Chinese tourists misbehaving again

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TAIPEI, Taiwan – The unruly and aggressive behaviors of Chinese tourists have again raised the ire of Taiwanese, as the Anping Fort and Tainan Confucian Temple in Greater Tainan reportedly came under

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TAIPEI, Taiwan – The unruly and aggressive behaviors of Chinese tourists have again raised the ire of Taiwanese, as the Anping Fort and Tainan Confucian Temple in Greater Tainan reportedly came under assault during the recent peak season in travel during China’s National Day holiday last week.

Witnesses said the Chinese tourists were seen smoking and spitting on the ground inside the Anping Fort, which is classified as a grade-one national historic site.

In doing so, they were openly flouting the site’s posted rules of conduct and instructions from the tour guides, while tarnishing its condition, which is already declining due to centuries of weathering and erosion.

The almost 400-year-old remains of the fort begun by the Dutch in 1624 and completed in 1633 is suffering from willful degradation by visitors from across the Taiwan Strait.

According to witnesses, Chinese tourists were seen poking and digging with their fingers at the worn mortar and concrete walls of the fort in recent weeks.

“There were quite a number of them doing this. When the volunteer workers at the fort came to give warnings and remind them of the regulations, it was like the wind going in one ear and out of the other ear. They totally ignored the warnings and even gathered friends together in a small group to poke and dig at the age-old walls,” one witness said.

When told of this situation, Greater Tainan Cultural Affairs Bureau Director Yeh Tse-shan said certain behavior by Chinese tourists have violated the Cultural Heritage Preservation Act.

“However, the Anping Fort site has a wide area and it is too large to hire enough guards to look after every spot,” he said.

“People have suggested erecting barriers in front of the old walls to block off incursion by visitors. After a review, we decided against it, due to concerns that the barriers might also damage the site. The current plan is to request the tour guides and volunteer workers to help out on enforcement and demonstration of the regulations,” he said.

The Tainan Confucius Temple also was the scene of an ugly incident involving Chinese tourists in recent days, while two British academics were in Greater Tainan to attend a conference.

The academics had Lu Fang-hui, a certified tour guide with many years of experience, explaining the history and cultural information on their visit to the attractions around Tainan.

Lu said she and her British clients were rudely interrupted by a group of Chinese tourists, who rushed into the temple. She said they were speaking loudly in Chinese dialects.

Because the Chinese were hampering her effort to share the historical information, Lu said she asked the Chinese tour group to lower their voices.

“After I approached them and returned to my clients, suddenly about five of the Chinese men ran up to confront me in an aggressive manner,” Lu said. “They were men of about 60 years old who questioned my line of work and then accused me of interfering when they were taking photographs.”

As she did not want to leave a bad impression with the British academics, Lu said she decided not to argue with the Chinese.

“However, these men were not satisfied, and they went further with their hostile attitude and raised more complaints,” she said.

Lu added that the men pointed at her in anger, saying: “We spent money here, so why should we keep our voices down?”

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