2 Chinese expelled for posing monks to beg for money

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The central city of Da Nang has fined and ordered two Chinese people to leave Vietnam after they posed as monks to get alms.

Police in Thach Thang Commune Tuesday said they have fined Peng Yurui and He Dechao, both 60, between VND10-20 million (US$473-946) each, but the visitors have said they cannot afford the fines.

The Vietnam Trade Promotion and Tourism Joint-Stock Company, which invited the Chinese to Vietnam for "commercial activities," enabling them to get Vietnamese visas, has been asked to send the visitors back to China.

According to the police, Peng and He entered Vietnam by road on August 25.

The next day they took a train to Da Nang, where they rented a hotel room and posed as monks to beg for money.

Peng was arrested on August 27 when he was begging in Hai Chau District, police said, adding that the man had earned VND1.4 million ($66.24) in an hour.

The other was arrested soon later when he was about to leave the hotel room for "business."

The foreigners had entered Vietnam four times, police said.

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That same day, Da Nang City police also fined and ordered two other Chinese people to leave Vietnam for engaging in illegal tourism activities, the Tuoi Tre newspaper reported Thursday.

Police, however, did not give more details about their wrongdoings.

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