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Q: What is your impression of Chinese tourists in your home country?

During the last half year the behaviour of Chinese tourists have come up in media several times. 

 

On the shopping streets of my home capital, many shops have Chinese speaking employees, and there are MANY Chinese people talking loudly on the streets. In the shops you often see them carry away larger bags of goods, and I have seen several people discussing sizes on the phone (as I can understand with my limited understanding Mandarin)  I have only observed this in shops belonging to brands that can also be bought in China. 

 

Many of the tourist are sporting the mandatory see through bottle of plants in boiled water. 

I have yet to encounter any tourists eating in local restaurants.

Much of my time I try to stay away from the bigger cities. As soon as I've been outside the bigger cities I have not seen a single Chinese tourist.

 

Actually I have not seen particularly bad behavior from the Chinese tourists. They are better than their reputation. But I must say at the airports they do make a lot of commotion when going through the basic steps of airline travel, such as checking in. 

 

Upon leaving my home country to return to China, the airport tax refund queues where full of Asian looking people. 

 

I am really happy the Chinese tourists spend money on stuff. It saddens me they buy the stuff that is available already in China, what's the point? It also saddens me that it seems they are just on a shopping trip. Only few go to see any, but a couple of top attractions to take some selfies in front of the attraction at hand. 

6 years 9 weeks ago in  Transport & Travel - China

 
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most Chinese tourists visit my home country to see their son or daughter who is studying here, so there are none of the large groups. I have seen them in family groups only, eating in local restaurants. They are welcomed, but might not have the English to speak to locals, although their son or daughter would.

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There aren't that many Chinese tourists in my home country. Nevertheless, I had to show a visitor from China around (not that many Chinese-speaking locals either).

 

Chinese lady: How old is this building? 100-200 years?

Me: 1000!

Chinese lady: No way

Me: Of course, this is a historical site. (the building is not in ruins)

 

The same lady didn't forget to buy precious stones, pearls, gold. She didn't know anything about our history and civilization, yet she was an expert on jewelry.

 

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My sister works at Toronto airport. I have hardly spoken to her about China, and she has always hated the Chinese. She says they are gross, always spitting and farting. I never told her.

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I live in a non-touristy city in the US, and I don't do much traveling while I'm there.  I might see a Chinese student from one of the local universities every now and again, but I never see any Chinese tourists.  The only exception is upon arrival to LAX or Chicago O'Hare airport customs.  I've seen more than a few Chinese visitors get scolded by customs officials for queue problems.  I'm sure they think they're being discriminated against.

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Most of the Chinese tourists I have seen in Australia are in groups doing shopping tours, They aren't allowed to leave the group, and seem to only visit overpriced tourist shops, usually owned by Chinese people. They don't actually get to see many of the tourist attractions.

 

At airports, and in airplanes, they seem to think they are a law unto themselves. I do not see nationals from any other country acting in such an unacceptable way.

 

I also don't see other tourists segregated from the mainstream population as much as Chinese tourists are. Perhaps it is a Catch 22. They can't be trusted to mix with the general tourists (or simply aren't wanted), but don't learn international protocols because they aren't allowed to mix.

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