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Nazi Salutes Land Chinese Tourists in Hot Water in Germany

The number of Chinese tourists to Germany each year topped two million in 2014, according to the Mercator Institute for China Studies, a research foundation based in Berlin. Tourist organizations project 2.2 million Chinese visitors a year by 2020.

In 2011, 70 million Chinese traveled abroad, and the World Tourism Organization estimated that figure would surge to 100 million by 2020.

Many are attracted by sites specific to Chinese Communism: in France, the places where the economic reformer Deng Xiaoping studied; in Germany, the town of Trier, birthplace of Karl Marx.

The increase in the number of Chinese tourists and the growing efforts by countries to attract them have not been met with open arms around the globe, as many complain of a clash of cultures, language and common courtesy. In 2013, a mainland Chinese tourist in Luxor, Egypt, discovered that a fellow countryman had carved his own hieroglyphics on the wall of a 3,500-year-old temple: “Ding Jinhao was here.”

A photo of the offending scrawl drew outrage on social media, and the 15-year-old vandal was tracked down. He and his parents later issued a public apology.

For the two men who thought nothing of saluting in the style of Hitler outside the Reichstag, a judge ordered each to post 500 euros, or about $ 589, in bail.

A police spokeswoman declined on Sunday to reveal further details, and said she did not know whether the tourists were still in Berlin, or even in Germany.

Source: NYT > World

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