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Posted on 02/23/2008 4:47:02 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster
Tourism body urges Chinese tourists to give Paris department store a miss
BEIJING, Feb. 23 (Xinhua) -- A China Tourism Association official suggested on Saturday that Chinese tourists avoid shopping in the Paris-based Galeries Lafayette.
The unnamed official said the association was concerned about an incident where two Chinese tourists were treated insultingly while shopping in the famed French department store.
"We are discontent and regretted that Chinese tourists were treated so rudely in Paris. We suggest travelers not to go shopping in the store before the incident is properly handled."
He asked domestic travel agencies to suspend organizing tourists to visit Lafayette.
He urged the French high-end retail group and concerned departments to properly solve the issue and avoid such kind of incidents in future.
China and France have good diplomatic relations. Bilateral tourism exchanges have been growing quickly in the past few years. Although the recent incident had seriously hurt the two victims, the official still believed the French side would try to minimize the influence of the issue and create a friendly environment for Chinese tourists.
A newlywed couple from the eastern Zhejiang Province were accused of using a forged note while paying for a purchase at Lafayette on Feb. 11. They were then taken to a police station where they were questioned and searched.
After a bank expert identified the note was real, the couple returned to the cashier who again refused the note and insisted to claim it was counterfeit.
The French department store on Friday made a formal apology to the couple.
If they were hundred dollar bills, there is a pretty good chance they were counterfeit.
French people being rude? Shocking! :)
Those guys were unpleasent and impolite to foreigners? Tell me it ain't so. /S
Is it true that both Chinese communists and French communists like black, because it’s easier to travel light, and since they don’t take showers, can go to the funeral anyway!
On the contrary, I’ve not found the French rude, and I’ve been there numerous times. The trick is to at least learn a few words in French — even if you just say “Escusez-moi, je ne parle pas le bon français, vous m’assist, s’il vous plaît?” and then they will proceed to help you out and even speak English! If, however, to the same person you start your question in English or, even worse, say “Do you speak Ennnglishhh?”, they will ignore you or say “Je ne comprende” and walk away.
Chinese tourists complaining of rudeness? That’s rich!Given the shocking behavior (i.e., spitting in the street, taking their shoes and socks off in public, jumping queues, talking loudly) of most Chinese tourists abroad, the Chinese government itself is threatening to pull the passports of those who refuse to comport themselves in a dignified or even civilized fashion when abroad. I’m sure the Parisians (as wells as Singaporeans, Malaysians and residents of other nations that the newly-affluent Chinese deign to visit) would love it if they boycotted their cities/nations. They crowd into shops/restaurants/cafes in enormous groups, are extremely rude, demanding and loud and then wonder why salespeople and wait staff groan when they see them coming. Perhaps they should just stay home?
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