Chinese tourists boost Thai economy but stir outrage
Accused of urinating in public, spitting on the street, or kicking a sacred temple bell -- free-spending Chinese tourists are receiving a mixed welcome as their soaring numbers help the kingdom's creaking economy.
Growing outrage over the perceived disrespect of visitors from the Asian giant saw authorities print thousands of Chinese-language etiquette manuals earlier this year in a bid to keep their tourists in check.
Last month it was a photo of a young girl peeing in the grounds of Bangkok's Grand Palace that triggered the latest round of enraged, and sometimes racist, comments as Thai social media users claimed she was Chinese.
George 17 hours ago
This is because the Chinese lack the pride in their own country by polluting it and breaking the driving laws everywhere. They think nothing of throwing trash on the ground, and the men are urinating in public here in China, disrespecting women and children by doing so.
I believe it is because they lack self-respect, and this is shown in the lack of respect for others and other countries.
I know this all to be a fact because I have been living and working in China for the past eight-years. I see it every day.
G 11 hours ago
After reading many of the comments here, I don't agree that defecating in the streets can possibly be labelled a 'cultural misunderstanding', unless one was raised by wolves.
I've been on the other end of the stick though, so I can see some of it. I lived in Japan for a year, and as a Canadian I believed I had already attained the height of manners and politeness and could not possibly do anything wrong. I wouldn't know where to start; I had an itch in my ear one day and shockingly stuck my little finger into it on a crowded train, to the polite terror of the family seated across from me. On my first attempt in a public bath I tried to enter the final hot tub portion of the ritual with what the Japanese colleague who accompanied me shockingly referred to as 'remnants of soap still on my back', explaining why one of the patrons let in horror from the tub. I managed to find a western toilet occasionally, and this one in Tokyo had controls like the bridge of the Enterprise and I accidentally pushed the 'water' button, which I misread as 'flush' and made a bit of a mess. I slunk out of the stall only to find a lineup of Japanese in suits waiting for me to finish. The head of the line reported to the rest of them with a phrase that was later translated by a fellow grad student as "Goddam filthy foreigners!". It went downhill from there for a time, but after a few weeks I eventually learned to blend, or at least not offend.