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Have a Happy Meal in a Pagoda: McDonalds Invades Scenic China

Where: Yangshuo, China
April 2, 2010 at 4:13 PM | by | ()

In our travels, we've seen fast food chains spreading faster than Avian Flu, and of course McDonald's leads the pack with locations as diverse as the Israeli desert, an ancient Roman site, and even the Museum of Communism in Prague. But never have we seen one in a Chinese village...with its own scenic bridge and pagoda neighbor.

A reader actually discovered the curious place, and although he doesn't admit to stopping in for some McNuggets, he does give plenty of info on the destination:

This picture was taken in Yangshuo, province of Guangxi, China, a place famous for its amazing karst landscape and a haven for rock-climbers and backpackers from all over the world.

In recent years, with the development of Chinese domestic tourism and the growing number of foreign tourists, it has more or less turned into a small Disneyland.

We're actually thinking that it looks like a beautiful place for a wedding, since everyone loves outdoor pavilions, bridges and mirror-like lakes. Hmm...but if the area is a haven for backpackers and villagers, we wonder what special affordable treats they might offer on the menu. Guess we'll just have to go and find out.

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[Photo: Jerome Bouchaud]

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