The Empire Strikes Back – Through Tourism

Playing at being part of the emperor's family? Who wants to be a concubine? How about a eunuch?

Playing at being part of the emperor’s family? Who wants to be a concubine? How about a eunuch?

For a minute I thought that the Forbidden City was populated by staff dressed in period costumes (think Kings’ Landing or Upper Canada Village) but it was not so. Tourism is big business in China, and increasingly so for Chinese tourists at their own sites. Sites recalling the dynasties of long-gone imperial families were as popular as any. It was Chinese who were renting these costumes to get the feel of life in the Ming dynasty, not we westerners!

Have to get a photo!

Have to get a photo!

Everybody had small digital cameras (or phone cameras) in China.

Everybody had small digital cameras (or phone cameras) in China.

Proud mother.

Or iPads.   Proud mother.

Some white folks among the Chinese tourists – from Sinorama Bus 2.

Walking the back alleys with Sinorama Bus 2.

Walking the back alleys with Sinorama Bus 2. Follow the yellow flag.

We headed down this side passage, but no doors were open.

We headed down this side passage, but no doors were open. The roof decorations were still stunning.

I just noticed the girl’s shirt. Yet another example of English on T-shirts. Though this one made sense, I wonder if she knew what it meant, or that the E was backwards!

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