Fancy Hotel, Poor Neighborhood

As part of my job, I get to visit some pretty cool (and sometimes less cool) places.  On a recent site visit, we found ourselves lost in the rural flat-lands about an hour north of Guangzhou.  We had planned on spending the day visiting a builder of dragon boats, but somewhere along the way had managed to take a wrong turn.  Driving through random back streets, we found ourselves at the gate to what appeared to be a resort.  I have traveled all over, but never have I seen anything quite on the scale of excess that dripped off of this particular venue.  Early on in my time in China, a sight like this would have shocked me, and I would have tried to make sense of it all.  Who bothers to build a multi-million dollar resort in a region where no one can possibly afford to visit?  The government, of course!  We asked if it would be possible to get a group rate, but the manager didn’t want to have much of anything to do with us.  Perhaps it was my muddied hiking boots…

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One Response to Fancy Hotel, Poor Neighborhood

  1. I enjoy reading how other people’s thought processes develop over time in China, especially when that development mirrors my own. It took me about a year before I too stopped trying to rationalise things, but even then there was some stuff that left me dumbfounded. I guess that’s all part of the fun though…

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