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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2735

China issues rules for "Civilized" Tourist Behaviour

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The Chinese government today promulgated regulations for its citizens to behave as "civilized" tourists when travelling. "These may well serve as useful guidelines for the good behavior of tourists of other nationalities, as well", says Lakshman Ratnapala, President Emeritus of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA).

Ratnapala pointed out that environmental and cultural degradation, as well as insentivity to local cultures by the ever growing numbers of tourists, both domestic and international, have become threatening concerns to host communities, the world over, but especially so in areas where over visitation poses dangers to fragile eco systems and heritage sites.

The regulations, issued by the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) declared that.“being a civilized tourist is the obligation of each citizen,” and singled out “protecting cultural relics” as one of the norms to be abided by Chinese tourists.

The declaration rejects behaviors such as doodling on, or carving characters into, ancient relics, as well as climbing or touching cultural relics. Photos can only be taken of relics when allowed by local regulations, according to the convention.

It also promotes seven other norms to be followed by citizens, including maintaining a clean environment, complying with public orders, protecting ecology, protecting public infrastructure and utilities, respecting other people’s rights, showing courtesy when with others and seeking appropriate entertainment. It labels actions such as spitting, littering, vandalizing, jay-walking and cutting queues as improper behavior.

Graffiti recently left in an Egyptian temple by a teenage Chinese tourist has caused an uproar among other Chinese citizens, who have reflected on how to better regulate behaviors in order to build a good national image.

Government data show that Chinese travellers made nearly 3 billion domestic trips in 2012, and that outbound trips exceeded 80 million in the same year.

- Asian Tribune -

China issues rules for "Civilized" Tourist Behaviour
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