Chinese tourists push back against rant about poor manners

18 March 2015

While cultural differences and the large numbers of Chinese tourists drive some of this sentiment, the impact of geopolitics also cannot be ignored, says Ian Rowen, a Fellow at the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy. “Many people in Taiwan and Hong Kong resent mainland China’s political influence, and the poor behaviour of some Chinese tourists is a potent reminder of their plight,” he tells BBC Trending. “The ‘uncivilized’ behaviour of some tourists seems out of step with China’s rising economic and political clout. This has not gone unnoticed by China’s government, which has launched ‘spiritual education’ campaigns to train tourists to be better ‘ambassadors’ of the nation.”

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