|Alona Beach on Panglau Islan|
It was of course J.R.R. Tolkien, in The Hobbit, who wrote, “It is a dangerous business going out of your front door.” The truth is that more and more Chinese people are not just going out of their front doors: they are heading overseas for their holidays each year. Should we be celebrating the adventures of these Middle Kingdom (not Middle Earth) Bilbos?
|With Echo at Bohol Bee Farm|
Since I first wrote the above post, there has been a lot of bad feeling between Sweden and China. Yes, there were some rather loud and badly-behaved Chinese tourists (surprise, surprise) at a Swedish hotel, but the incident was exaggerated and exacerbated by a satirical comedy programme on Swedish TV. Oh dear! Six of one and half a dozen of the other? So are Chinese tourists going to learn how to travel less obtrusively? And when will the rest of the world try to be a little bit more patient, given the fact that international travel is still a novelty for most Chinese people?