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Could YOU be a CCP Official?

Posted by MyLaowai on Monday, July 27, 2009

The recent examinations are over, and now three quarters of a million young men and women are anxiously waiting to hear whether they have been accepted for this years intake into the Chinese Imperial Service.

It’s a big deal: no other position on Earth offers the same opportunities for graft and corruption, no other nation in history has endowed it’s officials with such vast powers over the lives of mere mortals, and no other job in existence is as financially rewarding for what amounts to virtually no work whatsoever. Imagine it – all you have to do is lick the brown star of your superiors and hail the red star of your Party, and in return the world is the mollusc of your choice, the masses forced to cater to your every whim for the rest of their worthless and miserable lives. It’s really no wonder the competition is so tough.

But not everybody is cut out to be a Chinese Communist Party Official. The slightest hint of moral compunction, for instance, would rule you out on the spot, thus denying any foreigner the opportunity. And many Chinese, for whom morality is a alien concept, are still disqualified by the fact that they do not have the right connections. In China, it isn’t who you know, it’s who you blow.

So, do YOU have the right stuff? Do YOU have what it takes to be an Official of the Empire? Take this simple test to find out…

Could YOU be a CCP Official?

1. A coal mine that you privately own suffers a collapse, burying nearly six hundred miners. Many are believed to still be alive, trapped in a small air pocket. What do you do?

a. Mobilise every man, woman and child! We must save every miner! When we have time, conduct an intensive and exhaustive review on mine safety, and get me a pick axe – I’m going in myself!

b. Mobilise every man, woman and child! I don’t really know what for, but it will look good if my superiors find out about this disaster!

Mobilise every man, woman and child! Every moment that pit stays closed I lose money! Bring slave labour from the nearest camp to help with the effort, and have these pesky reporters taken out back and shot!


2. A recent audit has found evidence of serious irregularities in your county books. What do you do?

a. We must get to the bottom of this. Inform the Police and the Prosecutor, and begin your own investigations.

b. We must get to the bottom of this. Inform the Police and the Prosecutor, and decide quickly which of your underlings you must sacrifice.

c. We must get to the bottom of this. Inform the Police and the Prosecutor, and decide quickly which of your underlings you must sacrifice. If any have beautiful wives, this could also be the perfect opportunity to force them into having sex with you, for the sake of their husband and children.


3. A real estate development in your district has suffered a building collapse. It’s going to be hard to hide the fact, as photos are all over the internet and the international media has picked up the story. What do you say?

a. “This is indeed a tragedy. I am saddened by the terrible loss of life, and I promise an independent investigation at once.”

b. “This is indeed a tragedy. I stood to make a large profit on that development, and now it appears as though the project will have to be put on hold, at least until such time as we can find more workers.”

c. “This is indeed a tragedy. Foreign forces and splittist elements have conspired to hurt the feeling of the Chinese people. Dalai and Rebiya Kadeer will not succeed against the historical facts. Harmonious nature is our Chinese way and China has always been a peaceful country since ancient times. Also, I stood to make a large profit on that development, and now it appears as though the project will have to be put on hold, at least until such time as we can find more workers.”


4. Central Government is demanding steel production be set to double within the year, most of the increase coming through backyard steel furnaces. What do you do?

a. We must serve the people! Hire foreign experts and invest in new technology in order to meet our quota.

b. We must serve the people! The masses should mobilise to work as hard as possible, in order to produce as much steel as possible, before the rice harvest is due.

b. We must serve the people! Huge efforts on the part of peasants and other workers must be made to produce steel out of scrap metal. To fuel the furnaces the local environment must be denuded of trees and wood taken from the doors and furniture of peasants’ houses. Pots, pans, and other metal items must be requisitioned to supply the scrap for the furnaces, so that the wildly optimistic production targets can be met. Farmers and workers at factories, schools and even hospitals will be diverted to help.


