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Chinese Tourists Arriving In Singapore Get Reminder On Do's And Donts That Is 30 Pages Long

Pic: Straits TimesPic: Straits Times

The Chinese tourists arriving at Singapore's Changi Airport on Friday afternoon were certainly surprised to be greeted by staff from their own Chinese Embassy.

They were even more taken aback when the officials politely handed them pamphlets on how to behave, South China Morning Post (SCMP) reports.

The list of dos and don’ts that include reminders not to at whistle in the theatre and don’t steal blankets and lifejackets onboard planes ran to nearly 30 pages.

Other reminders include not bringing durians on public transport, avoid jaywalking and cutting queues.

Fang Xinwen, the Chinese embassy’s charge d’affaires, even prepared a speech at the airport to launch the pamphlet! Singaporean tourism board officials were also present to greet the tourists.

According to SCMP, more than 1.5 million visitors arrived in Singapore from mainland China in the first half of the year.

The event was scheduled as a large number of Chinese tourists are expected to descend on the city state in the coming week as China celebrates its National Day “golden week” holiday that begins on October 1. The free pamphlet will be available for Chinese arriving at the airport.

This isn't the first time that the Chinese authorities have made the effort to remind Chinese tourists abroad to mind their manners as the hoardes of cash rich Chinese mainlanders who descend on European, American and Asian tourist destinations have increased significantly in recent years.

Unfortunately, they have also earned a bad reputation for being terrible tourists while abroad.

BBC had ran a feature report on the stereotype of the typical ill-mannered Chinese tourist a few years back.

As far back as 2013, the Chinese government had even published a 64-page guidebook teaching proper etiquette to outward bound  Chinese travellers.

- mD