Chinese Tourists Destroy Sites | What to do if your money wise important tourists destroy your site? You will have to take urgent action protecting your source of income. This is exactly what happens right now in Japan during “Sakura” – the cherry blossom season. A Chinese woman gatecrashed a restricted area at Tokyo’s Ueno Park, other Chinese tourists broke off flowers at Castle Park in Osaka. Japanese media now demands “Chinese-only” zones with preset photo spots because many Chinese visitors were seen picking cherry flowers, shaking trees and even climbing up trees.
Chinese tourists in general have a bad reputation worldwide. They are known for ignoring the customs of their host countries, some of them simply mistunderstand the phrase “all-you-can-eat”, others are incapable of acting properly with a buffet-style breakfast area. The cherry blossom incidents caused an echo in China’s version of Twitter (Weibo): One user posted: “Behaving badly at home is ruining your own reputation but doing it in other countries is destroying the reputation of China.” Another one added: “The worst calibre of international tour groups is Chinese. This is a fact Chinese people have to face and admit.”
But Chinese tourists also need guidance in their own backyard. In Changsha and Nanjing, Chinese were caught on camera shaking, climbing and kicking cherry trees to get the perfect snapshot.
Sin City Berlin | From the 1920s to the mid 1930s, the city of Berlin was a melting pot of debauchery and creativity, giving rise to the first institute devoted to the study of sex. In 2005 the Canadian TV channel CBC broadcasted a valuable historic documentary about Germany’s capital as it entered an era of chaos and hedonism. The country’s bohemian writers like Bertolt Brecht, actors and actresses like H.W.C. Veidt and Marlene Dietrich, architects and political agitators gravitated towards Berlin’s freewheeling culture. Lesbians cultivated their own society as the city encouraged its denizens to play out their every whim. Unfortunately the rest of the nation was not ready for it yet. A Nazi upsurge in the countryside foreshadowed an end to the perpetual party in 1933 … First CBC Broadcast: Feb 8, 2005.
Speaking of Sin City Berlin, we are not done yet. In October 2107 the German pay-TV channel “sky” started airing Babylon Berlin. This crime series is set in 1920s Berlin. Although its dialogue is completely in German, the series seems to become the biggest hit since Game of Thrones. Right now Babylon Berlin is only available on Sky in Germany, Italy and the U.K. But a swell of international interest has amassed. Netflix secured it for the United States, Australia and New Zealand. Beta Film has sold the viewing rights to 60 other countries including Spain, France, Denmark, Finland. Here is a trailor.
Sin City Shanghai | For a short time in the beginning of the 20th century Shanghai carried the nickname “Paris of the East”. Shanghai was the island of wickedness on the Asian continent. You could get drugs on hotel service and amazingly cheap and good sex. Lead by the British and French, Shanghai catered to every dangerous obsession imaginable. In the 1920s and 1930s, this exotic city lured thousands of adventurers, gamblers, drug addicts and high-flyers to its streets teeming with prostitutes and opium … In 2005 the Canadian TV channel CBC broadcasted a valuable historic documentary about the sin city Shanghai. First Broadcast : 15 Feb. 2005
When British consul George Balfour envisaged the future of a British-only settlement at the location of today’s Shanghai he stood on a piece of marshland by the Huangpu River. That was in 1843. No British colonialist could have imagined the prosperous modern metropolis to come. A settlement was built to house an influx of refugees from the Chinese hinterland. At this point Shanghai was just a rudimentary division of land blocks driven by pragmatism. East-west roads were laid towards the Huangpu River bank, which has lasted to this day as the enduring urban feature of Shanghai: the Bund.
The first settlers slept rough, just hoping to make some quick bucks in Shanghai. Nobody did intend to stay put for long. The Bund river frontage with easy waterways turned out to be a convenient and strategic location for the British. The French took note of this advantage. In 1856 they secured a segment between the old Shanghai town and the British Bund as the French Bund, though not as grand. Shanghai became a haven in times of conflict. You find a very interesting read about the history of Shanghai at citymetric.com
Sin City Paris | In 2005 the Canadian TV channel CBC broadcasted a bunch of valuable historic documentaries about “naughty tourist magnets” of the 1920s. First example: Paris. Parisians ripped off the sufferings of World War I and threw one looong passionate party. Prostitution was legal and the brothel culture was very rich. The disregard of the Parisians in the 1920s for social constraints attracted edgy, artistic bonvivants such as D.H. Lawrence, Salvador Dali, Gertrude Stein or Josephine Baker. Because of the prohibition of alcohol in the United States combined with a strong US-Dollar, US-American tourists came to Paris like moths to the light. Innovators from art, music and literature congregated there and played out their eccentricities. With a heady mixture of drugs, BDSM clubs and inter-racial sex, Paris became the ultimate hot spot in avant-garde … First CBC Broadcast: Feb 1, 2005
Paris in 50 Minutes | The following video is a very nice HD 1080p clip from YouTube – giving you a Paris tour on a cold but at least partly sunny day in December. If you never make it to Paris, this is all you need to see. Enjoy the tour in a cosy warm place with a cup of coffee and a french baguette :)
We found this video on the YouTube channel Globetrotter Alpha. There is not just Paris in 50 Minutes but a few more interesting travel videos available on that channel: Hongkong, Vancouver, Manhattan …