A mainland tourist died after he was allegedly beaten unconscious by a gang of four men while trying to settle a quarrel between a fellow visitor and their tour group leader.
Miao Chunqi, a 53-year-old tourist from northeastern Heilongjiang province, was certified dead at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Yau Ma Tei on Tuesday, according to police, who categorised the case as "manslaughter".
Miao and his colleague, Zhang Lixia, 53, were among a group of 19 mainland tourists who arrived from Shenzhen on Sunday.
On Monday, they were taken to a jewellery shop in Hung Hom. Zhang did not want to buy anything and had an argument with the 32-year-old tour group leader, Deng Haiyan.
Zhang and Deng allegedly fought during the dispute. Miao attempted to mediate but was allegedly beaten by four men, who fled before police arrived. Miao was found unconscious at the scene.
The incident got our readers talking about what sort of influence this will have on mainland tourists coming to Hong Kong. Charlotte Fong, a 13-year-old International Christian School student, said: "Chinese tourists will be worried about their personal safety [in Hong Kong], and visit other southeast Asian countries instead."
Jessie Pang, a 19-year-old Hong Kong Baptist University student, said "forced shopping tours" should be banned. "The Travel Industry Council should take firmer action to stop these tours, which harm the tourist industry in Hong Kong."
Joy Pamnani, 17, from Po Leung Kuk Ngan Po Ling College, agrees. "Tourists should have the freedom to choose how they spend their money," she said.