China's Rules for Tourists: Please Flush, No Spitting

Also don't pick your nose in public, says the Guidebook for Civilized Tourism
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 6, 2013 4:48 PM CDT
China's Rules for Tourists: Please Flush, No Spitting
Mainland Chinese tourists visit Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul, South Korea Thursday, April 18, 2013.   (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

China's latest legislative wonder is calling for citizens to please flush, and refrain from spitting. It's all part of a 64-page Guidebook for Civilized Tourism, part of a new tourism law, that seeks to crack down on rowdy Chinese abroad to clean up China's image, CNN reports. After a Chinese teen drew on a sculpture in Egypt earlier this year, the guide tells tourists "do not scribble on, climb on, or touch" historical relics, but there's also helpful tidbits such as don't pick your nose in public, pee in swimming pools, or take more than you can eat at buffets, the National Post reports.

There's also country-specific rules in the etiquette manual—complete with cartoons of poorly behaved, apparently non-Chinese tourists, the NP points out—such as "in Iran, do not talk about babies' eyes," while in Spain, "ladies should wear earrings when going out. Otherwise, it is the same as going out naked." But while the rules for the world's top tourism spenders may seem all in good fun, these are no mere suggestions, CNN notes; tour guides and agencies that break the laws can face fines up to $49,000. Click for more of China's National Tourism Administration rules. (Read more China stories.)

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