Chinese tourist is beaten to DEATH after refusing to buy expensive jewellery in shop ‘recommended’ by tour guide

  • Mainland Chinese tourist was beaten by a group of men in Hong Kong
  • Incident on October 19 was as a result of an argument over shopping
  • Tourist, named as Miao, died from his injuries earlier today in hospital
  • Police are pursuing the suspects and the case is under investigation

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A Chinese tourist was beaten to death in Hong Kong after getting into an argument over shopping. The man, named as Miao, was part of a shopping tour group that was visiting Hong Kong on October 19, reported People’s Daily Online1. Members of the group got into an altercation after refusing to make a purchase and when Miao tried to intervene, he was allegedly dragged outside by men and severely beaten. He was pronounced dead earlier today.

Beaten: Miao (pictured) was part of a tour group that was in Hong Kong for shopping when he was beaten up

Pricy: Miao and colleague allegedly got into a fight with tour guide in a shop (above) over expensive jewellery

Dispute: Miao’s colleague Zhang (left) got into an argument with Deng (far right) the tour leader before the fight

Hong Kong police are currently pursuing three possible suspects, who are still at large.

They are investigating the possibility that some of the men involved were ‘shadow tourists’, a new wave of fake tourists that take part in shopping tour groups to ‘persuade’ fellow tourists to make purchases.

According to reports, the tour group of around 20 people had travelled from Shenzhen in southern China to Hong Kong on October 19 solely for the purpose of shopping. They were inside a jewellery shop in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong when an argument broke out over the high prices in store. Miao, 54, and a female colleague named as Zhang, 53, reportedly refused to make a purchase in the store as they felt the discounts were not high enough.

A tour leader, a 32-year-old woman named as Deng, allegedly tried to persuade the couple to buy something from the store when the discussion turned physical between Zhang and Deng. When Miao tried to intervene in the argument, he was dragged outside by a group of men and brutally beaten. Expensive: Miao and Zhang allegedly said the prices in the shop was too high and refused to make a purchase

Gang? Several men reportedly dragged Miao from the shop and savagely beat him until he fell unconscious

The relationship of the men with the tour group and the jewellery shop is not known.

Witnesses claimed the men were a mix of local and mainland Chinese. All of the men escaped before the police arrived at the scene. Miao had fallen unconscious at the scene and after 24 hour rescue efforts in hospital, he died from his injuries.

Deng and Zhang were both taken to hospital for facial injuries.

It is thought they’ve now left the hospital but have been arrested by the police for fighting in public.

The rest of the tour group were taken away by the tour organisers after the incident.

They were scheduled to visit Macau today but it is not clear whether they’ve been allowed to leave Hong Kong.

The case remains under investigation.

Arrested: Zhang and Deng have both been arrested for fighting in public.

The men that beat Miao are at large

Aftermath: The group (pictured) was scheduled to go to Macau next but it’s not clear if they’re allowed to leave

References

  1. ^ People’s Daily Online (travel.people.com.cn)

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