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Chinese Tourists’ Food Wastage Meets Bold Action in Switzerland

Hotel Monopol, a four star hotel in Switzerland, recently took the unusual step of putting signs on their dining tables saying: 'Please take only what you can eat' in both English and Chinese. (Image: Weibo)
Hotel Monopol, a four star hotel in Switzerland, recently took the unusual step of putting signs on their dining tables saying: 'Please take only what you can eat' in both English and Chinese. (Image: Weibo)

Hotel Monopol, a four star hotel in Switzerland, recently took the unusual step of putting signs on their dining tables saying: “Please take only what you can eat,” in both English and Chinese. In addition to the signs, the hotel also exhibits pictures of starving children, some on the verge of dying, to deter people from wasting food. A third of the guests at the hotel are from Asian countries, and when eating a buffet meal, many Chinese people routinely take far more than they can eat, leading to a large amount of food wastage.

Hotel Monopol in Switzerland (Image: Weibo)

Hotel Monopol in Switzerland (Image: Weibo)

Brigitte Heller, the owner of the hotel, says that her intention is not to criticize or educate foreign tourists. It is a moral issue, and she hopes that visitors to Switzerland will respect the local culture. Brigitte added that a month after implementing her idea, the hotel has achieved remarkable results.

The policy was reported in the media, and soon turned into a hot topic for Chinese netizens.

The pictures of starving children exhibited in the hotels to deter people from wasting food. (Image: Weibo)

The pictures of starving children exhibited in the hotels to deter people from wasting food. (Image: Weibo)

Translated research by Ying Ming and Kathy

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