It may be fun to have Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter and whatever app you like, but you risk missing out on all of the sights on your trip.
The administrators of a Chinese heritage site and ancient town on the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal have decided to try an "alternative" solution. A road at Taierzhuang, which is the traditional town we were referring above, has been fitted with the pedestrian equipment of speed bumps.
The black-and-yellow rubber components have been placed one next to the other, and walking while looking at your smartphone’s screen is dangerous. An inattentive person could break his or her ankle if they attempted to focus on social media while walking, but the “solution” raises questions about the access possibilities of people with restricted mobility.
While the bumps may be accessible for humans who do not have any problems to walk on a road with so many consecutive differences in level, the same does not apply to people in wheelchairs.
Fortunately, there are a few routes that allow solutions for people with limited mobility, but it still makes you wonder about the purpose of this installation. On social media, the track earned a nickname: “washboard road.”
Chinese officials explained that the humps were placed to encourage crowds to walk in a “more orderly and respectful way.” Evidently, using skateboards or bicycles in a historic place would be disrespectful, but how can crowds made up of tourists walking be a disturbance to the administrator of a site meant to welcome them.
As The Telegraph notes, the local authorities were concerned that people did not appreciate the historical significance of the site. One thing is sure - they got free publicity for the touristic spot thanks to the extensive coverage of the intentional bumps on their road.
A bit overconcerned? Speed bumps seen in a short range of pedestrian walks at a scenic spot in east China stunned many Chinese netizens pic.twitter.com/OeOUc0h5Hj— People's Daily,China (@PDChina) April 30, 2017