5. At a Press Conference, you are asked about internet censorship. This is a tricky one – how do you respond?

a. “The Internet must be safe for our young people. I support a program of educating parents and the young, and trust that the people themselves will be wise enough to know what is right for them.”

b. “The Internet must be safe for our young people. Development and administration of Internet culture must stick to the direction of socialist advanced culture, adhere to correct propaganda guidance, and Internet cultural units must conscientiously take on the responsibility of encouraging development of a system of core socialist values.”

c. “The Internet must be safe for our young people. International claims that our country tramples Internet and media freedoms stem from a cultural misunderstanding of the role the press plays in Chinese society, where news media must work with the government. Chinese websites offer probably the freest forum for opinion in the world. Web sites should only republish information from the Xinhua News Agency, and should not open forums, blogs and interactive columns to discuss this.”


How did you score?

Mostly a’s. I hope you like coal, you’ll be digging plenty of it! You are a soft and weak! Bloody and damn! Send you to Laogai at once!

Mostly b’s. I hope you like rice, you’re going to the countryside to learn correct Socialist Values! You’re getting there, young grasshopper, but you are not a Jedi yet.

Mostly c’s. I hope you like power, for you are ready to abuse it! Serve the Party, screw the people, eh comrade?

Posted in Ask MyLaowai, China | 13 Comments »

A Valuable Lesson

Posted by MyLaowai on Monday, July 27, 2009

If you are a student on your summer break, and you are currently nursing a bruised rib or two, then it is entirely possible that you are the young man who today learned a valuable lesson.

That lesson, of course, is that a scummy peasant ought not shout abuse at a laowai, particularly when said laowai is standing within striking distance

Posted in China | 19 Comments »

Corruption? Bribery? Judicial Independance?

Posted by MyLaowai on Friday, July 24, 2009

The Chinese Communist Party, under the leadership of Chairman Hu Jintao, is warning Australia to keep out of China’s ‘internal affairs’ in the case of the Rio Tinto employess who are being held hostage for political reasons. China Daily, the Party mouthpiece, has had the following headlines recently:

Australia urged to treat Rio Tinto spy case ‘properly’

China urges Australia to respect judicial sovereignty

Australia urged to respect judicial sovereignty in Rio case

It seems the Chinese take a dim view of bribery and corruption, and want to be seen to be taking a hard stance. Strange, therefore, that all news of the Nuctech case is being blocked.

Wait, Nuctech? What’s that?

Chinese Govt. mum on $3.7 million fraud
THE Chinese Embassy has declined to comment on the $3.7 million X-Ray equipment fraud involving Chinese manufacturer Nuctech Company, despite the fact that it is headed by Hu Haifeng, the 38-year old son of Chinese President Hu Jintao.

The official spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in Windhoek, who preferred to be named only as Mr. Yang told [the press] that the embassy was not prepared to say more than: “We will take the necessary steps.”

The charges are connected to a contract for the supply of security scanners to the Ministry of Finance. It was awarded to a Chinese company, Nuctech Company, and was marred by alleged corruption and the payment of kickbacks to the tune of as much as a third of the contract price of some $3.7 million.

Search engines in China, including Google Inc.’s local site, are blocking news on a graft case in Namibia involving a company once headed by the son of President Hu Jintao.

Hu Haifeng is the former president of Beijing-based Nuctech Co., a maker of security scanners involved in a corruption probe in Namibia.  Investigators want to talk to him to get information about the company.

A search on Google’s Chinese Web site using the characters for “Hu Haifeng” and “Namibia” results in the following message in Chinese: “The search results may involve material that may not be in accordance with relevant laws and regulations, unable to display.”

The restrictions show the extent to which the government is working to contain news of the case, which may embarrass President Hu as he cracks down on official corruption. A Beijing court this month gave a suspended death sentence for bribery to Chen Tonghai, former chairman of China Petroleum & Chemical Corp., Asia’s largest refiner.

