ESWN: A New Chinese Tourist Mecca

From The EastSouthWestNorth blog

On BBC News, Francis Markus wrote on April 15, 2005:

“A Chinese village has become a tourist attraction after residents fought a pitched battle with police, who retreated after dozens were injured. … Residents say tens of thousands of people from nearby towns and cities have flocked each day to visit the site of last Sunday’s confrontation, in the village of Huaxi, in eastern China’s Zhejiang province.”

What will you see if you go there? Unfortunately, you are unlikely to be able go there to see for yourself. As Didi Kirsten Tatlow found out:

“On the way out of town, a siren started up behind us and a tannoy barked: “Pull over!” I was detained by police, my notes destroyed and pictures wiped from my camera. I have to sign a confession – I broke the relevant reporting regulations of the People’s Republic of China by going to Huaxi without asking for permission.”

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