Chinese Tourists Urged to Improve Their Behavior

A photo posted on Sina Weibo showing Chinese graffiti on an ancient temple in Luxor, Egypt went viral, leading netizens to dig up and reveal the vandal’s name and school name. The teenager’s parents soon made a...

Southern Weekend: We Must Change the Way We Speak Today

An editorial from Southern Weekend looks at a new media policy in Yunnan that forbids the use of certain phrases in reporting: The propaganda department [宣传部] of the Yunnan Provincial Party Committee recently put out a bold new...

Commuters in Beijing Asked To Give Up Bus Seats

With less than 6 months to go before the Beijing Olympic Games, the city is trying to prepare its citizens’ etiquette to welcome its international visitors. Beijing authorities yesterday launched “Seat-giving...

Heirs of China’s New Elites Schooled in Ancient Values – Maureen Fan

From the Washington Post: In a borrowed classroom of the provincial Communist Party School, a newly busy philosophy professor addressed 15 well-groomed adult students. His message: Try to have a soul. …It was opening day of Jiaye Changqing, or “Family Enterprise Lasts Forever,” a week-long course for the sons and daughters of rich entrepreneurs — […]

Shenzhen’s Most Barbarian Signs – Southern Metro Daily

Shenzhen is exposing all its true colors when it comes to displaying emotions, against Beijing’s intention to spruce up its image. Translated from Southern Metro Daily: In the cat-and-mouse game of people who post scam bills and those who try to catch the posters, Shenzhen is escalating the game with some verbal brutality, with signs […]

Beijing Fines Spitters for City’s Image – Xinhua

Spitters being fined in major Chinese cities is not news. The national movement of “Five Stresses and Four Points of Beauty” (‰∫îËÆ≤ÂõõÁæéÔºâ has banned spitting in public for many years and linked spitting with low moral standards. Still it does not work so well. Spitting has not been explained effectively as an unhealthy habit to […]

Police Officers Must Not Be Rude – Beijing Morning News

From BBC’s Chinese section, partially translated by CDT: According to Beijing Morning News, The Beijing Public Security Bureau did a comprehensive survey earlier this year on rude language and behavior which citizens feel most abhorrent. The Disciplinary Committee of Beijing Public Security Bureau printed a training manual for police officers. It also said that police […]

Beijingers show improvement in etiquette – Xinhua

From Xinhua: A Beijing sociology professor said that Beijingers have shown improvement in etiquette over the past year. Sha Lianxiang, sociology professor with the People’s University of China, said that there has been a decline in the number of people littering, spitting and flaunting traffic rules. A research team of the university conducted a series […]

Teach Chinese How to Behave

China, a country with a five-thousand-year civilized history, is teaching its citizens how to behave. Two administrations issued two regulations demanding that Chinese pay attention to everyday etiquette and hygiene while travelling abroad and within the country. According to Xinhua, the Civilization Office with the Spiritual Civilization Steering Committee and the National Tourism Administration jointly […]

Tourists urged to show right manners abroad – Xinhua News Agency

From Shanghai Daily (link): Some Chinese tourists are being warned that while their bad social graces such as spitting, slurping food and jumping queues may merely disgust people at home, they are sometimes not at all tolerated in other countries. Zhang Xiao was warned about his manner by his travel agency as he prepared for […]

Chinese tourists getting a bad image – Wayne Arnold

From the International Herald Tribune: The surge in package tour groups from China, an important source of income for the region, is also giving rise to an unflattering stereotype: the loud, rude and culturally na√Øve Chinese tourist. Sound familiar? The tide of travelers from China mirrors the emergence of virtually every group of overseas tourists […]

The real line dividing cultures – Henry Fountain

From the International Herald Tribune: Hong Kong Disneyland, the second Disney foray into Asia, is known to some in the theme park business as Disney Lite. It is far smaller than Disney parks in the United States, Japan and France, with fewer of the elaborate signature rides. But in one area, at least, the Hong […]



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