Oy! These are not the days to be Chinese and visiting the world outside your borders.
The Chinese have officially bumped the U.S. into second on the “Most Obnoxious Tourist” list (never fear, I am sure one of my countrymen are doing something RIGHT NOW to get back the top spot–we hate coming in second, you know).
I thought this little article about the growing economic power of touring Chinese was interesting on many levels. First off, the sight of real rice will often move me to tears as well. The crap that many Americans call rice is inedible, even to me. But seriously, the cultural differences always amaze me, and I devour these little tidbits with nerdy abandon. What is it about putting people from Beijing and Shanghai on the same bus? Is it the same as putting Alabama/LSU fans on the same transport? Inquiring minds want to know!
I thought it was interesting that education was sited as the reason these tourists are having these issues. After living their lives closed off from the rest of the world, they just don’t know how to act. What we might see as adventu rous, they just see as weird. What we see as etiquette, such as standing in line, they are just clueless. But they bring enough money ($8.8 Billion in the U.S. alone, per the article) that an industry is popping up to support them, and as it says, tour owners, hoteliers, and others will always “bow to” their cash.