Better behaviors urged for Chinese tourists

Chinese are said to be the world's second worst tourists, after Americans. Tiffany Tan and Liu Xiangrui find there is some truth to the accusation, but the situation is improving as more Chinese travel abroad.

CHINA - In September, a flight carrying 200 people from Zurich to Beijing had to turn around four hours into its journey after two Chinese passengers got into a scuffle. According to reports, the trouble started when an intoxicated 57-year-old man slapped a younger man on the head for refusing to put his seat upright while a meal was being served.

"The next thing we noticed, they were both on the floor fighting," Valerie Sprenger, a tourist guide on the flight, told a Swiss news outlet.

A crew member and another passenger restrained the older man, binding his hands and placing him at the back of the plane, where he shouted for an hour, said Sprenger. Upon landing in Zurich, police took both Chinese men into custody, and a local prosecutor fined the aggressor for "undermining the safety of public transport".

The incident, which made headlines around the world, is another blow against Chinese travelers, coming on the heels of a survey on the "world's worst tourists".

The March poll, conducted by the US-based e-commerce site Living Social, found the Chinese to be the second-worst tourists in the world - next only to the American respondents themselves.

The Chinese may not agree about being ranked so high on the list, but they do have an idea of the sentiments that landed them there.

In a micro blog post that has gone viral, one Chinese television executive bemoaned his compatriots' unseemly behaviour while getting on a ferry from Singapore to the nearby Indonesian resort island of Bintan.

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