原文标题：Shanghai residents declare war on drunken expats
A group of irate, bucket-wielding Shanghai residents has reportedly declared war on drunken expats who they accuse of disturbing their peace.
Furious locals “dumped water” on some 200 noisy foreigners who enjoying the nightlife on Yongkang Road, one of Shanghai’s most popular bar streets, last weekend.
A local government official told the Global Times newspaper they would now “force” the street’s bars – whose clients are largely European – to close by 10pm.
Residents of the street in what expats call the “Former French Concession” have reportedly been complaining about noise pollution for at least a year.
It appears that the weekend water attack was not the first of its kind.
The dispute “came to a head” at around 10pm on Saturday night when dozens of raucous foreigners were doused with water from the window of at least one home, the report claimed.
A British expat said he had witnessed a similar incident at around 9pm on Friday while dining in a local sushi restaurant.
“The place was absolutely crawling with people, mainly non-Chinese,” said 28-year-old Michael Ashford, a Shanghai-based photography producer. “It was quite crazy really, how many people were out – and it was loud.
“Out the corner of my eye I saw movement outside, then a loud bang and a collective gasp as people got drenched,” he added.
“[I am] not sure whether it was freezing cold water or something other than water. Some people started yelling abuse up at the window and sticking middle fingers up.”
An online photograph of the aftermath drew mixed responses from Chinese micro-bloggers. Some worried the incident would make China “lose face” abroad while others vented anger at the “snobbish and mocking” foreigners.
One micro-blogger claimed the street was now “out of control”. Another wrote: “The noise has made it impossible for kids to sleep. The relevant organs have done nothing [and] the conflict has worsened.”
Xu Yinhao, a resident who filmed Saturday’s incident, told the Global Times the reaction had been hostile. “They gave us the middle finger and shouted at us.
“There are many seniors living here. If [the bars] keep their windows open at night it sounds like New Year’s Eve out there,” he added.
“We don’t want all of the bars to move away. We just hope that the bar owners can keep their foreign customers inside.”
Shanghai is China’s most international city with nearly 150,000 foreign residents.
I was one of the witness. This is absoulutely the local resident’s fault. And I am a shanghainese also, who can speak Shanghainese. Not the one who come from other cities but claim they r Shanghainese. The time was 20:30, which the bars had already reach an agreement that to close the bars @ 10PM . First throw the garbage then it’s the ‘water bomb’ . U can not imagine the situation , I’ve taken the pics also. Yes , there are noise , but the local gov. let the bars to make the business. u can easily figure out the key , who should take the burden and take the responsibility. The similar problem also happens in Taikang community in Xuhui District. Summer is coming , who knows what will happen. …but the report is definitely no base on the true background. Which means the reporter did not make a background check.
In Thailand, this is known as the Songkran holiday. Foreigners pay money to visit and have this done to them
In Thailand, the tourists pay money and can do anything they want. I really mean anything!
That’s why the Europeans like that place so much sometimes they have to stay there for a long long time, unwillingly, of course.
And so are the millions of Chinese in Bangkok and in South Thailand. They have their own Country to go back to, yet they stay on in Thailand. God only knows why.
That’s what you get for living on a bar street I guess. Get mad at gov officials who allowed the bars to be built in the first place, not the customers.
Japan tourist no trouble.
Japan visitor to Nanjing very polite…..only murder 300000 in 6 weeks.
Like British visitor India?
British did not murder indiscriminately in India. Please be doing some homework. Compare India to Indonesia…I think you will find a different legacy. But I think you are a put up job mate. Sionara.
No we didn’t kill and rape a whole city. Although I wish we had invaded you before we gave you the know how to make stuff. Oh thats right. YOU are the original copy nation aren’t you. The original no imagination robot state.
“Shanghai is China’s most international city with nearly 150,000 foreign residents.”
you call that ‘international’ ?? I guess everything is relative since Shanghai has a population of over 25 million !!
N J Englick
It’s actually 200 000 official foreign residents, the actual number is about double that given that half the residents are on tourist visas.
Exactly, speaking as an expat in China (Shanghai), I avoid places where other expats congregate. Came across the street in question last weekend. A horrible place, filled with the dregs of expat society. At least, that was my immediate impression. I didn’t hang around too long.
The interest of the local Chinese residents and that of expats may be compromised by closing the bars at 10pm for instance.
A few others possible measures such as new licence bylaws or relocation of those noisy bars may be considered.
The issue cannot be ignored as there will be more and more expats working in China thanks to policies of reforms and open up.
The last thing the Chinese want is to antagonise those expats some of whom are directly working for China.
if they closed at 10, they would go out of business
Never work — 10pm is just getting warmed up for a lot of expats.
The problem of drunken expats is a problem that needs to be contained to specific zones.
Does that apply to the Chinese drunks I see staggering around Hoxton Square and the West End then?
I bet there are far more local drunks there.
Well the chinese can certainly be noisy , but to be fair they are generally speaking not drunks.
If you live on a city bar street you should expect noise.
In my six years in Shanghai I have yet to see a drunken Chinese person. Drunk expats, on the other hand, are everywhere.
Personally speaking,I don’t think Chinese people are quiet!I take the metro to go to school everyday and most of the people on the train talk loudly and this makes me crazy!And,some of the students in school always talk loudly and laugh crazily while others are doing the on line exercises!They enjoy talking loudly in public.
There’s a lot of difference between talking loudly during daytime and being drunk and shouting late at night.
I can’t blame them, I bloody hate drunks.
It’s certainly not on my list of places to see, so no problem there.
Prefer 21st century modern free societies …
The Chinese are pretty noisy and pushy themselves.
Time to recreate concessions where foreigners can be kept in one place?
The Chinese quiet? Ever heard them going large in a betting shop.
Only James Bond behaves cool in a betting shop because he knows he wins all the time.