Discussion » Beijing Life » Beijing’s suburban county to build a billion

  • A.w
    A.w wrote:
    <p>Miyun county, situated at northeast Beijing, is going to invest more than 10 billion yuan (US$1.6 billion) on the construction of an English-speaking town as large as 60 hectares (165 acres) where no Chinese is allowed, according to county chief Wang Haichen.</p> <p>“It is a significant development project with the nature of a tourist attraction,” Wang said yesterday at the county’s Fifteen People’s Congress, a government meeting. The English town with European architectural style is expected to give visitors a feeling of going abroad. “The town will be divided into 16 city block. It is a walled castle,” Wang said.</p> <p>Visitors will need a passport which has to be stamped upon entry into the city. After they get inside, “speaking any Chinese will cause one to get penalty points.”</p> <p><img src="http://img.dl.e.weliveinchina.com/_tempimages/_outimages/536/a6a42318c9fa4264a744683e88dfcc88.jpg" alt="alt text" /></p> <p>It's a very silly idea.</p>
  • 随便叫兽
  • 叮噹叔叔 (令狐叮噹)

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    Hahahahaha ... Ami ... you did not seem to have translated it correctly, but why? ... This is the comment (in Chinese) that I have found from another forum ...

    http://www.tianya.cn/publicforum/content/free/1/2342683.shtml

    Anyway, with respect to what Ami said ...

    where no Chinese is allowed

    ... that actually means "where no Chinese languages is not allowed to be spoken" ... not literally that Chinese is NOT allowed inside the premises, otherwise, where will they get visitors? ...

    Visitors will need a passport

    ... the "passport" is of course not the actual passport, because that would be really silly ... I think they meant a "ticket" of some form, but it could might cost even more than a passport :)

    Anyway ...

    This kind of stupid crazy ideas sound more like one of mine (they have probably sent someone inside my head when I was dreaming, heehee) ... I mean, if there are Chinatowns in major cities all over the world, so why not build an Englishtown in Beijing?

    However, one "interesting" thing I have noticed is that while Chinese (or Asian in general) tend to stick together when they are the minority, even building a suburb or street, most foreigners dont?

    If this plan should be approved, and eventually finished, I think it will look more like a mini Disneyland, or perhaps, a Hollywood movie studio, but occupied mainly by English-speaking Chinese and, of course, foreigners ...

    I myself have huge doubt whether it will become a tourist attraction for foreigners, and as unlikely as it might be, for locals, unless they can go there for, god forbid, language exchange, just like we go to Ma Lian Dao to buy tea, or to ZGC to look for computer hardward (spare parts) and fake iPhones ...

    One definite "good" might be that it will be a nice haven (no, not heaven) for many locals who has spent tons of cash and time to learn robotic English from Wall Street, EF etc, but could not find a decent job ...

  • A豆腐
    A豆腐 wrote:

    Yeah!!! finally, that crazy fascination of chinese people with all foreign stuff has reached enough critical mass to exploit like a pimple after squeeze, in the form of this project... If I were chinese I would feel embarrassed of this kind ideas...where is my pride??..... What is the next?? A thematic japanese park in Nanjing??

  • 叮噹叔叔 (令狐叮噹)

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    Anything attached an enforcement won't go far, let's wait and see.

    Hahahaha ... considering the kind of "respect" they currently show to "law enforcement", this can become really funny, or even "ugly" ...

  • 叮噹叔叔 (令狐叮噹)
  • Pavoir Sponse
    Pavoir Sponse wrote:

    This place is the opposite of what it appears. It's actually a concentration camp being used to cordon off English speakers in China to preserve the purity of the Chinese language. Go at your peril...

  • Virgil W
    Virgil W wrote:

    @ 单独子儿 (随便叫兽) , if that's true about Jackie, what do you have to look forward too?

