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East Goes West

In the life of a Chinese tourist, guides play an especially prominent role—translator, raconteur, and field marshal—and Li projected a calm, seasoned air. He often referred to himself in the third person—Guide Li—and he prided himself on efficiency. Everyone, our watches should be synchronized, he said. It is now 7:16 P.M. He implored us to be five minutes early for every departure. We flew all the way here, he said. Let’s make the most of it.

We might think you could just make a fake card or manipulate the records—no big deal, Li said. But, if you get caught, the fine starts at eighty-eight hundred euros, and they take away your license! That’s the way Europe is. On the surface, it appears to rely on everyone’s self-discipline, but behind it all there are strict laws.

In Europe, he warned, tactfully, Throughout our trip, breakfast will rarely be more than bread, cold ham, milk, and coffee. The bus was silent for a moment.

some of his older travellers used to have a habit of hiding cash in the toilet tank or the ventilation ducts. The worst case I’ve had was a guest who sewed money into the hem of the curtains,

At a Malaysian casino hotel in 2005, some three hundred Chinese visitors were issued special meal coupons bearing cartoon pig faces. The hotel said that the illustrations were simply to differentiate Chinese guests from Muslims, who don’t eat pork, but the offended Chinese tourists staged a sit-in, singing the national anthem.

Handy and Karen kept an eye on every cent. Within a few days, they could tell me exactly how much we’d spent on each bottle of water in five countries.

On average, a Chinese tourist buys more than a thousand dollars’ worth of tax-free stuff abroad—more luxury bags, watches, and designer clothes than any other nationality, including the Japanese, according to Global Blue, the tax-free-shopping refund service. Chinese tourists abroad spend nearly twice as much on shopping as they do on hotel rooms. Several in our group told me how sorry they were that we weren’t stopping at a place called Aotelaise. The name baffled me. Someone explained that it’s a new Chinese word: outlets.

I didn’t sense overwhelming sympathy. The Chinese have been the world’s most abundant migrants, but these days many believe that they have better job prospects at home than abroad.

He was a sanitation specialist by training, and he couldn’t help but notice Milan’s abundant graffiti and overstuffed trash bins. As Li had explained it, The government wants to clean, but it doesn’t have enough money. Handy tried to be polite, but he said, If it was like this in Shanghai, old folks would be calling us all afternoon to complain.

I was struck that, for all his travels, Zhu saw an enduring philosophical divide between China and the West: two different ways of thinking, as he put it. We will use their tools and learn their methods. But, fundamentally, China will always maintain its own way, he said.
europe  china  tourist  story  youth  gaijin  reportage  travel  shopping  thinking  anecdote  world  work  stereotype  tourism 
august 2017 by aries1988
Inside the World’s Largest Walnut Forest - Roads & Kingdoms
As you enter the forest, the smell of wood and coal fires near the village gives way to an earthy richness, as the muddy ebony paths crisscross over and around undulating hills. Tire tracks from Lada Niva cars— the tank-like 4x4s ubiquitous across former Soviet states—mingle with horse and donkey hooves, churning the cloying mud into an even thicker mess, greatly slowing attempts to walk.
stans  forest  middle-asia  village  urss  myth  Tourism 
july 2017 by aries1988
Oman espère créer 40 000 emplois dans le secteur du tourisme d’ici 2020 - RFI
Le sultanat d'Oman est une destination touristique de plus en plus appréciée. Pour mieux accueillir les visiteurs é...
tourism  middle-east 
june 2017 by aries1988
日本为何没有抵制大陆游客运动 日经中文网
這種傳統在日本進入商業社會以後,作為一種商業美學保存了下來,商業上的「款待之心」的靈魂,就是站在對方的立場上,使對方喜悅,同時對方的喜悅之光返照在款待者的心中,款待者本身也充滿了喜悅。它要求款待者對被款待對象的願望能及時察覺,以提供最完美的款待與服務,它是 「款待之美」的形成、磨練與完成的過程,是一種至高的行為藝術,一舉一動,莫不中矩合節,正像莊子筆下的庖丁解牛--「合於《桑林》之舞,乃中《經首》之會」。

這種美學只在被款待者滿意的目光中昇華,而絕不以回報為前提,是款待者與被款待的對象共同完成一種美的享受。飯店裏穿著優美的和服進行跪式服務的服務生深諳「款待之心」的傳統;溫泉中的綠水紅楓凝結著「款待之心」的神髓;廚師刀下如花如畫的生魚片揮灑著「款待之心」音節,這種傳統滲透到所有領域特別是商業的領域中,因此從事服務業的日本人基本不會對客人「看人下菜碟」,因為這不符合他們「款待之心」的美學傳統。
culture  japanese  explained  comparison  tourism 
february 2016 by aries1988
Paris Museums and Nightclubs Show Signs of Recovery After Attacks
The coordinated assaults — aimed at cafes and restaurants, a concert hall and a sports stadium — struck at the heart of a city famed for its night life, where the cancan first appeared, where Toulouse-Lautrec painted the demimonde, and where Hemingway and his Lost Generation debated literature on terraces.
paris  culture  tourism  terrorism 
january 2016 by aries1988
A dragon’s eye view: hot-air ballooning in Bhutan - FT.com

From the outside, it resembles two Bhutanese farmhouses connected by a low barn. Inside, however, floor-to-ceiling windows offer sublime views of the cloud-wreathed valley below. The wood and stone is local, but the wood-burning stoves that heat each room come from Switzerland, the fancy bathtubs from the UK, and the fabrics from Australia — all shipped to Kolkata and trucked overland, along with the $100,000 balloon, which was made in Bristol, southwest England.

Save for a single rifle shooter, Bhutan has sent only archers to the Olympics, but has never won a medal because Olympic targets are only half that distance.

Doorways have raised thresholds to stop the stiff-limbed dead from entering.

Its many festivals and masked dances are still staged primarily for locals, and have not morphed into commercial shows for foreigners. Buddhism still dominates Bhutan’s way of life, and its people still seem driven more by their legendary pursuit of happiness than money.

As befits a country known as Druk Yul, or Land of the Thunder Dragon, the balloon is emblazoned with huge golden dragons, and the occasional blasts of flame from its gas cylinders resemble nothing so much as a dragon’s fiery breath.
asia  travel  air  himalayas  tradition  tourism 
may 2015 by aries1988
China’s motorways: Get your kicks on Route G6 | The Economist
http://article.yeeyan.org/view/358896/342559
It is a slow toil through much of Inner Mongolia, as Zheng Jie found when she drove along the G6 with her husband and father on their way back from Tibet in October. Ms Zheng, who runs a headhunting firm in Beijing, laments what she calls a “blank space” of road-themed music to accompany China’s fast-developing car culture. There is no equivalent yet of Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again” to get drivers in the mood (she and her passengers spent much of their journey listening to syrupy new-age music). There is sadly little relief on the G6 in the form of what might be called highway haiku: garbled English translations on motorway signs that in their highest form have a poetic quality matching the rhythm of the road. Only one example worthy of the description offers itself (albeit hypnotically repeated) on the G6 Tibet-bound Rain or snowy day Bridge, slow driving
Tibet  report  music  driving  tourism 
december 2012 by aries1988

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