“Google’s operations in all countries worldwide must comply with local laws, regulations and policies,” said Marsha Wang, a Beijing-based spokeswoman for the company. Because of that, “some search results are not shown.”

MyLaowai calls on the Chinese Government to treat the Nuctech case properly, and to respect Namibia’s judicial independance. Oh yeah, and hand over Hu Jintao’s grubby-fingered boy at once.

Corruption in the Hu family? Like father, like son…

Posted in Censorship, China, ChinaDaily, Corruption, Human Rights, Media | 15 Comments »

Sold to the Chinese!

Posted by MyLaowai on Thursday, July 23, 2009

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The Onion: America’s Finest News Source And Salvage Fishery

Posted in Media, Newsflash | 9 Comments »

They ARE all trying to kill me!

Posted by MyLaowai on Sunday, July 19, 2009


I must terribly apologize to you, the valued reader of our insane, twisted rants about complete untruths. I have been… occupied… with dealing with the complete bullshit political sensibilities of this stone-age wonderful country.

Today’s short missive has been on the back-burner so long it is now as black and charcoaled as the average house in Jining, Shandong (nice power station there). This is approximately as black and charcoaled as what a pork BBQ stick should be in order for the N1H1 to be completely eradicated.

This article began life as a semi-gelling idea as the summer heat reduced the amount of protective clothing I can possibly bear to wear to the point that there is little left between me and potential tarmac sliding in terms of the area of the potential scrapage and the number of truly foreign objects that will end up embedded in my epidermal layers.

Oh – I ride a motor scooter… should I mention that now? If you’re an adrenaline junkie with suicidal tendencies like myself, it’s fun. Here you can have more dangerous near misses in any given 10 minutes at a mere 40Kph than you could possibly achieve at 300Kph back in my home country.

Anyway, one evening I was being tightly clutched between the sweaty thighs of a friend, MyArse (hmmm, let’s just say I am not good at yoga). We were on our way back from the pub perched astride the latest in biodegradable bike technology that was indeed losing Quality Parts and Manufracturing, in accordance with the laws of chemistry, physics and Chinese Quality Assessment certificates.

MyArse had been elaborating at some length, punctuated by the to-be-expected expletive-filled epithets as actual examples of the reality of driving in the city kicked in, the exact characteristics of Chinese driving that scared him the most. His immortal introduction to his verbal tirade, “It’s simple mate, they ARE all trying to kill me!“, is a most fitting title for this article.

Learning to drive in this country is like learning to breathe water. The local Chinese just aren’t built to queue orderly or understand the concept ‘wait’ – and our lungs aren’t built to breathe water. So it’s not that it fails – the resultant traffic chowder is so thick that unsafe speeds are difficult to achieve. It just gets… rearranged… to have more Chinese Characteristics.

My most hated aspect is one that is always present even in the dead of night with no traffic around; the condition of the roads. You never know when an 8” deep pothole, ditch, crack, pole, cable will suddenly loom in front of you. Lighting is optional in the streets, further complicating the matter. However, during the day you have the ever-present sand/dust/fallout storms to flail your eyeballs in a National Triumph for Progress display of fevered nationalistic pride. I should open a cornea buffing service… 30 minutes of rocketing around the city with your eyes propped open by matchsticks, for a bargain basement price of a mere 3,000 RMB.

The next is also omnipresent – the end result of the “Where should I park this?” game played on every flattish surface near you. Drivers exercise the right to park as close to the door as possible. This leads to the concept of multi-use roads, with donkeys, people, bikes, motorbikes, dogs, cats, taxis, buses, trucks, tractors, trikes and pushcarts all intent on occupying the same place at the same time as the footpath is either covered with parked vehicles or with vendors – the latter being far worse because they have a crowd aimlessly milling around them constantly like flies to shit. VERY much like…

However, there is also the Chinese Blind Spot. This is approximately the same area as their visual span. Utilizing the well-known tactic of “If I don’t look at it and I blow the horn enough I can drive where-ever I like” and only braking when ABSOLUTELY necessary, our Cultured Friends gleefully throw themselves into the game of “I don’t care what the lights say, I entered this intersection before you NOW TRY AND REMOVE ME, SUCKER!” Gridlock is not only inevitable, but they are forced to station multiple Traffic Police in the daily failed intersections to attempt to reduce the blockages. The Police get marginally more attention than the lights or signs, but even that marginal amount is usually enough to prevent terminal clotting – at that junction. The problem now just proceeds to the next available push-and-shove zone – err, intersection.

