Chinese bride brawls in French lavender field

2013-07-15 00:39:05 GMT2013-07-15 08:39:05(Beijing Time)  Global Times

What should have been a scenic picture session in a lavender field in Provence in southern France erupted into a bitter brawl, as two young Chinese couples fought over a photobombing incident.

According to photos posted on Sina Weibo Thursday by a guide, two males are seen engaged in a fist fight, while two young women, one in a wedding dress, are grappling with each other to the side.

The guide, who asked not to be named, told the Global Times one of the couples had just married.

"It started because the young couple and their friends accidentally stepped into the newlyweds' photo. The women began to argue first, and then the boyfriend and the groom joined in," he said.

"Most people there tried to drag them apart since it was quite embarrassing," he added.

"The two young men fought shirtless, and the bride's dress was ripped off. Parts of the field were trampled," the guide said, adding that other onlookers in the field were very shocked by the incident.

This is the latest example of badly behaved Chinese tourists abroad.

In May, it was discovered that a 15-year-old Chinese schoolboy had carved his name on a 3,500-year-old temple relic in Egypt. After outraged Web users identified the boy, his parents were forced to apologize for his behavior.

In January, a mother from the Chinese mainland was pictured allowing her toddler son to defecate on the floor of an airport in Taiwan.

"It's actually good that such a shameful fight happened overseas, which will help more people to pay attention to their behavior," Gu Jun, a professor of sociology with Shanghai University, told the Global Times.

Chinese Vice-Premier Wang Yang said in May that Chinese tourists should make an effort to be civilized when they travel overseas.

"They make a terrible racket in public, scrawl their names on tourist sites, ignore red lights when crossing the road and spit everywhere. This damages our national image and has a terrible effect," Wang said.

"There's a long way to go for Chinese tourists to behave well; the bad habits don't form in one day," noted Gu.

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