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On the Cusp of Cuspidor-Free Living
China's really making some interesting advances recently. We already know about their industry in artificial limbs for kangaroos, and now we've learned that their latest campaign involves teaching their own people not to spit while traveling.
Apparently somewhere in the Chinese government is a Spiritual Civilisation Steering Committee (we like to call it the Double-SC ourselves) and they're running a "Campaign to Promote Civilised Chinese Travelers". Years of non-access to travel has left the new rich Chinese tourists unaware of much foreign etiquette, and the Double-SC wants the more than 30 million Chinese who travel abroad each year to follow a few simple rules.
To wit: Don't spit, don't litter, don't take your shoes off on an airplane, do wash your hands before you eat, don't scream into your mobile phone, don't clear your throat loudly, do stand in a line properly, and finally, do not squat and smoke simultaneously. Phew. We admit to feeling a little queasy when we see anyone doing too much spitting, but all these rules to think about might start to take the fun out of traveling. Better off staying at home with the three-legged kangaroos.
[Image via byanthui/Flickr]
Correcting the Spitting Image [Reuters]
Mind Your P's [Times Online]
China Develops Human-Kangaroo Hybrids [Jaunted]