Chinese government tells citizens not to pee in pools, pick noses while abroad

Chinese tourists pose on stairs featuring a five-metre-high reproduction of Vincent van Gogh's signature painting "Sunflowers", at the entrance to Ocean Terminal in Hong Kong July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Bobby Yip/Files

Don't leave footprints on toilet seats or pee in pools and always trim your nose hairs when travelling abroad, the Chinese government has advised its citizens in a new Guidebook for Civilised Tourism.

Agence France-Presse reported the National Tourism Administration has published a guidebook doling out etiquette for its travelling citizens — and some of the advice is bizarre.

The rules, published before a week-long holiday marking the communist take-over in 1949, include drawings that illustrate improper behaviour, such as picking one's nose and stealing life jackets from airplanes. Some advice is specific to various countries: the guidebook says not to buy stones in Scotland or snap fingers to beckon people in Germany, according to the Telegraph.

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China has issued similar guidelines before imploring its citizens to be "civilized" abroad by ensuring they don't spit, litter, vandalize or jay-walk, among other impolite conduct. The last set of guidelines issued in May came after a 15-year-old boy caused international outrage by carving the words "Ding Jinhao paid a visit here" onto the wall of a 3,500-year-old Egyptian temple.

In February, a mainland Chinese woman visiting Hong Kong with her family enraged residents there after she told her son to pee into a bottle while they were sitting in a restaurant, according to Agence France-Presse.