Tuesday, 2 April 2013

More Mainlanders Behaving Badly

Here we go again -- another incident that appears to be tensions between mainlanders and Hong Kong people.

This time it's a Chinese couple that allowed their daughter to defecate into a plastic bag while on the MTR East Rail.

Passengers complained of the smell and MTR staff implored the couple to leave the train but they refused. The video of the row has since gone viral.

They said their infant daughter do a number two in the plastic bag because she had an upset stomach and "couldn't go in the morning".

While the couple spoke Cantonese, they had heavy Mandarin accents and carried luggage and had a baby stroller with them. The man claimed to be from Hong Kong.

Other passengers can be heard on the video demanding the couple get off while two MTR staff try to get the couple to leave the train but to no avail.

"She's not [defecating] anymore so why should we get off the train?" the man retorts. "Don't threaten me. I'm not scared. You can call the police if you want... if you want to play, I'll play with you, I don't mind at all."

If this couple is from the mainland, they are again perpetuating the stereotype of people from China who have no clue about etiquette and just do as they please.

Obviously they have not be instructed or educated on how things are done in Hong Kong -- and that it is not like any other Chinese city.

The incident also further strains relations between the two groups -- and surely the Chinese government should realize by now that their citizens are the ones sparking the frictions in the city.

Either the Chinese or Hong Kong government needs to do a tourism campaign to educate travelers to Hong Kong on do's and don'ts.

And the poor MTR staff need to be briefed on how to diffuse tensions like these; they are only going to be more common place.

The couple has complete disregard for other passengers not only in terms of comfort but hygiene as well.

Will Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying bring up this stinky issue with his Beijing bosses?

If mainlanders want to come to Hong Kong, they really need to know the ground rules.

That said, the latest in Vancouver is that mainlanders go to members only golf clubs, head out to the greens and lay out a blanket and start enjoying their picnic.

Not only is this dangerous but they are also trespassing on private property.

Thankfully the younger generation, those in their 20s and 30s are more educated, but in the meantime, Hong Kong needs to take it upon itself to educate its guests because no one else is going to do it.


  1. I have to say that I still haven't quite recovered from seeing a mainland couple getting their son to pee into a cup while I was eating a couple of tables away in the restaurant... :(

    "Either the Chinese or Hong Kong government needs to do a tourism campaign to educate travelers to Hong Kong on do's and don'ts."

    Hear, hear! And if it's the Hong Kong government, that campaign better be in Putonghua and simplified Chinese characters!

  2. Yes of course it must be in simplified Chinese! But seriously! The issue needs to be addressed and the HK government has its head in the sand if it thinks this is an isolated incident...