Let’s welcome Chinese people!

Similar news from China was spread in Slovak and the international media in the last few days. The first one was about how a Chinese employer took 6400 employees to France and the second one was on how another Chinese employer took 12,700 employees to Thailand for a holiday. Of course, these numbers are staggering and also quite unusual for China, but to take employees on holidays is a normal thing in China. It is one of the basic work bonuses that companies tend to offer.

The system of working bonuses is much more developed and common in China than here. From the smallest bonuses such as raffles (each employee always wins something) on the thirteenth or sometimes the fourteenth, extra salary or other crazy rewards, for instance, a night with a Japanese porn star or a Porsche, and also the previously mentioned business trips. Most of the trips are in China, some in south Asia, and the companies that are from wealthy cities like Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen and so on go to Europe, Australia or to the USA.

In the past few years, the Chinese sights were full of visitors. Last year, Jiuzhaigou National Park in Sichuan Province had to be evacuated by firefighters. During tourist season, it is normal to wait in five or six hour queues for cable cars and for tickets. In many sites the number of daily visitors are limited. The Forbidden City, for example, can have only 80,000 visitors a day. The sites are overcrowded by package holidays, many of which are currently occupied by employees of different companies and factories. Since this method of remuneration is very popular in China, the Chinese people can’t fit into their sites and reservations anymore. It’s been handled in two ways – by new sites constantly being opened around the country and more people travelling outside China. Both ways have a bright side and a dark side. The bright side of opening new sites in China is that it agrees with the current politics to equally divide the wealth of people in the country. Chinese people are in fact taught to spend a lot of money when traveling. And they usually spend this money in poor villages, which are nowadays available as cultural monuments. The downside to this is that many beautiful places lose their authenticity because the tourism is really massive and mediocre everywhere. Sometimes it happens that some sights and old cities or villages are newly built, just for the sake to have a site on the place where there isn’t any. As for Chinese people travelling abroad, we can say that the effect is similar. A wealthier China starts to bring us money, and many hotels, resorts and other companies in the tourist industry are openly looking forward to it. China is getting wealthier and it will be for some time. We can expect similar mass roads more and more in the future. Maybe in a few years no newspapers will write about which company took employees abroad but about where the places are without Chinese tourists. I think that after the previously mentioned visit of 6400 Chinese in France they have already experienced queuing for five hours.