VIP Visit Brings Uproar to Mount Baekdu
Via Over the Wall:
On July 15, the governor of Jilin accompanied Beijing Party Committee Secretary Liu Qi on a visit to Heaven Lake at Mount Baekdu (Changbaishan), nestled between China and North Korea. The mountain was closed off to ordinary visitors for some time, leading to a tourist revolt. Angry visitors threw water bottles, blocked the road and demanded apologies and their money back.
Sina Weibo user @TimeBalm posted a series of captioned photos from the scene:
The day after the incident, a reporter spoke on the phone with an employee of the Mount Baekdu Heaven Lake Park Hotel, who confirmed that the mountain had been closed for Liu’s visit. The following is transcribed from that conversation:
Employee: Yesterday the mountain was closed. Yesterday a national leader came.
Reporter: Do you know who came?
Employee: Liu Qi.
Reporter: Is it true that because the mountain was closed, a lot of people weren’t able to go up?
Employee: Yesterday the mountain was closed. Later on people went up. After a while, after a bit it was over.
Reporter: Is it true that a lot of people shouted “I want my money back”?
Employee: I don’t know about that.
@NiuniuBaby writes, “Over 1000 people were waiting at the entrance. We heard that such-and-such leader from the capital was there. They didn’t admit any visitors after 2 p.m. They announced over the PA that the road up the mountain was under construction. Visitors blocked the road down so that the official cars couldn’t pass. It was quite a sight.”
@TeaWeakXiangchu tweets, “A big leader came to Mount Baekdu today and stirred up a lot of excitement. Several hundred visitors waiting in line to ascend the mountain tussled with park officers, armed police and the like. All of the visitors got their tickets refunded.”
@SeaBlueMtnFox tweets, “[Rabble, It’s Enough!] #XiongYan#: Please don’t believe it when they say ‘serve the people.’ In this society, it’s serve the VIPs and let the big shots run wild. Your lot is to stew in anger and mutter your dissent, not to criticize. Who made you rabble then?!”