As if Egyptian tour guides didn’t have it hard enough, Chinese tourists who visit the pyramids or sail down the Nile have taken to tipping with tiny tins of mentholated balm instead of cash. Ye Sanshe said the friendly Egyptians who gave him directions and served him tea on his recent six-day tour went crazy for the coin-sized pots of Tiger Balm, as the general-purpose ointment, sometimes used for aches and pains, is commonly known. Meanwhile, Egyptian hospitality workers, confirming they receive tons of the all-purpose ointment on a regular basis, don’t have a clue why the Chinese keep handing it to them or what to do with it. Ye’s guide said he’d received “tens of thousands” of the tins.
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