Changing nature of Chinese tourists

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Flag of China  , Shanghai,
Thursday, October 30, 2008

It is easy for Westerners to portray Chinese tourists as mobs of rude, loud, shoppers - so how do other Chinese view their comrades?

One columnist for China Daily, Liu Shinan has this to say, along with a call for a new concept of tourism:

They take vacation as a good opportunity to visit famous tourist attractions. They feel content with the thought of "I've been there." This habit leads to over-crowdedness in these places and partly contributes to packed trains, buses and flights during the holiday seasons. The crowdedness, in turn, causes the service to decline in quality and the comfort of traveling to deteriorate.

Such an understanding of tourism also leads to tight itineraries. Look at travel agencies' ads in newspapers. There are hundreds of such schedules as "10-day tour of seven European countries." Herded by the guides, the tourists travel to one famous place after another and have photos taken with the landmark building or object before rushing to the next venue. Riding transport vehicles, taking photos and buying souvenirs are, for them, the only content of holiday travels.

This is not a vacation but rather a labor. This concept of tourism should be changed. Holidays and vacations are time for rest. They should be spent in a relaxed manner. And it is not necessary to go to famous tourist attractions. There are lots of less known places where landscapes are also attractive.

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/opinion/liu_shinan.html
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