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Reaching boiling point

From the French Alps to the beaches of Goa, Chinese travellers are venturing overseas like never before.

So it is a brave hotel that risks offending this huge market. But that is exactly what the Beach House Iruveli in the Maldives is said to have done.

According to a post on the Tianya messaging service on March 2 by Zhao Jianke, a former Chinese employee at Iruveli, the manager of the resort ordered that all kettles were to be removed from the rooms of Chinese guests. The plan was to prevent the Chinese from using them to make cup noodles.

To make matters worse, the manager apparently referred to his Chinese guests as CN’s – an abbreviation of ‘cup noodles’ – and then accused them of using the kettles to boil locally-acquired shrimp and crab.

The Beach House has denied that the move targeted guests wanting noodles. But it stands by the allegation that some kettles have been damaged by Chinese guests using them to prepare seafood suppers. Meanwhile, the whistleblower Zhao – who says the Chinese bring noodles because they aren’t familiar with local food – is calling for a boycott of the Beach House.

Thus far, Zhao’s demand has been forwarded over 100,000 times.


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