These ARE the well-traveled, cultured ones.[/quote]
Well, maybe. China was just freaky. Met some really nice people there who seemed really genuine yet I was also absolutely plagued by complete scumbags, as well. Really quite hostile people, trying to rip me off, following me, wanting to be my friend and tell me how shit America is, etc. Not saying I’m really streetwise or anything, but I can count and understand Chinese and read menu prices, etc, and I’m not going to pay triple for everything because I’m white or be told I’m fat, stupid, ugly, etc, etc by some troglodyte shopkeeper. Although some Taiwanese people can be shitty, I’ve never had open hostility (not before they’ve got to know me, anyway) and the openly expressed belief that I am a lesser life form, in Taiwan. Chinese people can be breathtakingly racist, yet they see this a good thing, not something you keep quiet about in normal society.
There are also a fair few Chinese tourists where I live. They dress oddly, with really showy fake bags and mostly look pissed off and confused. They walk around in really tight little groups with a Chinese tourguide with an umbrella. I stomp straight through the middle of their groups shouting ‘PAI SAY, PAI SAY!’, forcing them to break rank. Hehehe.
It’s such a double standard, as well. Should I try writing ‘Buttercup woz ere’ on the walls of the Forbidden thingy and see what happens? Mind you, everyone does it at the great wall. The tour guide tells you in English that you mustn’t write your name on the wall (erm, what? I wasn’t planning to!), but every inch, at the touristy part of the wall is cover in Chinese characters. The Chinese tour guide told me they had all been written by the ancient garrisons that were stationed there.