Much attention is paid to the development of the tourism industry almost everywhere, because foreigners armed with suitcases and cameras bring real money to the local economy and create jobs practically out of thin air. They offer scenic views, souvenirs, gifts and specially designed routes of various lengths.
But the local influx of tourists is not always happy - they make noise, annoy with flashlights, climb with stupid questions, and because of them, prices in stores rise.
According to the map service Maps.me, France is in the TOP-3 of the most popular tourist destinations and ranks first in the global ranking.
But foreigners are not very popular here, especially in the outback. The main problem is the language barrier. Inside the tourist zones, they will speak English with you, but if you get off the usual route or turn the wrong way - and there it was. Many people think that these languages are similar in order to be understood: you need to add a characteristic "growl" at the end of a word and speak through the nose. Such a manner, generated by common Latin roots and similar spelling of most words, causes not understanding, but anger and irritation.
In addition, the country has many dialects and even regional languages such as Breton or Alsatian. In some regions, they are ahead of French in popularity, such as Corsican in Corsica or Basque in Béarn. Hundreds of years of life in a single country smoothed out the differences, but in the days of the Three Musketeers, there were frequent cases when a Frenchman from Nantes did not understand half of the gibberish that another exactly the same Frenchman told him, but who was born and raised in the north of the country, in Artois or Normandy.
By the way, the French themselves believe that their language is similar to Catalan, and they make the same mistake in neighboring Spain.
You also need to remember that the abundance of outsiders is tiresome: the locals simply get tired of the obligation to smile and indicate the direction, watching the pathetic attempts of a foreigner to connect something intelligible from two or three languages. When you are asked about something on the street once a year, it is easy and simple to be polite, but if this happens thirty times, moreover, a day, a harsh reaction will be quite natural.
The Principality of Monaco is a dwarf state on the Mediterranean coast of France. There are many casinos, money and premium cars, the world's most famous Formula 1 circuit and the world's most expensive hotel room. The country is ruled by a prince from an ancient dynasty, but the morals and customs of the ruling family are very liberal, as are local laws.
Tourists are appreciated here, but disliked. They, of course, leave thousands of dollars in the local casinos - but who knows what the expensive tuxedo and diamond cufflinks are hiding? History and fiction know dozens of examples when in Monaco, under the guise of respectable rich people, the nouveau riche, or even ordinary crooks, sought.
The unsociability of the British has become a proverb, and for the first time they tell us about their stiffness in elementary school in English lessons. Everyone knows that English food is hardly edible, London is densely shrouded in fog, and it is also very rainy there.
Authentic English cuisine has lost ground to the continental, smog in London is a thing of the past (the last notable case was in 1952) along with coal heating (thanks to Margaret Thatcher). The stereotypes imposed at school do not lie about the rains, as well as about the stiffness of the British. Restraint and egocentrism among the inhabitants of Albion have long become a character trait, even a national value.
The English have a phrase "Stiff upper lip". This expression appeared in the XVIII - early XIX centuries, when graduates of private schools set the tone in English society , and in the latter the bamboo cane reigned with might and main. Among English boys, it was considered a rule of good form after the most brutal flogging to hold back tears and politely thank the teacher. It was the highest chic to endure the pulling so that even trembling lips did not betray genuine feelings.
As young gentlemen grew up, the phrase quietly became part of the Victorian cultural code, according to which men should control themselves, not showing feelings. Hence - insane politeness and countless complexes. They are insanely polite (if we are not talking about dock workers) - but only with their own. Unwillingness, even not understanding how someone can speak a language other than English, has become the talk of the town in Europe. If they are not understood, the English simply raise their tone, because not knowing English is so inconceivable that the interlocutor, apparently, is simply deaf.
Everyone knows that the Japanese are very fond of traveling, and they welcome guests willingly. The Japanese prefer cozy home gatherings to noisy feasts, and months and even years can pass between acquaintance and invitation to the house.
Residents of the Land of the Rising Sun are extremely sensitive to loud speech, laughter and obsessive interlocutors. When talking, it is customary to keep a distance, and it is more than is customary among the Anglo-Saxons, therefore, what is the norm for an American will seem to a Japanese an invasion of personal space, and a conversation may resemble a dance - as soon as a European makes a step towards reaching distance, the Asian retreats immediately. Believe me, it's funny only from the outside.
In addition, Europeans are much more careless about the rules and laws, which is simply indecent for Japan, where even the criminal community lives by laws (both written and unwritten).
China is a country with a history dating back (at least) five thousand years. The centuries-old traditions of the Celestial Empire are older than the history of most European states. Even such a seemingly minor offense as improper use of sticks can cause embarrassment. In 2018, Chinese sites pulled out Dolce & Gabbana products after they released a video of a Chinese top model struggling to eat pizza and pasta with chopsticks. Social media exploded with millions of angry comments, stars called for a boycott, and more reserved people noticed that chopsticks were part of a tradition dating back more than two thousand years, and this comic scene humiliates ancient culture. After that, Stefano Gabbane and Domenico Dolce had to apologize in Chinese, and the fashion show in Shanghai had to be postponed for security reasons.
Tourists rarely force themselves to familiarize themselves with local traditions and rules and even less often make it difficult to follow them, so foreigners are not very friendly here. And the social monitoring system operating in China and forcing an already restrained nation to monitor itself even more, multiplied by the lack of state control over foreigners, is completely irritating.