[photopress:tour_guide.jpg,full,alignright]About 400 Chinese tour guides took to the streets of the southwestern city of Guilin to protest over a reporter who wrote that they took kickbacks. (At some time in the future we might see a similar protest by reporters who are reported by tour guides as taking kickbacks. And the story would not be totally false.)
The Guilin Daily, published in the scenic tourist city in the Guangxi region, and the reporter had since apologized saying the report had ’caused some bad effects’, according to another newspaper, the Southern Metropolis Daily.
Tour guides blocked the gate of the municipal government and some nearby roads in Guilin, demanding that the reporter apologize.
The Guilin Daily published a story saying some tour agencies and guides took kickbacks from shops and hotels. (The fact that there is undoubtedly at least some truth in the story is besides the point. It is publishing it that causes the offense. And think not this only applies to Guilin or even just China. In Australia guides get serious kickbacks for taking tour groups of overseas visitors into, chosing an example at random, opal shops.)
Huang Dan, the vice-mayor of Guilin said guides petitioned the government for three days. He said, ‘There was no clash and no one died or was injured. All the guides have since been persuaded to go home.’
Source: San Diego.com