Oct 03, 2013

    Dos and don'ts for China tourists

    CHINESE tourists should not pick their noses in public, pee in swimming pools or steal life jackets on planes, the authorities in China have warned in a handbook, in their latest effort to counter unruly behaviour.

    The National Tourism Administration publicised its 64-page Guidebook For Civilised Tourism - with illustrations to accompany its list of dos and don'ts - on its website ahead of the Golden Week public holiday that started on Tuesday.

    The handbook also dispensed country-specific advice: Chinese visitors to Germany should snap their fingers to beckon only dogs, not humans. Women in Spain should always wear earrings in public - or else be considered effectively naked.

    And diners in Japan were instructed not to play with their clothes or hair during a meal.

    In Singapore, they have been advised not to chew gum, eat on the MRT or take durians onto public transport.

    The government had previously issued pithy guidelines telling tourists how to behave, but the latest booklet elaborated on the pointers in great detail.

    It also warned travellers not to occupy public toilets for long periods of time or leave footprints on toilet seats.

    A 33-year-old tourist surnamed Zhang, visiting Hong Kong from central Anhui province, complained that the guidelines were too many and too specific: "You cannot possibly look through all of the rules before you go travelling. I think it's not very feasible."