AMATEUR footage, which surfaced online recently and showed tourists allegedly from mainland China going on a feeding frenzy at a hotel’s all-you-can-eat buffet luncheon in Thailand, has earned the ire of netizens in the country and abroad.
In the video, which lasted slightly over half a minute, about a dozen tourists are seen scrambling to grab several plates full of what appeared to be prawn fritters served in trays. Some of those in the footage also appeared to jostle each other, shoveling the prawns with their plates.
The footage, which went viral on social media, was apparently captured by a patron at a hotel in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and shared on Facebook late last week. It was not long before netizens took to Facebook and Twitter to deride the “obnoxious” and “greedy” behavior after seeing that much of the highly-fought-over food was left unconsumed and wasted.
A Reddit thread about Chinese tourists at buffets has taught me much about Chinese culture.https://t.co/ZRCjK7jsyx
— David Chan (@DavidChan) March 21, 2016
— People's Daily,China (@PDChina) March 18, 2016
News of the incident also appalled users on popular online forum reddit, with many sharing their own “horror” stories of encounters with tourists from the Chinese mainland.
One reddit user, danysu123, said “Just clearing it up. There are so many types of Chinese people because of different areas of China. I’m Chinese myself and watching that video had me cringing. My family never does that sort of riff raff bs. Just saying that not all are indecent”.
Other users added a dose of humour into the affair – tunajr23 said: “I think it’s safe to say that they’re shellfish.”
While many condemned or ridiculed the incident, LankyN attempted to rationalise the situation by saying, “I’d guess it was one of the more expensive items on offer and they’re getting more value for money. Saying this because my dad would be disappointed when I bring back chips instead of spare ribs.”
The behavior of Chinese tourists abroad have posed a headache to their government, which is struggling to get Chinese nationals to adhere to the more “civilised” norms of the countries that they visit.