HONG KONG, CHINA – Didn’t your mother ever tell you to ‘mind your manners’? Well, it’s the law in China.
The country’s first tourism law went into effect October 1st.
The strict law covers things like tourist safety, price hikes and forced shopping trips.
Tour guides and agencies that break the new laws face steep fines; the U.S. equivalent of $49,000.
These laws mainly deal with tourism in China; but did you know that Chinese travelers have received widespread criticism for their ‘immoral behavior’ abroad?
Earlier this year, a Chinese tourist was found defacing a stone sculpture in one of the ancient Egyptian temples.
So, China’s National Tourism Administration issued a ‘Guidebook for Civilized Tourism’ to instruct citizens on social norms overseas.
The 64-page booklet covers the obvious reminders to say ‘please’, ‘thank you’ and ‘excuse me’, and even includes specific cultural items like:
- In Iran: do not talk about babies’ eyes.
- In the UK: do not greet others by asking them questions like, ‘where are you going?’
- In Korea: face sideways when drinking alcoholic beverages.
- In Italy: do not give someone a handkerchief. It’s considered an omen.
- In Spain: ladies should wear earrings when going out. Otherwise, it is the same as going out naked.