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Halt public nose-picking, say China’s tourism authorities

October 11, 2013 Destination Global, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Refrain from picking your nose in public and never use your fingers to pick your teeth. Those two rules of etiquette (which may well apply to virtually all cultures at all times in history) are stressed in a new guidebook outlining social etiquette for Chinese tourists.

The 64-page Guidebook to Civilised Tourism, published by China’s National Tourism Administration, provides tourists with a list of rules for remaining polite when travelling abroad. 250x250

Guidelines have been expanded, Britain’s Independent newspaper reports. Not only should travellers not pick their noses in public, they should keep their nose-hair neatly trimmed. On no account should they take and keep the lifejackets from under their seats, at the end of a flight. The lifejackets may be needed by other travellers in an emergency.

Vice Premier Wang Yang stated that the conduct of Chinese tourists had “damaged the image of the Chinese people”. Several recent cases have been reported, including one concerning a Chinese teenager who carved his name on a priceless Egyptian antiquity at Luxor.

More recently, members of a Chinese tour group flatly refused to hand back the stainless steel cutlery Singapore Airlines had provided them with their in-flight meal service. That impasse was resolved only after the SIA cabin crew pleaded with the tour group leader to intervene.

The booklet also contains some unusual country-specific advice, the Independent noted. In Germany, Chinese visitors should snap their fingers only to beckon dogs, never to summon humans, the booklet advises. Women should always wear earrings in public in Spain and diners in Japan should never play with their clothes or hair during a meal.

Written by : Peter Needham

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