  • Olaf G.
    Olaf G. wrote:

    But why English? Most part of Europe does not have English as a native language and the few places like UK which do are not really Europe. Financially: have no euro, migration: not shengen, and politicly: bitch of the USA :)

  • 叮噹叔叔 (令狐叮噹)

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    Financially: have no euro

    And I think they (British) are quite happy with that right now ... no offense ...

    this obviously means more girls for foreigners

    So, it will become the new San Li Tun, taking away all the drugs, prostitutes, fights and bad traffic from Village? ... (scream) No ...

  • 随便叫兽
    随便叫兽 wrote:

    This thread is so English teacher.

    NO SRSLY THO. F'real. When studying English, Chinese people demand elaborate pretenses which compel them to speak English to one another. This isn't a foreign concession. The comment about this being China's biggest English corner is spot-fucking-on. This is a place for rich Chinese folks to go and pretend to be crackers, because an illusion of superiority--no matter how superficial--is the only thing that motivates the nouveau riche to improve themselves.

    If it's any solace for the continental butthurt @Skaught is talking about, the disproportionate amount of interest Chinese people show in English language study compared to other Western languages has absolutely nothing to do with sincere appreciation for the culture of Anglophones, or even Western culture in general.

    @Virgil

    @ 单独子儿 (随便叫兽) , if that's true about Jackie, what do you have to look forward too?

    I forgot, because I'm already well past my wake-n-bake and in the time my eyes traveled between looking forward and looking down to address you, I've already forgotten. Oh well.

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  • 叮噹叔叔 (令狐叮噹)

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    which means china starts the legalization of red-light district

    You mean they have not yet?

  • 叮噹叔叔 (令狐叮噹)

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    legalization? i don't see

    It's like ... God ... i.e. one of those things that we dont "see" but we just know it is "there" somehow ... 你懂的!

  • 叮噹叔叔 (令狐叮噹)

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    Thanks lady gaga

    Huh?

  • 随便叫兽
    随便叫兽 wrote:

    @Cheng, Or Chinese. When nouveau riche maturetwats like "Jane" complain that ESL teachers are worthless because their only skill is language, they bring great shame to their ancestors who passed the civil service exams. And when they use "peasants" or "农民" as epithets, they are just trying to legitimate their hatred for regular Chinese people who do not have such advantageous hukou.

    It must be lonely at the top for a 腐二代.

  • 随便叫兽
    随便叫兽 wrote:

    @"Jane"

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  • 叮噹叔叔 (令狐叮噹)

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    how is your Chinese heart feeling for your peasant class here?

    Jane whoever seems to be possessed ...

  • Ataahua
    Ataahua wrote:

    alleluia~~~~~~~~~~~~hahahaaaa~~~~~~~~~lets play harder, better, uglier~~~~~~~

  • Nicole Webber
    Nicole Webber wrote:

    An English/European City in a walled city in China. No Chinese Allowed in? No speaking Chinese?

    Why not add to the list No USA passport holder? No Blacks? No Mexicans? No South Americans?

    What about British Born Chinese or British Born Asians? I cannot see the Chinese Government being so racist against it's own people or other races.

  • Nicole Webber
    Nicole Webber wrote:

    No! I did not misunderstand 'where no Chinese is allowed, according to county chief Wang Haichen' that what AW wrote?

  • 叮噹叔叔 (令狐叮噹)

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    I did not misunderstand 'where no Chinese is allowed, according to county chief Wang Haichen' that what AW wrote?

    No, Nicole, you surely did NOT misunderstood what Ami wrote, or rather, the English text that she has got, however, that's NOT the correct meaning of the Chinese text of the news ...

  • Nicole Webber
    Nicole Webber wrote:

    It sounded rather harsh stating 'No Chinese allowed' I am sure if you can write the correct context of the Chinese text it would be helpful.

  • 叮噹叔叔 (令狐叮噹)

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    (continued) ... I corrected what needed to be corrected ... just scroll up and read ...

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