Guilin girls arm-twist tourists into taking photos and paying gratuity
If you are visiting Guilin during this May Day holiday, better watch out for those who make the hard sell. In tourist attractions in Guilin, South China’s Guangxi province, a group of women wearing traditional ethnic dresses stand at the entrance every day and badger male visitors into taking photos with them. Some visitors that cannot ward off the strong arm submit. A tourist had his both arms grabbed by two women, before two more women dashed into the camera. After the photo was clicked, the four women insisted that the tourist pay each one of them 10 yuan (US$1.6). The man refused, and the women immediately hurl all kinds of verbal abuse at him.
Net user “洋朋友”wrote in Baidu’s discussion forum, “There are female robbers in Yinziyan (a tourist attraction in Guilin). When I visited Yinziyan, the moment I arrived in the place, five women dressed in folk costumes grabbed my arms in order to force me to take photos and charge me 50 yuan (US$7.93). I refused. They stepped on my shoes and pulled my sleeves. I couldn’t get rid of them, So I said I had no money. Then they fumbled my pocket forcibly.”
Selected comments from NetEase:
金明焱 [网易辽宁省沈阳市网友]：2012-04-29 10:24:26 发表
All managers at the tourist attractions know these. They just never intervene.
疯清云淡 [网易亚太地区网友]：2012-04-29 10:26:54 发表
I hate to experience this type of thing the most when I am on vacation.
静静地等待黎明 [网易江西省南昌市网友]：2012-04-29 10:33:43 发表
So ugly. I would pay 200 yuan if they take several photos and give me a fivesome.
流氓小亨 [网易江西省九江市网友]：2012-04-29 10:22:47 发表
Demanding money by coercion, as in this case, is sort of like robbery. I remember last time when I was at Nanchang’s train station, a deaf-mute person dragged me against my will and requested me to pay 15 yuan for a red braided bracelet as a donation. I gave him 7 yuan without asking for the bracelet, and he was even pissed. Had I known it, I wouldn’t have given him a cent.
广东大头哥 [网易广东省江门市网友]：2012-04-29 10:46:02 发表
A few years ago, I went to Hainan on vacation. There was an ersatz wedding ceremony with local ethnic minorities at the tourist attraction. So I participated. It cost me about 30 yuan. I had some fun. The entire process included throwing the embroidered ball, carrying the bride on the back, and drinking wedlock wine. The only pitiful thing is, the ‘bride’ assigned to me is ugly and fatter than others’. Carrying her made my back ache. Besides, the wine is definitely fake. It tasted terrible, barely alcoholic. Must have been adulterated with water.
侧卫仔 [网易广东省广州市网友]：2012-04-29 10:41:16 发表
An egg is like the chicken that laid it. A person is like the system that breeds him.
mqpzx [网易四川省遂宁市网友]：2012-04-30 10:14:23 发表
It’s actually praiseworthy. They contributed to the rise of GDP. Some sacrifice has to be made. In these days, for the economic development, we have sacrificed all, environment, food safety, health and everything.