Da Nang authorities are verifying accusations that many Chinese tour guides are operating illegally in the central city and providing incorrect information about Vietnam’s history to tourists.
Tran Chi Cuong, deputy director of the Da Nang Tourism Department, said many local guides have complained and provided photos and videos to his agency as proof.
Cuong told reporters that the evidence showed many Chinese tour guides operating illegally and using yuan to buy stuff.
One of them, Xue Chun Zhe, took a group of Chinese tourists to the Linh Ung Pagoda and said Vietnam used to be part of China 14 centuries ago before gaining independence, but currently still depends on China.
According to local tour guides, some 60 Chinese nationals work illegally as tour guides.
One guide, who asked to remain unnamed, said many of the Chinese even introduce Da Nang’s beach as part of China’s sea.
“[They] often tell tourists not to listen to Vietnamese tour guides because Vietnamese hate China,” he said.
According to the local tour guides, many Chinese operate tour companies with a local director acting as a front.
Most of the illegal guides work for these companies, they said.