The 11 Strangest Chinese Rules For “Civilized” Tourist Behavior

Including “do not talk about babies’ eyes” in Iran.

China’s National Tourism Administration recently released a 64-page guidebook that aims to project a “good image of Chinese tourists.” The social pointers ranged from the please-and-thank-you’s to the very bizarre. Here are some of the very bizarre.

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1. “Don’t dry your handkerchief and underwear on the lampshade.”

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2. “Do not leave footprints on the toilet seats, and flush after use.”

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3. “If a performer slips on stage, be understanding but do not cheer, whistle and jeer.”

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4. “Keep nose hairs neatly trimmed.”

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5. “Do not force others to take a picture with you.”

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6. “Wherever you dive in the ocean, don’t catch and take away any marine life.”

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7. “Leave life jackets under your seat.” (AKA do not steal them.)

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”..if a dangerous situation arises then someone else will not have a life jacket.”

8. Specifically in Italy: “Do not give someone a handkerchief.”

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Because “it is considered an omen for wiping tears when you lose someone.”

9. Specifically in Korea: “Face sideways when drinking alcoholic beverages.”

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10. Specifically in Spain: “Women in Spain should wear earrings in public—or else be considered effectively naked.”

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11. Specifically in Germany: “Snap fingers to beckon dogs, not humans.”

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