In recent years there have been numerous incidents involving Chinese tourists that have cast the nation’s people in a less than flattering light, such as when a young Chinese visitor to the Luxor Temple in Egypt carved a message into a relief that dates back three millennia.

A few years and incidents of pooping on airplanes and trains later, we had the case of three Chinese visitors to Japan who were arrested for sexual assault because, they maintained, adult videos led them to think that such behavior was considered normal in Japan.

At first the Chinese government tried to address these issues with a poster to educate potential travelers on how other countries people might react to certain behaviors. However, now the China National Tourism Administration (NTA) is upping the stakes and establishing a blacklist of tourists found to be disturbing the peace, and recording their names publicly.

The blacklist was put into action on 7 April in anticipation of the May Day (1 May) holidays. According to the NTA tourists would be at risk of entering the blacklist for “acting antisocially on public transport, damaging private or public property, disrespecting local customs, sabotaging historical exhibits or engaging in gambling or pornographic activities”

The first two names on the list are Zhang Yan and Wang Sheng, who verbally abused and threw cup noodles containing hot water at a flight attendant before threatening to blow up the AirAsia flight from Thailand to China in December of last year. The third is Zhou Yue who tried to open the emergency door on a domestic flight on 10 January. These three will be blacklisted until 23 March, 2017.

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The list will be managed by both the national and provincial tourism administrations and will notify those blacklisted as well as offer ways to correct their inappropriate behavior. NTA said the blacklist will be provided to customs officials, banks, transport authorities, and even the police. However, it is unclear if that will lead to any type of travel bans or fines.

The new regulation states that the blacklist will stand for two years after the offence, but a recent incident in Shaanxi resulted in a 10-year blacklisting. The fourth person on the list, Li Wenchun, was photographed sitting on the head of a statue of a revolutionary soldier. After the photo was posted online and went viral in China the NTA stepped in.

The plan is still in its early stages and the NTA admits that there isn’t really any form of binding punishment for those on the list aside from the public shaming. Then again that doesn’t really amount to much in a nation of over a billion people. However, the plan is to develop it over time as even more of China’s citizens get a taste for travel at home and abroad.

Source: China National Tourism Administration 1, 2 (Chinese) 3 (English), (Chinese) (English) Yahoo! Japan News (Japanese)
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