Sep 2nd, 2007, 10:21 pm
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Join Date: Mar 28th, 2007
Location: Hunan, China
| | Re: Hi from Qinhuangdao, China
Personally, I don't. Many of my students (English for tourism majors) are very excited for the influx of visitors. They think that people will travel all over China and fall in love with it. As someone with a fair amount of experience traveling domestically in China, I doubt this very much. For me, the domestic tourism infrastructure is very unappealing -- tour buses, loud speakers, over crowding and concrete EVERYWHERE. Even national parks are full of these things. Plus, as a result of the cultural revolution, there is very little authentic culture to be found. There are "culture parks" which offer Disney-like experiences, and reproductions of historical towns, but nothing that (in my experience) foreign tourists find very interesting.
Plus, a lack of foresight and adequate planning are hallmarks of Chinese bureaucracy. These will not contribute to a successful Olympics. The air pollution alone has already started to get a lot of international media attention. Several countries have advised their teams to come to China as late as possible to avoid air pollution and food poisoning. This doesn't bode well.
Full disclosure: I've been in China for about 8 months and will not be staying after my contract is up. I also spent 5 years in Taiwan.
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