On October 2, 2006 China’s main tourism authority and the central government’s Spiritual Civilization Committee jointly issued guidelines for Chinese tourists. The guidelines are lists of clear and simple behavioral etiquettes for people intending to travel domestically and internationally, including those “dos and don’ts” tips such as speaking quietly, respecting queues and putting litter in bins, and no spitting. (More on this from this news report Shanghai Daily : Tourists told to polish up act, not only their shoes).
These guidelines are probably the first of its kind in China, and they are in fact parts of the recent official advocacy for more dynamic developments of Chinese culture around the world.
According to a Xinhua report, “Chinese tourists made 31 million trips abroad in 2005, with that number expected to rise to 100 million by 2020″.