Chinese Weibo users have selflessly volunteered to go to Denmark to help the country deal with its oyster crisis.
On Monday, the Danish Embassy in China used its official Weibo account to complain about how Pacific oysters were taking over its beaches. In the post, the embassy explained that the invasive species from Asia, which was introduced to Denmark about a decade ago, has seen its population explode in recent years, surpassing that of local species and harming the environment in the process. On Weibo, the embassy playfully asked netizens for suggestions at solving this problem.
Much to the embassy’s surprise, Chinese Weibo users were in fact quick to offer a range of suggestions. At this time, the post has over 14,000 comments. Some have suggested that Chinese companies could be called in to import oysters from Denmark, while others think it makes more sense to bring the Chinese to the oysters though special package tours of Denmark.
“Denmak should relax its visa restrictions and create a 10-year, multi-entry ‘oyster-eating visa’ where each stay can be extended by up to one month. In five years all the oysters will be gone,” suggested one Weibo user.
“Just tell me how many you want gone and I’ll eat them for you,” commented another netizen.
The Danish Embassy has promised to relay Chinese web users’ helpful recommendations to the proper authorities, though they also admitted that they didn’t think that eating the oysters was the correct solution. The embassy reportedly turned down one Chinese gourmet who asked for a free trip to Denmark, promising to do all he could to help out with their oyster problem during his stay.
Meanwhile, the embassy has also welcomed Chinese tourists to Denmark, inviting them to see that the country has more to offer than just oysters.
[Images via The Royal Danish Embassy in China]
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