A guidebook for tourists in China’s Shanghani provinces said that the country’s most famous Shanghans are “wandering tourists” who have been “spotted” by local officials and have not been paid.
The book said that a few years ago, officials in Shanghali had found “many tourists who were travelling around Shanghanyi, who had not paid the fee for entrance to the temple” and that a “small number of them” were found at a “sunny spot” outside the temple.
They are “fleeing to China, but not without the help of their families and friends,” the book said.
Shanghani tourism is booming in recent years, with China accounting for more than 80% of all visitors to the country, according to the tourism ministry.
It’s estimated that more than 10 million tourists visited China in 2016, compared with just 7.7 million in 2015, according a 2017 study.
The tour guides’ book said there is “no doubt that Shanghai tourism is a lucrative enterprise.”
It’s expected that the book will be on display at the National Museum of Shanghayas in Beijing on Wednesday.