The side-effect of this phenomena is that acceleration is the key to getting anywhere quickly. When the lights change, the first person into the intersection gets to set the traffic pattern, usually of most interest to those wishing to get a quick left turn in before the oncoming traffic holds them up for a minute or so. However, should you get both sides using the “accelerate with your eyes closed” technique, you are headed for trouble – well, a collision anyway. However, as all drivers wish to conserve their engines, they change up through the gears as quickly as possible, thereby completely cutting down on their potential acceleration and making such accidents collisions a minor detail. The most worrying part is the drivers leaving their cars in situ so they can argue with the police about who should pay whom. This of course blocks the whole intersection in all directions, and turns that section of the city into a horn-sounding competition as everyone attempts to elbow past the mess.

[Note from Editor: recent research has discovered that, like bats and dolphins, Chinese navigate using sonar. This is why they must constantly emit noise of some description, be it car horn, bicycle bell, whistle, or yip-yap shouts. It also explains why they never use their eyes.]

What is more worrying about this closed-eye phenomena is the guaranteed surprise arrival of vehicles from concealed driveways and impromptu parking zones. So the only means of survival is to maintain a constant full 360 surveillance and finely tune your psychic powers. If the latter is not available, prayer MIGHT help. And God help you should pass an educational facility at any time approaching a drop-off/pick-up time. Call in the  tanks – nothing else will come close to unclogging that mess as parents elbow their way to the closest position to the gate, and then exit their vehicle to repeat the process in the flesh. It is only exceeded by that one time in the Big Red Square when the KFC van overturned, students raced in to grab what they could, and then decided to wait to see if it would happen again.

Despite all of this, there is still another aspect that utterly amazes me. I thought that I was sufficiently numbed to the wonders and delights of this ancient culture, but today even I am scarcely able to contain my outrage ecstasy when a taxi driver executes the “Fuck Me” manoeuvre. This is quite easy to learn, and has a few minor variants. The garden variety involves speeding past a bike rider, then suddenly swerving directly in front of them and slamming on the brakes in order to allow the bike to forcibly enter the vehicle from the rear – thus the name “Fuck Me”. Of course, the bike rider should also scream “Fuck Me!” to indicate they understand the successful negotiation of the trick. The minor variant is used for turning into a road or driveway just ahead of the bike, with the slight change being the bike enters the vehicle from the side, giving the rider a huge T-boner.

Of course, I would be derelict in my duties if I forgot to mention the joy of inhaling the exhausted delights of our friendly neighbourhood buses. Not that this is an issue after 9pm, this city figures if you can afford to be out after that time you can damn well afford to line the pockets of your local mercenary drunkard taxi driver. Go to Singapore sometime, there the government refuses to allow dirty diesel to be sold, the oil companies have to spend a few more cents cleaning it up. Bus exhausts there are like a sweet breath of perfume by comparison.

Night-time presents its own special danger, the deadliest of all: the brake-less truck. It is not like the truck doesn’t HAVE brakes, it is merely that if the driver was to employ them it would cost him 2 jiao in brake lining wear and diesel to get up to unsafe terminal velocities again. Let alone, he can probably squeeze one more return trip in each night if he sails through every red light. You can tell the new drivers, when they approach an intersection they at least blow their horn a few times. The more experienced ones have learned that this costs them an extra jiao each night in wasted fuel, and avoid doing this in order to suck every fen they can into their baijiu and xiaojie fund.

