“We didn’t think it was appropriate to make Tyson an honorary citizen, so we dropped the plan,” said Wang Qiquan, vice-head of Luo Dian.
Officials in the district hope Tyson’s visit today will help attract more visitors to the area, but while happy to make use of the star’s profile, they do not want to clasp him too closely to their bosom.
“Many people said (the honorary citizenship) would be inappropriate. For one thing, it will be the first time Tyson has even visited our town, and he has never made any other contribution. He has also been involved in too many legal and sporting scandals,” Wang explained.
Speaking of bosoms, it appears there were plenty on display last night at the grand opening of Snatch Night Club, where Tyson was the guest of honor. Based on photos we’ve seen, the club appears intent on living up to its name. The above cowgirl shot, comes form a series of photos (all of the same girl) that appears in the sports section of a Shanghai online portal. The same site offers more party photos here. The Tyson photo used above came from Sohu.
We didn’t go to Snatch last night, but reports from people who did spoke of a RMB 150 cover charge and a quick exit by Mr. Tyson.
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Finally, thesweetscience.com summarizes Tyson’s plans for Saturday:
… Tyson, born Christian but a convert to Islam, intends to meet with the abbot of Jing’an Temple, a famous Buddhist monastery, to discuss the problems facing planet earth.