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Hailing from one of the country's poorest provinces, Wang Yang lacks the revolutionary pedigree of the so-called "princeling" party leaders. Yet since taking office in 2007, Wang has led a far-reaching crackdown on corruption resulting in several high-profile convictions, including that of former Shenzhen mayor Xu Zongheng. He has also overseen a rise in government transparency, making the provincial capital of Guangzhou the mainland's first city to publish its budget.


Dire manners and 'uncivilised behaviour' of tourists is harming China's image, admits VP Wang Yang

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 18 May, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 18 May, 2013, 11:41am

The dire manners and "uncivilised behaviour" of some of its tourists are harming China's image overseas, a top official said.

Vice-Premier Wang Yang singled out "talking loudly in public places, jay-walking, spitting and wilfully carving characters on items in scenic zones".

Improving the civilised quality of the citizens [is] ... the obligations of governments at all levels
Vice-Premier Wang Yang

Such bad manners were "often criticised by the media and have damaged the image of Chinese people and caused vicious impact", he said, according to the People's Daily website.

At a meeting on a new tourism law on Thursday, Wang said: "The quality and breeding of some tourists are not high yet."

As people get richer, foreign holidays are ever more popular. Destination countries, including debt-laden European states, have been easing visa restrictions to attract more tourists from China, but reports have emerged of complaints about etiquette.

A mainlander who had her son relieve himself in a bottle in a Hong Kong restaurant sparked online anger in February.

"Improving the civilised quality of the citizens and building a good image of Chinese tourists are the obligations of governments at all levels and relevant agencies and companies," Wang, a former party chief of Guangdong, said.

Authorities should "guide tourists to conscientiously abide by public order and social ethics, respect local religious beliefs and customs, mind their speech and behaviour … and protect the environment," he said.

Under the new Chinese law, travel agencies will be allowed to revoke their contracts with tourists who "engage in activities that violate social ethics", although it does not specify examples.

Hong Kong Travel Industry Council executive director Joseph Tung Yao-chung welcomed Wang's remarks. "I hope they [mainland tourists] really listen to state leaders. It is no use if they do not listen," he said. Not only the travel sector, but other areas such as retail and food and beverage would benefit, he said.

Some commenters on SCMP Facebook doubted Wang's remarks would have any effect.

Sara Jane Ho, principal of Beijing's Institute Sarita, China's first high-end finishing school, said: "Most Chinese do not behave this way on purpose … They grew up in a generation of basic survival; you don't have the luxury to think about manners and personal space when trying to fight to the front of the food ration line."

Additional reporting by Simpson Cheung


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There is no excuse for Bad behavior!
you can take the Monkey out of the Jungle, but you can't take Jungle out of the Monkey.
In the last five years, I have see them in London and Paris while on holiday. Their manners make me cringe. Some do not talk, they cackle. Some literally bawl into their mobile phones, for instance, in the cafes and totally disrupt those around them who are trying to enjoy their drinks and meals. At KFCs, on more than one occasion, I have seen them swarm to the condiments counters and empty the holders of wet wipes sachets. From Selfridges, Harrods to Printemps and Galeries Lafayette, I have seen some squat outside their stores laden with shopping. Once, at a jewellers in central London, a group of mainlanders came right up to me to observe my discussions with a sales assistant, then casually interrupted my purchase asking how much discount I had secured. She enquired whether my "friends" needed some help. Perish the thought, she thought I was with them. Aiyeeaaah !
The first step is to stop taking dumps on public streets and in shopping malls.....
Let's be a bit more charitable. For many coming to HK it is a first time thing. Anyone who has traveled to the hinterlands (and many lands that are less hinter) sees that people are not used to foreigners or foreign customs/manners. In some ways the Big 6 phenomenon has colored our views. If the government sees it then maybe they can re-task that huge domestic propaganda machine to perhaps letting Mainland people know how the other half lives. Some will ignore but some will take it in. And again perhaps we can be a little more forgiving and less snarky. Just saying a little bit of understanding and reciprocity could not hurt.
fish rots from the head down they say. The VP need only look at his own Party to see also thgat 'manners maketh man'.. witness the treatment of Chen Guangchen's family, for example...
If that is meant to be sarcastic, my answer is: don't blame them because they are probably just trying hard to blend into their local culture.
Rather late for a rude awakening but feeling and admitting shame is a first step to any 12 step recovery program. *chuckle*. As much as I want to feel empathetic to these mainlanders all I can muster is pity. I call this article poetic justice.
They can't help it since their bodies are so used to tainted food. The quality gourmet they ingested in Hong Kong must have disrupted their bowel movements, thus, loses all muscle motor functions particularly those at the rear end.
Rather they don't come?



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