China Publicly Shames Its Own Worst Tourists
While China is undoubtedly used to visitors behaving badly at the Forbidden City or attempting to take a piece of the Great Wall home with them, they save their most public ire for their own citizens who misbehave while traveling.
In April, China’s National Tourism Administration created an online list of Chinese tourists guilty of “uncivilized behavior” to publicly shame those on it.
They’ve just announced a few additions to the list, including a woman who threw hot tea on her tour guide when she found out that the cost of her son’s ticket was not included in the price of a package tour. Also earning the ignominious fame were two women and a man who got into brawl over a seat-reclining incident on a flight from Cambodia to Chengdu. Another entry on this year’s list came after a man was arrested in Japan for assaulting a convenience store clerk whom he accused of disrespecting his wife. In the clerk’s defense, he had simply asked the woman to stop opening and eating food items she had not paid for.
For their poor behavior, the Chinese citizens were not only named and shamed, but a description of their transgressions was entered onto the tourist administration’s list. They will remain on the list for one to three years and as long as their names are blacklisted, they can be refused service by travel agents, airlines, hotels, and denied entrance at attractions. The tourist administration is also working with some of China’s biggest airlines on "enacting definite restrictive measures" by creating a sort of No Fly List for poor manners. There are now 16 names on the list.
In 2013, China adopted a tourism law that requires all traveling Chinese nationals to respect local customs. They also published a 64-page Guidebook for Civilized Tourism, which, among other misdemeanors, advised against “cursing locals” or “leaving footprints on the toilet seat.” According to The Telegraph, some of the most frequent complaints about Chinese tourists abroad include line-jumping, smoking where banned, littering, and “fouling public toilets.”