The rest of the issues are quite minor: indicators are only used by wedding parties in warning light mode, horns are a sonic broom and side-swipes are a simple elbowing past someone. Parking is a very approximate thing, we all know it is far easier and quicker to just stop in the middle of the road and leave your car there, rather than actually attempt to position yourself as close to the curb as possible. Actually, the few people who do attempt the reverse park are a source of much amusement as they gently rock their vehicle back and forth over the same track, because they haven’t actually figured out how this manoeuvre works.

So, MyArse and I had by now negotiated our way past lorries parked across the footpath and extending out into the road, treacherously deep man-hole covers, numerous attempted sideswipes and the odd pushcart or 1,000. We had mounted and dismounted sidewalks, bike parking lanes, freeways, byways and sellways. We had dutifully ignored all traffic signs and other users of our shared thoroughfares other than the mandatory cursing. We had shed several square meters of decomposing fairing along the way and filled the streets with expired cigarette butts. In short, we’d survived another adrenaline pumping plummet through Hell and were physically none the worse for wear, excepting the eyeballs and respiratory tract. We felt half-Chinese.

But we shook that nasty feeling off quickly.

– DaBizzare

Posted in Guest Post, Rules of the Road | 11 Comments »

The Masque of Augurs and the Two Dancing Bears

Posted by MyLaowai on Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Some say that the Chinese Olympic Swimming Team has taken to wearing executioner masks,
in order to remind themselves of the penalty for failure.

Others say that the legendary Chinese fear of sunlight is now out of control on the beaches of the nation,
and that vampires and were-beasts have begun roaming the Land openly.

All we know, is that this photo was taken in Qingdao.


[Camel Toes An Optional Extra.]

Posted in China, Olympics, You're Joking? | 60 Comments »

How To Influence People Without Winning Friends

Posted by MyLaowai on Thursday, July 9, 2009

There’s this big company – let’s call it Company R – that produces a product a certain country needs to build things, including weapons and military infrastructure. Other companies also produce the product, but Company R is one of the biggest and the best.

Due to a temporary fall in the share price of Company R, the ‘Government’ of this country quietly puts up the cash for a domestic competitor to buy a large, controlling, stake in Company R. However, the domestic competitor and the ‘Government’ take months arguing and complaining and trying to squeeze Company R for every concession they can get.

Eventually, the share price of Company R increases back to the point at which it makes no commercial sense to go forward with the deal, and Company R’s investors call the whole thing off. They do, however, pay the foreign competitor (and thus the foreign ‘Government’) a very generous sum of cash in order to soften the blow.

Company R subsequently announces a 33% price cut in it’s products for the markets in Japan, South Korea, and the un-named country mentioned above.

The so-called ‘industry’ of the above-mentioned country, which is in reality the so-called ‘Government’, refuses to pay the same amount that Japanese and South Koreans pay, claiming that they deserve a better price. Why this should be is not clarified.

Company R sends it’s negotiating team to a major city in the foreign country, in order to straighten things out. They offer a generous compromise, setting the contract duration at just half of what Japanese and South Korean customers must commit to, and offering as well to sell their product at the daily rate set by the markets – whichever is cheaper.

The self-proclaimed ‘Government’ of the afore-mentioned country then sends in the security forces to kick down the door, arrest the negotiating team, ransack their local office, steal their computers and sensitive commercial data, and pack the victims – who are now hostages – off to a remote prison cell.
This is a perfect example of why it does not pay to negotiate with terrorists.

Posted in China, Human Rights | 16 Comments »

A Bit Of Perspective, Please?

Posted by MyLaowai on Wednesday, July 8, 2009

On the 1st of September 1939, the Nazi’s invaded and subsequently annexed Poland. In April 1940 the Nazi’s were at it again, invading Denmark and Norway. In May, France and the Low Countries were invaded.

In each case, the Nazi’s were successful, defeating their victims and then launching crackdowns and pogroms that eventually led to the deaths of millions.

