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From the Ugly American to the Uncivilized Chinese

Hey, California might appreciate this.That’s a lot of people to keep tabs on.Do you remember how we covered the recent slew of nudity enthusiasts touring Cambodia’s Angkor Wat last month? Well, if Communist China has anything to say about it, those prime examples of bad tourists won’t ever be Chinese.

Move over America, it seems China is surpassing you yet again. Whereas the Ugly American used to be the gold standard for appalling behavior abroad, the China National Tourism Administration worries that might soon be changed to the Uncivilized Chinese.

From April of this year, the CNTA has begun combing social media, looking into citizen’s bank accounts, and checking in with border control, customs officers, and police to make sure that the people of the People’s Republic of China are not doing anything inappropriate or shameful abroad.

Apparently, as a move toward capitalism has resulted in higher wages, it’s only been in the last decade that the Chinese have joined the vacation set, which in the eyes of the ever watching Chinese Government means that there’s an increased potential of Nation-wide disgrace with these novice travelers.That will cost her.

Calling for more overall social supervision the CNTA makes the case that, “'Tourism reflects on the country and the people's image.”

In fact, just this last week, Chinese authorities blacklisted four people from further travel; two for being snarky to an AirAsia flight attendant (in fairness, it got so bad that the flight had to return to Bangkok), one for opening the plane’s emergency exit doors on a domestic flight, and the last one for climbing onto statues at Mount Hua.

Hey, there’s no vacation from tyranny. 

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  • Guest (Clarence)

    I have had the opportunity to travel a lot with people of vastly different nationalities and I believe that it is not a matter of where one is from but usual bad manners or rudeness are caused by degrees of jetlag, hunger, language frustration and a break in routine.

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  • Guest (intheblazer)

    It's no longer the Ugly American, because what American actually feels safe traveling anymore?

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  • Tourist of any country must follow the rules of the country they visited. Any person or persons visited a country as a tourist I think is responsible for his activities.These must be as increase the respect towards his home country. Countries may give a proper behavior
    rules to the tourists What to do? and what not to do ? My thought is all humans are equal irrespective of the country.

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