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Tour Guide Scolds Tourists for Not Buying Enough

A video of a Yunnan tour guide yelling at tourists on a bus has gone viral through Sina Weibo. The video, secretly recorded by one of the bus passengers, exposes how the guide explodes with anger.

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A video of a Yunnan tour guide yelling at tourists on a bus has gone viral through Sina Weibo. The video, secretly recorded by one of the passengers, shows how a female tour guide explodes with anger after the tourists did not buy as many things as she would have wanted them to. She is recorded scolding through a microphone, saying:

“Three or four people only bought a 1000 RMB [160 US dollar] bag,..you will get what you deserve. Do you even have a conscience? If you really don’t have any morals, then karma will come and get you…if you only buy a 1000 dollar bag, then what did you come here for in the first place!?”

The video was recorded on May 1st and first went viral through Weixin before it became a trending topic on Weibo. May 1st is a public holiday in China, and a peek time for travel. The southwestern Chinese province of Yunnan is a popular tourist destination.

The tour guide scolds the passengers for nearly five minutes, saying: “I’ve invested four days, I have parents and children. If you don’t spend money, don’t you question your own morals?” She even goes on to threaten the passengers by saying: “If you don’t spend at least 3000 to 4000 dollars, your return trip will be cancelled.” According to this report by ChinaNews, the tour stopped at several outlets during the trips, amongst them a pearl and jade shop.

Tour guides pressuring tourists into purchasing goods has been a recurring problem in Yunnan. Since 2013, the Yunnan Tourism Board has therefore implemented the “15 rules” (“十五不准”) that prohibit tour guides and tour companies from pressuring travelers to purchase goods in any way. Although it is officially illegal, tour guides still pressure tourists into spending more money so they can profit from it. On Weibo, some netizens say they have experienced tour guides like this: “Never again will I go on a group tour,” one commenter says: “These guides are very good at brainwashing.”

The tourist office board of Kunming has declared that it is currently investigating this case.

 

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Manya Koetse is the editor-in-chief of www.whatsonweibo.com. She is a writer and consultant (Sinologist, MPhil) on social trends in China, with a focus on social media and digital developments, popular culture, and gender issues. Contact at manya@whatsonweibo.com, or follow on Twitter.

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    June 21, 2018 at 5:16 am

    Stupid tourist…should just stay home and sit on their money and let it rot under them.

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Oil Tanker Truck Explosion Sends Shock Waves through Wenling, Zhejiang

A major oil tanker explosion has left over a hundred people injured and at least ten dead in Wenling, Zhejiang.

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On June 13, the explosion of an oil tanker truck has caused chaos in the city of Wenling in China’s Zhejiang province, leaving at least 112 127 people injured and nine 10 people dead.

The explosion took place in the afternoon at approximately 16:40 near the exit of the G15 Shenhai highway, causing a loud bang and wrecking some homes in the vicinity.

The hashtag “Zhejiang Wenling Tanker Wagon Explosion” (#浙江温岭槽罐车爆炸#) and other related hashtags (#浙江温岭一油罐车爆炸#) are attracting millions of views on social media site Weibo on Saturday evening (local time), with Chinese media and netizens sharing the footage of the damage caused by the explosion.

“My god, this is so scary,” a typical comment on Weibo says, with many people expressing their shock over the major incident.

Emergency and rescue workers are currently still at the scene to assist victims and clear away the wreckage caused by the explosion.

On Saturday night around 21:15 local time, Chiense state media outlet CCTV was still broadcasting a live stream through Weibo showing the latest images and footage of the situation and interviewing injured people in the hospital.

Local authorities and Chinese media are warning people not to go near Wenling’s Daxi to keep the roads clear for rescue workers.

Meanwhile, people on Chinese social media are spreading praying emoji’s and candles, expressing their sympathies for the victims of today’s explosion.

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China’s Shulan City in “Wartime Mode” after Recording 13 COVID-19 Infections

Local authorities announced a “wartime mode” lockdown due to 13 new local coronavirus cases in Shulan.

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The city of Shulan in China’s Jilin Province is top trending on Chinese social media today after local authorities announced a “wartime mode” lockdown due to 13 new local coronavirus cases.

These are the first local infections in the entire province after a period of 73 days, China News reports, with other previous cases all being infections from abroad.

Last week, on May 7th, a female resident was the first to be tested positive for COVID-19. The city in northeast China is now the only place in the PRC to be marked as “high risk.”

One page on social media platform Weibo dedicated to the topic of Shulan going into “wartime mode” (“战时状态”) had received over 190 million views by Monday evening local time.

What does this “wartime mode” entail?
– All residents stay home, lockdown of residential compounds
– All public places closed
– Schools closed
– All public transportation suspended
– No more selling of fever-reducing medicine in clinics or stores

According to CGTN, a total of 290 people who have been in close contact with the infected patients have been traced and placed under medical observation.

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