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Special Swiss Train Segregates Chinese Tourists
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Special Swiss Train Segregates Chinese Tourists

Chinese tourists to a Swiss mountain resort are being invited to use separate trains following a spate of complaints by locals who were incensed and disgusted by their behavior.
The row is the latest example of Chinese tourists being condemned for their embarrassing behavior.
Almost half of all visitors to the scenic Swiss resort of Mount Rigi now comes from China following a huge marketing campaign involving a six-year partnership with an organization from the Chinese region of Mount Emei. However, the influx has led to tensions, with many locals complaining about the poor behavior of the Chinese tourists, International Business Times UK reported.
The visitors are accused of blocking corridors, crowding around windows to get photographs, spitting on compartment floors and standing on toilet seats to relieve themselves.
According to Swiss news site Blick, some have even been accused of stealing the shoes of other passengers.
Rigi Bahnen railroad company director, Peter Pfenniger, stressed that the influx of Chinese tourists had in general been good for business, but that “their strong presence is a challenge”.
The tensions are seen as due more to cultural differences than rudeness, but a related issue is that Chinese are only visiting for a short time, whereas locals head to Rigi for peace and quiet.
From September, 20 special trains will be laid on for the Chinese visitors to use, though Pfenniger stressed they will not be barred from using other trains. Signs explaining how to use Swiss toilets will also be erected and the toilets cleaned more frequently.
The emergence of China’s middle class has led to a huge increase in tourism across the world, with 97 million Chinese travelling abroad in 2013. This has sometimes led to problems with locals.
Earlier this year, China’s National Tourism Administration admitted recording “uncivilized behavior” that negatively affected the country’s image abroad.

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