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Chinese Tourists Mutiny

Shopping overload on Macau beach

It's Santa season and shopping has predictably turnedShopping OverloadShopping Overload into a nightmare all around the world. But chances are, your shopping hassles are nothing compared to what Chinese tourists went through recently - and they wanted to avoid the mall.

Mutiny in Macau

Feeling forced to shop till they drop, tourists staged a mutiny in Macau against unscrupulous tour operators. Riot police were called in, tourists forced back to their hotels. The problem? Too many stores and not enough culture.

A prime stop for tourists, Miniature Macau surpasses Las Vegas in gambling revenue (cha-ching!), and is currently on MSNBC's top ten gambling getaways. Casinos and stores in the area team up with tour operators and offer free bus tours to the area. While tourists think it's a free ride to fun, it's really a plot to get more cash in the area. Shocking.

Things got nasty apparently when tourists were kicked off buses on a windy beach. They wanted back on board, but apparently hadn't met their spend quota yet. More than 100 tourists and guides endured a 5-hour stand-off against riot police.

Sounds like boxing day in reverse.

Jen Hyland, GG Staff

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Great story! Note to self....do not go to the casinos in Macau....!

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