Watch out for tourism hoax

Global Times - Weekend - - OPINION -

Xi’an, Shaaxi Prov­ince, is known for its his­tor­i­cal tourist at­trac­tions, but its re­cent de­struc­tion of over 40 “ter­ra­cotta war­riors” has been widely ap­plauded by lo­cal res­i­dents. With “red lips” and “dou­ble-lid eyes,” the col­or­ful war­rior stat­ues are ap­par­ently built in mod­ern times to trick in­no­cent tourists. Af­ter a travel journal with per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences of avoid­ing fake tourist at­trac­tions in Xi’an has gone vi­ral on­line, lo­cal au­thor­i­ties are now strik­ing a heavy blow to sev­eral fake spots, in­clud­ing the fake ter­ra­cotta war­rior site – the “Hall of the World’s Eighth Won­der” – in an at­tempt to reg­u­late the tourism mar­ket. “I feel sorry for tourists,” Wang Yongkang, lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal Party sec­re­tary was quoted as say­ing. While the media has the re­spon­si­bil­ity of su­per­vi­sion, the au­thor­i­ties should play a more ac­tive role in reg­u­lat­ing lo­cal in­dus­tries.

Il­lus­tra­tions: Peter C. Espina/GT

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