Waiters and waitresses dressed as “Red Guards” enthusiastically salute and greet patrons with pleasantries such as “Good Day, fellow villager!” at this hot pot restaurant channeling the Mao era in Pingliang, Gansu province. It’s freaky.
The “Hong Qi Gong She” (Red Flag Commune) restaurant features staff donning Red Army hats and red armbands. Workers also adopt speaking styles reminiscent of the old era, and upon walking into the door, customers are greeted by hosts with phrases such as: “Welcome to the countryside! All you need is to improve your meal.”
Even the way staff members address one another is nostalgic of the time.
Wait staff members are usually called “sheyuan” (commune members), the supervisor is called “Captain”, the menu is “Ge Ming Yu Lu” (Chairman Mao’s Quotations), beers equate to “land mines” and a glass of the Chinese baijiu is referred to as a “bomb”.
“Customers never stop coming to my restaurant and they’re not able to ‘improve their meal’ unless they have made a reservation beforehand,” the restaurant’s owner said in a Tencent News report.
“…I’ve never opened a business before,” he continued. “But I have visited quite a few Chinese cities, and I found many of them have worked this kind of “Red Tourism” angle. I thought, why I can’t have a ‘Red Restaurant’? So i made a decision to open a “Red Classic”-themed restaurant here in Pingliang.”
By Luke Sun
[Images via Tencent News]