Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Chinese Beach Tourism at its Finest

A little while ago, on one of the first really fine days of spring, I went with some student friends to Wan Ping Kou, the main place for beach tourism in our city.

Most of the beach tourists are from neighboring cities and sometimes neighboring provinces, although local people probably go down from time to time.

I always think it's interesting to see how Chinese people approach beach tourism.  They like: taking photos, walking along the sand and picking up shells, putting things in plastic buckets, buying cheap souvenirs, flying kites, wearing floppy hats, and going on (or watching) carnival rides.  They do not like: being exposed to the sun, relaxing in beach chairs, swimming (usually), or getting away from the crowds.

I tried to get as many shots of typical beach tourism as I could.  Enjoy!

The students approach the water.

Flying a kite with carnival rides behind

Creatively crossing the cold tidewater

Selling starfish

Excited about the beach!

My student friend found something to look at.

Sara guards the sneakers

Sunglasses boy liked digging in the sand.

This family was taking lots of photos.

Another typical tourist family.

The students found a creature in the sand.

They're diggin the beach.

Dig dig dig

Typical tourist

Another starfish seller

Heading to the water

The sky was dotted with colorful kites.  Wish you could see them better!

I thought these twins were adorable...

...So their mom had them stop for me to take a picture.


  1. Ken says when he was there, he noticed that the concept of personal space was not recognized. I notice this when Asian women come to exercise class. Do you see this where you are as well? I wonder what the reason is: too crowded, cultural differences based on a different perspective, or just the way it is.

  2. You're right -- not much personal space around here.

    I think it's partly culture (you should walk/stand/sit really close to friends and family).

    It's partly that there are a lot of people and not much space.

    And it's partly that there are almost never enough opportunities for the number of people. So if you're in a restaurant, train station, bus, stairwell, restroom, elevator, etc., you have to be willing to throw some elbows and touch a whole lot of people if you want to get a seat or a meal or a place to stand.