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China names and shames its badly behaving tourists

Sixteen people are on a list of Chinese tourists exemplifying "uncivilized behaviour," including a woman who attacked a tour guide with hot tea after discovering the price of a ticket wasn't included in a vacation package.

Public shaming meant to fix some people's bad perception of Chinese travellers

Chinese tourists take photographs at Red Square during a snowfall in Moscow in April. Several Chinese (not these ones) have been placed on a list of misbehaving tourists and could face travel bans of up to three years. (Alexander Zemlianichenko/Associated Press)

China's tourism authority has named and shamed another five tourists from its country for bad behaviour and says it is working with airlines on a possible flying ban.

Those added to the list of "uncivilized behaviour" by Chinese tourists include two women and a man who brawled after one woman's seat was bumped during boarding of a flight from Cambodia to the western city of Chengdu.

The three were forcibly removed from the plane under captain's orders and the flight was delayed for one hour, the China National Tourism Administration said.

Another man was listed after he was arrested in Japan for assaulting a convenience store clerk whom he accused of disrespecting his wife. The last was a woman who attacked her tour guide with hot tea after learning the price of her son's ticket to a western China scenic site was not included in the package.

Their names and a description of their alleged misbehaviour were entered onto the administration's list and will remain there for one to three years.

Over that period, they can be refused service by travel agents, airlines, hotels and scenic sites.

In a further step, the administration said it was working with major Chinese airlines on "enacting definite restrictive measures" against those on the list, which includes 16 names.

The government has grown concerned about the negative impact on China's image stemming from many incidents of bad behaviour by Chinese tourists at home and abroad, ranging from fighting with aircrew to defacing cultural artifacts.

Social media platforms have spread descriptions and video clips of the incidents, prompting widespread derision among the public and occasional online campaigns to identify the perpetrators.

Rising incomes, relaxed regulations and cheap flights have permitted record numbers of Chinese to travel in recent years. Among other frequent complaints are line-cutting, smoking where it is banned, littering and fouling public toilets.

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