HK guide apologizes for forced shopping debacle

15:57, July 28, 2010      

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Lee Qiaochun, a Hong Kong tour guide who was reported to have abused Chinese mainland tourists, subjecting them to forced shopping trips, publicly apologized to tourists and Hong Kong citizens on July 28.

She said regrets this unpleasant incident.

"If I get a chance to contact the tour group from that time, I would like to apologize to them," Lee said.

Previously, many television stations on the Chinese mainland broadcasted a video of Lee scolding tourists who refused to shop and even threatening to alter their accommodations if they refused to comply. This event has caused a great public outcry both on the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong.

Lee repeatedly apologized and wept several times during the press conference. She said she lost control for a moment and treated the tourists badly. She said she deeply regrets her actions and hopes the tourists from the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong citizens can forgive her.

She also promised that she will be a better tour guide with a very sincere attitude in the future.

By Zhang Qian , People's Daily Online


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