Chinese tourists carving out a bad reputation abroad

The boy's offending graffiti on the temple in Luxor.

The recent online exposure of a teenager from Nanjing who defaced a 3,500-year-old Egyptian temple has provoked nationwide introspection on such poor behaviour abroad, which many said had damaged the image of mainland tourists.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 11:24am 7 comments

Letters to the Editor, April 7, 2013

Sydney has anti-light-pollution regulations. Photo: Bloomberg

The global factory farming industry means that millions of animals are raised for food in what can only be described as inhumane conditions. Similarly, the fur industry has a brutal track record and it prefers to keep consumers uninformed about how that divinely soft pelt on a designer coat, or the fluffy fur trim on a new jacket, was manufactured.

7 Apr 2013 - 1:42am 3 comments

Stereotypes of Chinese mainlanders go too far

Many mainlanders feel they are discriminated against in foreign countries. Photo: Edward Wong

Mainland tourists are often the butt of criticism for their perceived lack of finesse. Spitting, littering, smoking in prohibited areas, queue-jumping - the list of offences is fairly long.

1 Apr 2013 - 3:00am 5 comments

Letters to the Editor, March 18, 2013

People watch fireworks in a Beijing street. Photo: AFP

After studying how the topic has been discussed over the last 20 plus years, I realise that, like what the experts say about grief over a lost loved one, there are five stages Hongkongers have experienced in their thinking on universal suffrage, although some have occurred simultaneously and not necessarily always in the following order.

18 Mar 2013 - 1:41am 7 comments

Forbearance for rude mainland Chinese travellers

Chinese are expected to become the biggest outbound tourist market this year. Photo: AFP

Global tourism is being driven by mainland visitors, their numbers surging annually by double-digit percentages. Chinese are expected to become the biggest outbound market this year, overtaking Americans and Germans with 95 million trips and US$110 billion in spending. But while they are being welcomed with open arms by governments, they are not always as warmly greeted by locals. As in Hong Kong, manners and habits are criticised most.

10 Mar 2013 - 8:58am 7 comments

High time to be more considerate

Some people insist on trying to squeeze on board a full compartment while the train doors are closing.

When I moved to Hong Kong I could not help but wonder how people found time to line up for so long waiting for a meal outside a restaurant or a discount offer at a big brand shop.

10 Mar 2013 - 2:52am

What the local media says, February 9, 2013

Zhang Xiaoming. Photo: CNS

Sunday, Sing Tao Daily

Minibus driver caught playing Candy Crush in traffic jam

A minibus driver was accused of risking lives by playing the video game Candy Crush Saga on his phone in a traffic jam. After a passenger posted a video showing the driver's antics on the internet, one viewer warned against Candy Crush becoming "Car Crush".


9 Feb 2013 - 5:42am

Slovenly habits have no place in Hong Kong, especially our own

Rubbish strew from a fallen garbage bin on Shek O Beach after the New Year. Photo: Antony Dickson

So, some of us take exception to mainland visitors and their habits. A photo doing the rounds last week of a mainland child defecating on the floor of Kaohsiung airport in Taiwan said it all for those who think in terms of "them" and "us". It fitted perfectly the engrained image that those from north of the border don't know much about hygiene and cleanliness.

5 Feb 2013 - 2:41am 1 comment

Looking westwards

A good understanding of Chinese and Western etiquette can assist young people to socialise more comfortably in cosmopolitan Hong Kong.

Many local parents recognise the potential future benefits for their children and are enrolling them in Western-style etiquette classes in increasing numbers.

12 May 2012 - 12:00am

The proper gap between the sexes

If a boy and a girl are less than 50cm apart, it's socially unacceptable. So says 'the code' at a middle school in Chengdu, Sichuan province.

The code of behaviour, being taught at Yandaojie Middle School, is part of new push for etiquette education under a new national guideline for primary and middle school students made public over the weekend.

25 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

In a manner of speaking

Behaving decently and respectfully can help you to get ahead in the workplace - rather than being left behind

Book The Etiquette Advantage in Business

Authors Peggy Post and Peter Post

Publisher HarperCollins

24 May 2008 - 12:00am

Remember - it's the twirly bird that gets the spaghetti

Now then, this is a whisky glass and this one's for brandy, which is an after dinner drink. It goes with the cigars, the lecturer told diners at the Grand Hyatt last weekend.

Sound advice indeed, except that Jean Wong's audience was aged between five and 12.

4 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

The Fabulous Girl's Guide to Decorum

The Fabulous Girl's Guide to Decorum

by Kim Izzo, Ceri Marsh

Quadrille $98

21 Dec 2003 - 12:00am

How important are manners - is it cool to be rude?

Carolyn Lau, 13

5 Oct 2003 - 12:00am