Thursday, 18. September 2014
05. 08. 14. - 15:00
With a population of 1.35 billion it is hardly surprising that there are plenty of customers for the growing number of tourism attractions in China, as these snaps of tourists hiring inflatable dinghies at a newly opened activity centre show.
Ever since doors opened for dinghy hire outside the city of Sanmenxia, which lies on the Yellow River in western China’s Henan Province, business has quite literally been flooding in.
And with very few rules governing the way the rafting companies operate, it has led to a mass of boats being launched onto the river with little regard for how many are already on there and how many are coming after.
In the recent summer heatwave those looking for something cool as a way of spending the summer has brought an additional flood of people to the river, many of whom said they were hoping to escape the crushes on the beaches.
The Yellow River is China's third longest river after the Yangtze and Yenisei, and as a result is a popular end destination for people looking to cool down. And despite the high visibility vests and headgear, it still does not look like anything for the faint-hearted.
These pictures showed the rafting trips, advertised as bumper cars for summer, with the rafters blocking one another and tail-backed as far as the eye could see.
Tourism in China has greatly expanded over the last few decades but there are still far more people for the limited tourist attractions especially with the newly moneyed middle classes. Plus, difficulties are caused by the fact that millions of foreign visitors are also now packing into the country ever since the market opened up for outsiders.
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