Date
18 January 2017
The beach at Sansiantai could eventually be denuded of its pebbles if visitors insist on collecting them, some taking their trophies away in plastic bags (inset). Photos: sealpha.pixnet.net, gotv.ctitv.com.tw
The beach at Sansiantai could eventually be denuded of its pebbles if visitors insist on collecting them, some taking their trophies away in plastic bags (inset). Photos: sealpha.pixnet.net, gotv.ctitv.com.tw

Taiwan tour guide stops Chinese tourists from stealing pebbles

Tourists from mainland China have earned a worldwide reputation for embarrassing behavior, but could their tour guides share some of the blame, for failing to correct them?

In Taiwan, internet users have heaped praise on a tour guide for preventing a scenic site from being damaged by mainland Chinese tourists, Apple Daily Taiwan reported Thursday.

The owner of a bed-and-breakfast inn posted on his Facebook page that some mainland tourists helped themselves to pebbles from the beach at Sansiantai, a famous scenic spot in southeastern Taiwan, despite an official notice forbidding it.

When the tourists were getting on a bus to leave, the innkeeper wrote, he saw the tour guide stop them, saying it was wrong to put these pebbles in their pockets.

Although the tourists tried to argue with the guide, he refused to yield to their requests to let them go, promising to report them to the authorities if they did not listen.

The tourists finally gave in and left without the pebbles.

The innkeeper thanked the guide in his posting, saying few tour guides would dare to displease their customers for the sake of preserving the island’s natural beauty.

Many internet users who commented on the posting also praised the guide.

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