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The most bizarre things that were left behind in chinese hotels

Many people have the experience of leaving things behind, especially those travellers who check in and out of hotels in haste. Therefore, hotels become a grand lost-and-found office, where those forgotten items are stored for guests. Which items are most commonly left behind by guests in hotels in China? You might find some of them quite bizarre.

text: Chao Song  //  photography: istock

The things most commonly forgotten by guests in hotels

According to a survey abroad*, the top three most commonly forgotten items in hotels and their respective percentages are: personal toiletries (28.5%), clothes (20%) and chargers & cables (17.3%). Only 3.5% of the interviewees said they had left personal medications behind; and only 1.5% had the experience of forgetting their ID card or passport in hotels overseas.

Who is most likely to leave things behind in hotels

Business travellers are most likely to forget personal items in hotels. Either due to an urgent meeting or a flight schedule, nearly two-thirds of business travellers said they don’t have sufficient time for packing before checking out. One out of every four interviewees had the experience of leaving their charger cable for their phone or laptop in hotels. And a small proportion of the interviewees said they had forgotten to check the bathroom before leaving hotels. This survey also indicates that female travellers are more likely to forget their toiletries and cosmetics while they are very good at packing wallets and other personal items. Male travellers, on the other hand, turn out to be just the opposite.

The things most commonly forgotten by guests in hotels

According to a survey abroad*, the top three most commonly forgotten items in hotels and their respective percentages are: personal toiletries (28.5%), clothes (20%) and chargers & cables (17.3%). Only 3.5% of the interviewees said they had left personal medications behind; and only 1.5% had the experience of forgetting their ID card or passport in hotels overseas.

The bizarre things that were left behind

According to a news report, a Mr Chen found 10,000 yuan in cash under his pillow before checking out from a hotel in Chongqing. He was praised by the policemen and the hotel manager for turning the money over to the police. Yet Mr Chen was upset: he thought this meant the hotel didn’t change pillowcases and quilt covers before he checked-in.

Except for a large amount of cash, some hotel staff reported discovering full dentures and sports car keys left behind by the guests.

Some forgotten items are full of stories, like a diary, a bridal outfit and a wedding ring.

A staff member at Jin Yan Hotel said that every year, more than 80 components of artificial limbs were found in the hotel after the guests checked-out.

A youth hostel chain once had helped to return 70,000 dolls back to their owners within a year.

A staff member at the Macau Banyan Tree Hotel said that a turtle had been forgotten by a guest in their hotel. The hotel then kept the turtle and regarded it as the hotel’s mascot.

A life-sized cardboard cut-out of a celebrity was found in a hotel after a guest checked-out. Apparently this guest was not a hard-core fan of that celebrity.

The most bizarre case of all is that a guest left behind an urn containing the ashes of his late mother-in-law in the hotel room.

* Consulting Company eResult made the study for HRS

 

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