(Minghui.org) A greater open-mindedness in Chinese tourists visiting Europe in recent months reflects a change in many Mainland Chinese and their attitudes toward Falun Gong.
Practitioners who volunteer to help people withdraw from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) at European tourist sites have witnessed this change. A few years ago, Chinese who had been deceived by state-run media in China would often treat practitioners with contempt. At times, they would hurl insults, spit on practitioners, or even get physical.
Today, Chinese tourists are more familiar with Falun Gong. They know that the practice teaches Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance and that the persecution in China is wrong.
Sometimes tourists seek out practitioners when they need help, because Falun Gong practitioners have a reputation for being kind and trustworthy.
Tourists' change in attitude toward Falun Gong has also meant that they will often readily agree to quit the communist party. A volunteer at a tourist site in Switzerland said that one day recently more than 70 Chinese tourists quit the communist organizations in an hour.
The following are some of the comments made by Chinese tourists:
A CCP official who works in a propaganda office in Beijing said, “I have to admit that what Falun Gong says is true. The CCP has been lying.”
A university president from Shanghai said, “You Falun Gong practitioners have been so persistent! You are great! You are the group the CCP fears the most. All CCP officials in China are corrupt. The more they investigate, the more they find. Their morality is completely lost. I think the CCP will definitely collapse within the next five years.”
A tourist from Northeast China said, “I have heard about the regime harvesting the organs of living Falun Gong practitioners. The news is spreading. We all know about it. There are two body-processing factories in Dalian. The pair, Bo Xilai and Jiang Zemin, who are behind the organ harvesting, deserve capital punishment.”
A Chinese student said, “Who cares about the CCP now? It's shameful to mention it overseas.” Another student said, “As long as the CCP is in power, we won't go back to China.”
A group of elderly men from Shanghai expressed their feelings about the CCP's effect on China.
One said, “We curse the CCP and Jiang [Zemin] in private. Young people even curse them loudly in parks.”
Another said, “Never join the CCP. Several generations in my family have suffered its persecution. We have seen its nature clearly. It's a demon.”
Another elderly man said, “Fortunately I haven't joined the CCP and I haven't been involved in its crimes. I feel better now that I have quit the Young Pioneers.”
Another said, “No one wants to listen to those who praise the CCP. They are usually driven away as soon as they start to speak.”
Another elderly man said, “Those who think the CCP deserves their loyalty for providing them with an income are deluded. People have more opportunities to make money in non-communist countries.”
When a volunteer told a group of tourists that the CCP was doomed to be destroyed by heaven some of them couldn't believe it. The volunteer then unfolded a picture of the “Hidden Character Stone” (A rock formation in China that mysteriously displays the words, “The Chinese Communist Party Dies.”). She told them the story about the ancient stone foretelling the fall of the communist party. They looked at the picture closely and talked among themselves.
The volunteer said, “If gods decide the CCP is doomed, what kind of future does a member of the CCP have? He would be eliminated along with the CCP.”
One of the tourists said, “Who wants to be buried with the CCP? I want to be safe. I quit.” The other tourists agreed and quit the communist organizations. After signing the form to renounce their membership, they bowed to the volunteer to thank him. Some took Falun Gong-related materials to read.
A few tourists from Northeast China were talking about something in front of a store for a long time. They were confused about the exchange rate on the receipt, and were questioning the quality of the products they had bought.
One of them eventually said, “Look, the Chinese who is distributing flyers over there must be a Falun Gong practitioner. Let's go ask her. Falun Gong practitioners are the most sincere, kind and reliable.” Another one said, “Yes. My friend told me to look for Falun Gong practitioners if I have any difficulty abroad. They are the most trustworthy. And you can find them at every tourist spot.”
Just as they expected, the Falun Gong practitioner explained the receipt to them in detail, and told them it was unlikely they would find counterfeit products for sale in a reputable store in this area. She told them they had received a good price because of a seasonal sale. The practitioner also offered recommendations on popular, but economical, gifts to buy. The tourists were very grateful.
The Falun Gong practitioner then encouraged them to take advantage of this trip to quit the communist organizations. When she explained the significance of quitting the communist organizations, they agreed to quit. An elderly Chinese couple who overheard the conversation decided to quit the communist organizations too.
A Swiss watch store clerk told a Falun Gong practitioner, “Ma'am, I look through the window to see if you are here every day. I would worry about you if you didn't show up. But I also worry when you show up on days with bad weather. I have benefited from you and Falun Gong these years. You helped me quit the communist organizations and gave me some materials to read. I'm wearing the Falun Dafa lucky charm you gave me. My life and my health have become better and better. I have received blessings through you!”
The clerk continued, “It's not an easy job for you to help Chinese tourists quit the CCP in such cold weather! You have such a big heart for those who are still deceived by the CCP. You have been doing it for years, rain or shine! Bless your heart!”
When a Falun Gong practitioner was waiting for tourists holding flyers in her arms, an elderly Swiss woman asked her, “Are you Falun Gong?” The practitioner replied, “Yes.” The woman gave her thumb-ups and said in excitement, “Falun Gong is great! It's truly great! The CCP is wicked!”
The Swiss woman had read a lot about Falun Gong and had been following the news about the persecution. She patted the Falun Gong practitioner on the shoulder and encouraged her, “Keep up the good work! You're not just helping your group, but all of us! I will keep you in my prayers!”