reviewed surveillance video and traced it back to the bus according to its licence plate number. The bus driver told police the passengers were Danish tourists who had just completed a tour of Shanghai’s Formular One Circuit.

While he was driving along the overpass, the driver said they forced him to stop. “They even tried to grab the steering wheel… and could have caused a traffic accident,” he said.

The driver said the Danish tourists had been drinking a lot of beer.

Traffic police said they would continue investigating and might take action against the men.

The news sparked considerable discussion online. Many people expressed outrage and said the men should be punished.

A taxi driver asked whether the bus had violated any traffic rules. “I think the vehicles were not supposed to park [in the middle of highway overpass] in normal circumstances,” he said.

One Shanghai resident said the men’s actions could have been “dangerous”.

On weibo, a blogger appealed to police to take a tougher line with badly-behaved visitors.

Another said the visas of the six should be cancelled.

However, another blogger said the incident might have been due to a lack of public toilets.

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chaz_hen
Yes always strike badly behaved visitors but leave locals to do as they please...
lokuohsiung
When in Rome...
McWombat
As a Dane, I'm truly sorry to see stories about countrymen behaving badly abroad; we all have a shared responsibility to behave as good ambassadors for our respective countries and, well, obviously these guys did not fully live up to that obligation..
On the other hand (and this is no excuse for my countrymen's bad behavior!), some Chinese could also profit from learning a bit about manners when traveling. Most Chinese visitors in Denmark are courteous and friendly people, but quite a few are not. I've witnessed a fair amount of shouting, huffing and puffing, exaggerated coughing, spitting and belching in public from Chinese students and tourists; that doesn't really go down very well, either :).
superdx
At least they didn't take a dump
Which is more than I can say for mainland tourists in TST these days
cc805
That's nothing compared to the mainlanders (children included) who "do their business" on the MTR, in shopping centres, on the nature strip etc.
lib_prc

The Chinese should watch our own behavior...
taifookres2
What is the relevance of you harping on about animal rights on an article about public urination?
aplucky1
was in mcdonalds last night around 10 pm
very long line
three mainlanders dressed in their pajamas decided lines are not for them, walked up and started ordering
before i was able to jump in front of them, the mcdonalds staff told them to get in line like everyone else-they lost face and just left
are they all blind or just socially r e t a r d e d ?
edwardwyee
Parking in the middle of a Highway is an offence as this creates a dangerous situation but peeing in public is common in China. There are numerous cases that Chinese peeing or taking a dump in the streets, at a mall or in a trash can. These foul acts are being done in Hong Kong everywhere by Mainlanders. So, what is the Big deal here? No wonder the People in Hong Kong seldom refer themselves as Chinese.
ejmciii
More than likely, yes. Do Mainland tourists do this when outside China? Yes. Pot calling the kettle "black." Absolutely.

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