Chinese tourists don’t have the best reputation abroad, or at home. They are known for littering, writing graffiti, and washing their feet in hand basins. Recently, a group of regular visiting travelers in China were shocked by the rude behavior of some of the Chinese tourists and recorded the incident.
The group of travelers have visited Kunming, a city in Southwest China, each winter since 1985. Kunming is called the “Spring City” of China due to its mild climate. In November, thousands of seagulls fly to Kunming to spend the winter. They start from as far away as Lake Baikal in the region of Siberia and fly about 4,000 miles across the country to Kunming. The seagulls stay there till spring comes.
The visiting seagulls attract lots of tourists to Kunming every year. Visitors bring their cameras and bread crumbs; they enjoy feeding the flying seagulls and taking photos of them. However, tourists sometimes endanger the seagulls for amusement. On Dec. 9, Hetang Nahehua posted photos on an Internet forum that have received lots of criticism from viewers.
In the photos, the seagulls were being caught by Chinese tourists all for the sake of taking a good selfie.
A seagull was caught by a male tourist wearing sunglasses. His friends didn’t stop him, and were happily taking photos of their friend, even though the seagull was struggling and panicking, and other seagulls were screeching in panic, too.
Hetang Nahehua saw what was happening and angrily took the photos of the bad behavior, and then stopped the tourists. Nahehua has been taking photos of the migrating seagulls for about 30 years, and this is the fourth time he has seen tourists catching seagulls to take photos, according to Kunming News. Hoping to deter future tourists from doing the same thing, he decided to take and publish the photos of the seagulls being abused. “I hope everyone can treat the seagulls in a friendly manner,” he wrote.