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Trending in China: It’s Not the Destination, It’s the Journey – China’s Famous Roadside Rest Stops

Carol Yuan / Oct 09, 2020 05:18 PM / Trending Stories

What's trending?

During the National Day Holiday in China, the highway rest areas of Jiangsu Province have been trending because of good service, high-quality design, and the surrounding scenery.

What's the story?

As seen in photos online, highway rest areas in the southern province of Jiangsu have been developed with the same attention to detail as shopping malls, parks and scenic spots. The elegance of white walls and dark grey roof tiles, with bridges over flowing streams project a sense of tranquility to punctuate a busy journey. Some even show holographic projections, as well as live Kun opera performances, served along with local Su-style snacks. One rest area in Changzhou city even has a dinosaur theme.

The pictures of motorists enjoying themselves at these rest stops are a silver-lining to a period of traffic chaos and mile long traffic jams, as seen in other pictures and stories that have trended online during the Golden Week.

What are people saying online?

Netizens are full of praise for the rest areas and look forward to more areas across China adopting such designs – but in their own unique way. "The rest areas should reflect the characteristics of different cities, what's the point of making the areas in the whole country the same?" was one popular comment.

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