The Free World went to war on behalf of the victims of Nazi oppression, and supported materially the various resistance groups who were fighting the Nazi scourge from within. It was not an easy thing to do, but it was the right thing to do, and the end result was that the Nazi’s were defeated, the peoples they had subjugated were liberated, and the world was made a better place.

It’s a terrible story with a happy ending, but here’s another, similar, story for you to consider:

In 1949 the Chinese Communist Party seized power from the legal government of China, and the dictator Mao Zedong immediately ordered the invasion and subsequent annexation of China’s culturally superior but militarily weak neighbours East Turkestan (or what later came to be known as Xinjiang, meaning New Frontier) and Mongolia. The following year, the Red Army was at it again, invading Tibet, and carving it up into several provinces, each of which was to become a part of New China.

In each case, the Communists were successful, defeating their victims and then launching crackdowns and pogroms that eventually led to the deaths of millions.

The Free World, tired from WWII and busy fighting to keep the Chinese from over-running and occupying the Korean Peninsula, did nothing.

And thus it was that the various resistance groups fighting the CCP scourge received little or no support and the peoples of these occupied nations were never freed from the tyranny of Communist Occupation.

There’s been a lot of talk in the media recently about how violence is bad and how all sides should be nice to one another and about how innocent people are being hurt. But here’s a thought for you: How would you feel if your nation had been invaded by brutal, murderous thugs? How would you feel if your new colonial masters set about systematically destroying your livelihood, banning you from practising your religion, taking apart your temples and churches, imprisoning your political and spiritual leaders, conducting mass sterilisations of your womenfolk, flooding your country with settlers, banning you from speaking your language and denying work to you if you tried? How would you feel if your nation’s ancient cities were bulldozed to make way for concrete accommodation blocks for the new settlers, while you were relegated to the countryside? How would you feel if, instead of this occupation lasting a mere six years, as it did in Nazi Europe, it had lasted sixty years and there was still no end in sight, and no sign at all of anything getting any better?

Would it be fair to say that you would continue turning the other cheek, and simply accept it? Or would it perhaps be more accurate to suggest that you might feel that you were entitled to strike back?

I challenge you to name a single example in human history, where an occupied nation was freed without the use of force of some kind.

These ‘rioters’ are nothing of the sort. They are freedom fighters, and they are heroes. And we in the Free World have let them down, badly. I for one applaud their bravery, their courage, and their spirit, and though I do not see how they can win freedom by this or indeed any course of action at all, I admire them for trying. It is, after all, better to die standing than to live on your knees, at least according to Emiliano Zapata.

Please feel free to disagree with me on this. But don’t bother bleating your whiney platitudes here, unless you actually have some experience of having seen your family, your culture, and your nation subjugated by a brutal totalitarian regime. For all you pink-spectacled tossers, why not go somewhere else where you can wring your hands about the wrong group of people being democratically elected in Iran?

If you are Han and wish to make a complaint, please write to GloriousMotherland@Lies4U.com

Posted in Annexed Territories, China, Human Rights, Media | 47 Comments »

The 80’s

Posted by MyLaowai on Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Back when Wendy James was telling that girl to shut up, Cyndi Lauper was telling us that the Goonies were good enough, and Joan Jett hated herself for loving you, the world was a better place. Hairstyles were way better, to start with, not to mention the fact that musicians needed to do more than merely rhyme and pretend to be tough in order to be cool. Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson actually had to play their instruments in order to be the most attractive people on Earth, for instance.

The Eighties (note capitalisation) were a great time to be alive, and be damned with what the youth of today think. It was enough that Dempsey thought that life was hard and then you died, and Makepeace knew when to shoot a gun and when to just be beautiful. Neither of them had to figure out whether the workplace environment was hostile or not, and they didn’t have to sit around trying to decide whether or not it was politically correct to put a crim’s face up against the mortar and bricks. It was obvious to all.

