Citizens urged not to embarrass nation when abroad
Updated: 2006-10-04 11:09
Beijing - With suggestions to speak quietly, respect
queues and put litter in bins, China has released a list of "dos and don'ts" for
citizens intending to travel abroad.
Chinese tourists visit Kuala Lumpur. China has released a list of "dos and don'ts" for
citizens intending to travel abroad.[AFP]
The country's main tourism body and
the central government's Spiritual Civilization Committee issued guidelines this
week to tell travelers how to behave when overseas, the Xinhua news agency
"The move aims to promote civilized behavior among Chinese travelers and
restore the country's image, which has been tarnished by the behavior of some
Chinese tourists," Xinhua said.
"Uncivilized behavior is becoming a real embarrassment for China."
Among the guidelines for Chinese travelers are to not litter, not talk
loudly, respect queuing rules, be polite in public places and observe the rule
of "ladies first", according to Xinhua.
Spitting is another habit at the top of the "don't" list.
The number of Chinese traveling overseas has rocketed in recent years as many
in the nation of 1.3 billion people have become wealthier.
Chinese tourists made 31 million trips abroad last year,
with that number expected to rise to 100 million by 2020, Xinhua said.