Two tour guides were attacked by mainland tourists over smoking issues on Tuesday.
In one case, local guide Chiang Lai said she was leading 15 visitors from Hebei province to Hung Hom for shopping on Tuesday morning when the incident happened, Sing Tao Daily reported on Wednesday.
She advised a man to pick up the cigarette he had thrown on the ground.
But another man, who was smoking at the time, was infuriated by this and suddenly grabbed her neck, yelling “what did you say?”
Chiang, nearly suffocating, was pushed a few steps backward and her head hit a wall. She called her company and the police after recovering from the fright.
Upon seeing the police, the 32-year-old mainland visitor shouted, “What kind of injury do you have? Calling the police? Did I beat you?”
The 42-year-old tour guide’s neck was red and swollen. Still feeling terrified, she said it is the first time she was attacked by a tourist after becoming a tour guide six years ago.
At about the same time, a 31-year-old tour guide surnamed Hui took visitors shopping in Cheung Sha Wan. He was shoved by a mainland tourist when he asked the visitor to smoke outdoors.
At one point, the 38-year-old mainlander held up a metal rod but was restrained by other visitors.
He apologized to the tour guide when police arrived at the scene, the report said.
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