China has been urging its citizens to be on their best behavior while traveling overseas, but the entreaties seem to be falling on deaf ears.
Mainland tourists continue to make news for all the wrong reasons, tarnishing the nation’s image further in the eyes of the world.
In the latest incident, Russian media are reporting that a Chinese woman let her young child take a leak in the middle of The Catherine Palace, the summer residence of the former Russian tsars.
According to the reports, it happened on Aug. 2 when a mainland Chinese tour group visited the palace, which is located about 30 kilometers south of St. Petersburg.
When a boy said he wanted to pee, his mother, instead of taking him to a toilet, just let the kid relieve himself onto the floor inside the palace.
The palace staff was shocked, with an employee exclaiming that this must have been a first in the building’s more-than-250-year history, according to Sing Tao Daily.
Radio Free Asia noted that Russians are facing a dilemma with regard to Chinese tourists.
While the people welcome the economic benefits brought by an increasing number of Chinese tourists, they are however put off by the “unruly and uncivilized” behavior of some of the visitors.
The Catherine Palace is named after Catherine I, the wife of Peter the Great, who ruled Russia for two years after her husband’s death in 1725.
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