Civ­i­lized be­hav­ior be­gins at home

China Daily (Canada) - - COMMENT -

A flight from Thai­land to China was de­layed re­cently be­cause two groups of Chi­nese tourists wouldn’t stop fight­ing over a triv­ial mat­ter. The mat­ter was set­tled only af­ter the Thai po­lice in­ter­vened. To pre­vent Chi­nese people from fight­ing dur­ing over­seas trips, they have to be taught to first be­have prop­erly within the coun­try, says an ar­ti­cle on gmw. cn. Ex­cerpts:

Un­civ­i­lized be­hav­ior by Chi­nese tourists is not rare. For ex­am­ple, they have been known to fight in pub­lic places and van­dal­ize his­tor­i­cal sites. As far as for­eign­ers are con­cerned, they have mixed feel­ings about the boom in the num­ber of Chi­nese tourists; they have a some­what love-hate re­la­tion­ship with Chi­nese vis­i­tors.

For­eign­ers love Chi­nese tourists’ con­sump­tion power, which they know can boost their economies. But they hate Chi­nese vis­i­tors for their un­civ­i­lized be­hav­ior and be­cause of the trou­bles they cre­ate. Such is Chi­nese tourists’ rep­u­ta­tion that spe­cial warn­ings have been posted for them at some over­seas tourist spots. In short, Chi­nese tourists don’t have a good rep­u­ta­tion abroad.

But the fact is that Chi­nese people do not be­have badly only when they travel abroad. They be­have no dif­fer­ently at home, only that such be­hav­iors are con­sid­ered un­civ­i­lized over­seas.

If Chi­nese people are fined for lit­ter­ing or warned against talk­ing loudly in pub­lic within the coun­try, they will try to change their habits and not re­peat them while trav­el­ing over­seas. And Chi­nese tourists will not be seen fight­ing each other in a for­eign land, be­cause they will learn to over­look triv­ial mat­ters.

Only by chang­ing their be­hav­ior within the coun­try can Chi­nese people be­have in a civ­i­lized man­ner and with cour­tesy in for­eign coun­tries.

The opin­ions ex­pressed on this page do not nec­es­sar­ily re­flect those of China Daily US edi­tion.

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