Made in China
Assignment One – Group 6
Joanne White – Tourism in China
How is china “sold” to potential tourists? What images, stereotypes and places are featured?
After doing some research on tourism in China, I discovered that China was never that large a country and had only greatly expanded over the past few decades. There are now roughly 1,338,299,500 living in China today and it is thought to be the third most visited country in the world! With nearly everything manufactured in China nowadays there has been an increase in technology, in people wanting to visit the Country and an increase in hotel construction. There has been a large change in China over the years and it is becoming more modern every day.
I would like to find out if it really is a holiday to enjoy or are you just a tourist, lost in a big city. The main tourist attractions include: The Great Wall of China and The Forbidden City – Beijing (which used to be off-limits but now open to anyone). The cost of visiting these attractions are approximately £4 per person and cheaper rates for students, which in comparison to tourist attractions over here are very cheap!
Even though China is never I place I’ve been interested in going too before, the more I learn about it, the more appealing it sounds. I think the wide range of food out there would be incredible but also being able to see people living a different lifestyle than us.
I went on the website Travel sphere to see how much it would be for me to go there on a tourist package holiday. For 8 nights in March it came to from £1299:
“Discover the wonders of Shanghai, a fascinating blend of Chinese and colonial architecture, then head to Xian to see the incredible Terracotta Army. Your holiday ends in Beijing, where we include a tour of the city, visiting Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and more.”
But I wanted to know if it was that incredible when you got there!
Tour packages are normally included within the price but I noticed on the descriptions some days you have “free time”… what if you were buy yourself and knew no Mandarin? Would you know where to go? Is it a country really suitable for tourists?
I would love to go over there and just see people living in a completely different environment, different cultures and different ways of living. I find the idea of the language barrier being difficult there quite interesting, as many Chinese do not speak English due to the education system.
What is China really like?
By Einar Tangen , for BizTimes
Published September 5, 2008
“At the end of their trip, each of my guests has said that their experiences differed sharply from their expectations and that they had enjoyed my suggested excursions.”
I think a lot of people are surprised when they get there and it not what they had expected. I heard some mixed reactions from people I know who have been there. Whether it being a holiday or living there. I can imagine it being busy 24/7 and a country that never sleeps. I decided to ask my cousin Blue a couple of questions as she lived there for a year.
Blue Wilson interview (cousin)
Sheffield University, studying Business with Mandarin.
Gap year living in Beijing, China
How is China sold to potential tourists?
“I think by the culture and history China has. Beijing has loads of it. For example the Forbidden City, great wall etc. it also has really modern buildings too. But I think a lot of people go to see the old stuff. Also the food, different types from all over the world. Images and stereotypes, food – people always think it’s like what you get in Chinese takeaways but it’s really different. Food we normally eat is Hong Kong style food. Also the people are actually quite short! Again that’s normally in Hong Kong; in Northern China people are taller. There are a lot of people, subways are really packed. Cheap things, loads of markets – loads of fake things, bags and DVDs etc.”
How does it match to make China a modern country?
“Still massive inequalities; see really poor people and really rich people. Massive modern buildings but also still small traditional buildings. 24 hour country especially the bigger cities like Beijing and Shanghai. So much to do, nightlife is also amazing. Lights everywhere, outside restaurants etc. They really like Western things like clothing brands, food etc. these things are often more expensive in China. “
Did you struggle with the language barrier?
“Language barrier is very difficult – if you’re in a shop, restaurant etc. people won’t speak English. Need a Chinese local person to guide you. Taxi drivers don’t speak English so you need to have things written down in Chinese to give the driver. Only uni students really speak English, so young people. Quite rare for older people to speak English.
I loved living in China. So much to do and so cheap, subway was 20p a journey, typical meal about £2.00 in a restaurant. Amazing culture, friendly people. Such a huge country with so much to see and do. Sometimes the language was hard to understand though.”