Okay, while we don’t particularly enjoy spending much time getting accosted with “bagswatch” offers and shoving ourselves through throngs of Chinese and foreign tourists, I wouldn’t call Nanjing East Road the WORST tourist trap in the world. But that’s exactly what CNNGo has labeled it – Number 4 to be exact. What is far more entertaining than the list itself, though, is the reaction from Huangpu district, whose feelings were clearly hurt. From Want China Times:
Huangpu district, where the road is located, said the selection was prejudiced, and that as the website neither sent a reporter there nor invited experts to conduct an inspection, the list cannot be regarded as authoritative. However, figures in the tourism industry say the list, compiled from submissions by tourists, could be seen as a call for better management of the city’s famous pedestrian area.
We don’t exactly know what an expert tourism inspection team would look like, but it conjures images of inspector gadget in a Haibao costume, for some reason.
The list also includes New York’s Times Square, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and ALL OF CENTRAL TOKYO. I’m guessing Huangpu’s not the only city feeling miffed on this one.
Sure, nobody really enjoys the guidebook list toppers (although I swear to God Chinese tourists really really do) but CNNGo seems to go a bit overboard with how hatefully they dismiss some of these places: “You can also forget about its much-ballyhooed usurper, the Sky Tree in Sumida-ku. That concrete and steel raised middle finger is just another glitter-daubed, expensive shopping mall in the sky.”
As far as good ‘ol Nanjing Dong Lu goes, I think most of us can appreciate, if nothing else, that it’s one place you can always go to remember just how many people there are in China.