Over the summer, locals living in Kidlington, Oxfordshire became increasingly perplexed after flocks of selfie-stick waving, camera wielding tourists from Japan and China began descending upon their very ordinary, little English village each week.
Well, now that mystery has finally been solved after a local recently gave one of the tour guides a questionnaire to fill out from the BBC. Here’s the questions and answers:
Q: We are happy to have you here but why have you come?
A: “Because we don’t have [these] in China. Here, we are looking for the true sense of this country. ”
Q: Do you like it?
A: “[Yes]. Because the environment makes you feel you are closer to the simplicity of your original self.”
Q: What do you like here?
A: “The houses [and] gardens.”
So there you go! The simplest answers are often the best ones. Plus this explains why some tourists were literally walking into residents’ yards and peeking through windows. Just trying to get closer to the “simplicity of their original self.”
Previously, villagers speculated that the coachloads of tourists rolling into town once a week were being misled by guides into believing that the town was the setting for popular dramas like “Inspector Morse” or “Midsomer Murders,” or maybe even that it was the village used in Harry Potter. It wasn’t any of these things.
Just a village with simple gardens and houses. That’s all and that’s enough.