Beijing has issued a handy 64-page rulebook aimed at curbing the unruly behaviour of Chinese tourists abroad who have developed an “uncivilised” stereotype.
In an effort to smooth out international relations, Guidelines On Civilised Travel Abroad advises travellers to keep nose-hair neatly trimmed, avoid using fingers to pick their teeth and refrain from peeing in the swimming pool.
In the book, which comes with helpful illustrations, tourists are urged not to occupy public toilets for long periods or leave footprints on the seat. Nose picking in public is frowned upon.
Life vests should be left under the seat in aircraft, the rulebook states, otherwise “if a dangerous situation arises then someone else will not have a life jacket”.
The book dispenses country-specific advice too: visitors to Germany should snap their fingers to beckon dogs only, not humans.
Women in Spain should always wear earrings in public – or they could be considered naked. Diners in Japan should not play with their clothes or hair during a meal.
Tourists are reminded that all air-conditioned places in Hong Kong and Macau are no-smoking areas, and mainlanders should not try to get refunds for food.
A 33-year-old tourist visiting Hong Kong from Anhui province complained that the guidelines were too many and too specific.
But one visitor from Guizhou said the new rules provided tourists and locals with a better environment. – Daily Mail