Bei­jing rule would tar­get un­ruly peo­ple

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By TANG YUE tangyue@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Tourists who have pre­vi­ously ex­hib­ited un­civ­i­lized be­hav­ior might be shut out of some at­trac­tions in Bei­jing, ac­cord­ing to a new draft reg­u­la­tion un­der dis­cus­sion by the mu­nic­i­pal leg­is­la­ture.

Ac­cord­ing to the draft Bei­jing tourism reg­u­la­tion, the tourism au­thor­ity should es­tab­lish a sys­tem that can keep a record of un­civ­i­lized be­hav­ior, and travel agen­cies and scenic spots can refuse to pro­vide ser­vice for those on the black­list.

The rule-break­ing be­hav­iors in­clude dis­turb­ing or­derly trans­porta­tion, ru­in­ing the en­vi­ron­ment, dam­ag­ing pub­lic fa­cil­i­ties, dam­ag­ing cul­tural relics or his­toric sites, and other be­hav­iors that se­verely harm tourism, the draft said.

In or­der to bet­ter reg­u­late the prac­tice of rent­ing out one’s own house as a hos­tel, the draft stip­u­lates that in ur­ban ar­eas own­ers are lim­ited to rent­ing out five rooms, while the up­per limit is 15 in ru­ral ar­eas.

If the scale of the busi­ness is larger than stip­u­lated, the busi­ness will be con­sid­ered a reg­u­lar ho­tel, the draft said.

Ac­cord­ing to Cheng Xiao­jun, a mem­ber of the stand­ing com­mit­tee of the mu­nic­i­pal peo­ple’s congress, some leg­is­la­tors sug­gested that the prac­tice of guides and in­ter­preters at world her­itage sites in Bei­jing should be reg­u­lated.

Bei­jing has six sites on UNESCO’s world her­itage list — the For­bid­den City, Tem­ple of Heaven, Sum­mer Palace, Badal­ing GreatWall, theMing Tombs and the Pek­ing Man Relics Site at Zhouk­oudian.

Cheng said ser­vices at such sites should be de­liv­ered at a high pro­fes­sional stan­dard. As such, the guides should re­ceive train­ing and get li­censes from the site.

Some leg­is­la­tors also rec­om­mended that more pub­lic trans­porta­tion routes to pop­u­lar tourist des­ti­na­tions in the sub­urbs should be cre­ated.

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Tourists ex­hibit­ing un­civ­i­lized be­hav­ior in Bei­jing may be banned from some at­trac­tions.

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