By Erik Crouch
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Tianmen Mountain, in Zhangjiajie, is famous for its breathtaking views, gorgeous scenery, and ancient temples. Soon, it will also be the site of a wonderfully authentic and timeless symbol of China: a McDonald’s restaurant. The restaurant will be constructed atop the 1,518-meter mountain peak, giving customers the view of a lifetime while scarfing down some greasy nuggets.
The Zhangjiajie administration has been criticized for
desecrating commercializing one of China’s most popular natural wonders (4.5 stars on Trip Advisor!) and as China Daily reports,
Zhangjiajie, classified by UNESCO as a World Geopark and also a World Heritage Site, was formally warned by the organization in January for inadequately disseminating knowledge of earth sciences to the public.
It has also been criticized for over-commercializing in the past decade.
Maybe the UNESCO warning will force the local government to reconsider? More realistically, the warning wasn’t heard over the sounds of tourists slurping Coca Cola, crunching fries, and dropping yuan.