Back in the Eighties, Captain Kirk didn’t take any crap from Khan, and Khan didn’t expect him to either. They shot it out in the Mutara Nebula like proper men. Modern day so-called heroes take note. And what’s more, the Commodore 64 was good enough for any game worth playing. Few games today are half as awesome. And its simply a fact that the Terminator, despite costing a paltry $6.5 million to make, was the hardest thing to kill. Ever. [Note: Sigourney Weaver comes a close second]

The Eighties saw the collapse of the Iron Curtain, the crumbling of the Berlin Wall, and the true liberation of tens of millions of people. It marked the moment when the ordinary people of the free world would come together and try to end hunger in the underdeveloped nations of Africa through non-governmental action. And it was the decade in which the Space Shuttle gave us dreams of space flight that ordinary people could share.

Yes indeed, the Eighties (note continued capitalisation) were the best of times. It was a time of optimism, of feeling that the world was the mollusc of your choice, of being free. It was a time when all good things seemed possible. It was a time of hope.

But it was also the decade that gave us the butchery of Tienanmen Square and the various political purges known as Anti-Bourgeois Liberalization, Anti-Corruption, Anti-Economic Crimes, Party Rectification, Anti-Spiritual Pollution, Party Rectification, Anti-Bourgeois Liberalism, Against Bourgeois Liberalism, Against Bourgeois Liberalism, and Anti-Corruption Drive. Hong Kong also became a colony of China, against the wishes of its people. The people of Hong Kong still refuse to accept it.

In summary: Compare and contrast East and West, and decide for yourself where you’d rather be.




Incidentally, if Wendy James, Cyndi Lauper, Joan Jett, or Marie Fredriksson happen to be reading this, please do be aware that I remain deeply in lust with each and every one of you. Please call me for a martini.

xxx MyLaowai.

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In the News (from Taiwan)

Posted by MyLaowai on Sunday, July 5, 2009

Who could have predicted this?

Hoteliers lash out at Chinese tourists.

Taiwan’s travel industry is being forced to deal with many negative consequences — from damaged hotel equipment to delayed payments — coming from the influx of Chinese tourists, hotel operators and travel agencies said.

One year ago yesterday, Taiwan allowed the first Chinese tourist groups to enter the country on direct cross-strait flights. However, one year later, Taiwan’s hotel and tourism operators have more to complain about than to praise regarding their guests from across the Strait.

Although Chinese tourists did increase occupancy at hotels and boarding houses, they have also caused a lot of trouble, hotel and boarding house operators said at a meeting with Taipei County Tourism and Travel Bureau Director Chin Huei-chu (秦慧珠) earlier this week.

One hotel operator in Taipei County said that after his hotel stopped providing ashtrays following the January ban on smoking indoors, Chinese tourists began smoking in their rooms and putting their cigarettes out on the carpet and wooden tables, or use its bathroom cups as ashtrays.

Another hotel operator said that although his hotel provides ironing boards in the rooms, Chinese tourists often iron their clothes directly on the floor, burning the carpets.

He said that he had even found a missing alarm clock in the electric water boiler in the room one time after guests from China left.

Other hotel operators said that while it was not news that guests often steal towels and slippers, they still found it quite shocking that Chinese tourists would take shoe brushes, shoe horns, hangers and even closet door knobs away.

Hotel and tourism operators said that some of the other complaints they often receive about Chinese tourists include littering, walking around wearing only underwear in public areas and spitting.

Chin said that hotel operators could ask Chinese tourists to leave a deposit when they check in. However, representatives from the Tourism Bureau and travel agencies were opposed to it, saying there was no legal basis for requiring deposits and that it may make Chinese tourists feel that they are targets of discrimination.

China, on the other hand, suggested that hotels should ask travel agencies to pay for damage inflicted by their customers.

Meanwhile, travel agencies complained in a separate meeting that their partner travel agencies in China often write checks payable only after three to six months, causing them tremendous financial pressure.

Taipei Times

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