“Too Loud, Too Rude”: Switzerland Introduces Separate Trains for Chinese Tourists


Switzerland has introduced special coaches for Chinese tourists, as locals consider them to be ‘loud’ and ‘rude’. The news has triggered mixed reactions amongst Weibo’s netizens. According to China’s National Tourism Administration (中国国家旅游管理局), China now sends more tourists abroad than any other country in the world. The number of Chinese outbound tourists exceeded 100 million in 2014, spending $155 billion. Although destination countries welcome the … Continue reading “Too Loud, Too Rude”: Switzerland Introduces Separate Trains for Chinese Tourists

From Crayfish To Doughnuts – Chinese Netizens Fed Up With Food Scandals


Two new food safety scandals has shaken China’s netizens. Popular chains Zheng Wen Qi Crayfish Donburi and BreadTalk are serving their customers contaminated and expired food. Weibo’s netizens have had enough. Food safety has recurrently been an issue in China, as one after the other food safety scandal has erupted over the past few years due to lack of knowledge about contamination and inadequate supervision. … Continue reading From Crayfish To Doughnuts – Chinese Netizens Fed Up With Food Scandals

Weibo Women’s “Armpit Hair Contest”


An online “Armpit Hair Contest” has fuelled social media discussions on female aesthetics in China. As many women posted selfies on Sina Weibo showing off their hairy armpits, not all netizens agreed on their beauty. But for initiator Xiao Meili, the contest has fulfilled its purpose. On May 26, Chinese women’s rights advocate Xiao Meili initiated a contest of women’s underarm hair on Sina Weibo. She … Continue reading Weibo Women’s “Armpit Hair Contest”

News assistants in China: an invisible, important group


By a CPJ Guest Blogger Among the first concerns a journalist may have on coming to China as a foreign correspondent is how to communicate with the Chinese people, the majority of whom do not speak a word of English. Finding a “news assistant” is usually the answer. I worked as a news assistant for more than five years, and I have seen how the … Continue reading News assistants in China: an invisible, important group