Date
21 October 2017
Thanks to “bakugai”, or explosive shopping by Chinese visitors, retailers in Japan are seeing some hope even though the Japanese economy slipped back into recession in the third quarter last year. Photo: Bloomberg
Thanks to “bakugai”, or explosive shopping by Chinese visitors, retailers in Japan are seeing some hope even though the Japanese economy slipped back into recession in the third quarter last year. Photo: Bloomberg

What foreigners dislike most about Chinese tourists

China Tourism Academy has released a report that reveals precisely what foreigners don’t like most about Chinese visitors.

Among behaviors found least acceptable, throwing garbage in the street ranks No. 1 with a 23 percent share.

Well, Chinese are not really known for their love and care of public areas.

Crossing the street on a red light takes second place. This is not surprising to anyone who has tried crossing a road amid the chaotic traffic situation in the mainland.

Jeering and speaking loud in public, jumping queues, letting toddlers pee in the street and trampling on grass are also among the most undesirable acts.

Nevertheless, no one can ignore the spending power of Chinese tourists, which has become a lifeline for retailers in many countries.

From toilet seats to chic handbags, everything is fair game for more than 100 million Chinese who travel overseas each year in search of anything they can’t get at home.

The Japanese even coined a word, “bakugai” (explosive buying 爆買), to describe their crazy shopping spree.

The word was declared winner of the U-Can New Words and Buzzwords Awards for 2015.

No wonder, more than half of foreigners polled by the academy said they welcome Chinese visitors and less than 20 percent would limit their number.

This global love-hate relationship with Chinese tourists can only continue.

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RA

EJ Insight writer

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