China has been urging its citizens to conduct themselves properly while traveling overseas, warning that “uncivilized behavior” of some tourists was sullying the nation’s image. Despite the campaign by the government and the official media, the message is yet to strike home — even among supposedly upper crust travelers, as the latest report suggests.
According to an account in the Apple Daily, a Chinese tourist group visited the Taipei 101 outlet of Ding Tai Fung, which is famous for its soup dumplings, or xiaolongbao, for lunch on October 2. While at the table, a three-year-old boy in the group wanted to take a leak. The mother, instead of taking him to the restroom, is said to have taken out a plastic bottle and told the child to stand on a chair and pee into the bottle.
The other guests in the restaurant watched in disbelief as the mother was unapologetic and didn’t show any remorse as the boy’s urine splashed around, including the food on the table. On the contrary, the woman demanded that the waiter replace the dumplings that her child had sprayed with his urine.
When the restaurant declined to meet the demand, the woman is said to have raised her voice and asked why she has to pay more after spending a large amount on the trip.
The restaurant confirmed on Sunday that the incident did happen and that all of the tables in the store had been sanitized. It said it reminded the mother that there was a toilet in the restaurant, but the woman failed to take her child there when he wanted to pee.
The woman was said to be part of a five-member family from Shanxi province and from a high-end tourist group. The group stayed in Taiwan between October 1 and October 8 during the week-long Chinese national day holiday, with each member paying as much as 17,000 yuan (US$2,775) for the trip.
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