By Sasha Padbidri
A new airport in the Sichuanese city of Yibin is accepting the sponsorship of local baijiu brand, in the latest case of a corporate entity slapping their name on an ostensibly public property. The “Jeanswest” Building at Tsinghua University, anyone?
revolting leading spirits brand in China, will have the dubious honour of being the first Chinese company (and it’s a hooch concern to boot!) to have an airport named after it. Construction of the airport will begin this year, and is set to end in three years time.
Meanwhile, Chinese people are in an uproar over the over commercialization of Chinese landmarks and buildings. “Ha, ha, another new example of the collusion between the government and the business world,” said Wu Yupeng on his Sina weibo microblog.
Other netizens have since suggested rechristening Beijing International Airport as “Erguotou” Airport, after another famous China liquor brand, and renaming Xian airport in the northern province of Shaanxi as “Meat Sandwich Airport”. Methinks that Pudong International Airport is due for a name change too. Shanghai White , please take note!
We for one think it’s long overdue for a culture of complete off-tits drunkenness to become acceptable for Chinese travelers stuck for long stretches on the tarmac. “Oh, we’re still just sitting here and waiting for no discernible reason? MOAR DRINKS PLEASE!”