An old news report, based on a survey conducted by an international travel website in 2012, has gone viral on the internet.
That’s because many netizens were surprised by the survey finding that Chinese were second only to Americans as the most unpopular tourists worldwide.
The poll gained new currency after a recent surge of stories on improper behavior displayed by mainland tourists overseas, Ming Pao Daily reported.
Just last week, an AirAsia budget flight to Nanjing had to return to Bangkok after a couple of passengers became unruly and one threw hot water at a stewardess.
Several mainland and Taiwanese and newspapers, mistakenly thinking that the survey was new, picked it up and published stories about it, thus adding to the confusion, the report said.
The poll showed that respondents did not like American travelers who tended to talk loudly and were rude when dealing with locals. They also noted that most of them dressed up improperly.
As for Chinese tourists, respondents complained about their loud conversations in public places.
Dai Bin, director of the China Tourism Academy, said in 2012 one would easily notice that people in Europe or Japan normally spoke in a low voice and used headphones when listening to music from their devices.
In the case of Chinese tourists, they would speak on the phone or laugh loudly as if no one was around, Dai said.
Some Chinese tourists also took away utensils or napkins from restaurants, and would not tip waiters.
French and Japanese ranked third and fourth respectively on the 2012 most notorious travelers’ list, the report said.
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