Crazy Rich Swiss

Chinese tourists are flocking to Switzerland, and apparently it is not an unmitigated blessing to the locals, as officials are now running “special” train service up Mt. Rigi (in the Lucerne area) for “Asians”!

Not that they are racist or anything:

“Despite the special service, the Mt. Rigi railway station authority reiterated that they welcome Chinese visitors”

do go on, railway station authority:

“It also pointed out that increasing number of Chinese travelers may make the local people feel uneasy to some extent” but “the increase in the number of special trains has nothing to do with discrimination against Asian people, particularly Chinese people.”

so glad they cleared that up!

However:

“Swiss authorities will improve the cleaning of the washing rooms and designate certain spots, including a huge stone sent from China’s Mt. Emei in July this year, for Chinese tourists to take photos.”

Oh my.

Back in my days of wandering Europe, it was the Japanese that knotted the Swiss panties. Time marches on I guess.

In the end though, I really don’t understand what all the fuss is about.

After all, the best way up Mt. Rigi is by foot!

Asia Deja Vu

It’s back to the future in the far east.

First comes word that Kim Jong number Un is partying like it’s 1949, air-brushing his victims out of official photos. Do you think they have photoshop in the Hermit Kingdom?

Second, Singapore flashed back to 1969 with its first riot in over 40 years. Just like the earlier one it was racial/ethnic in origin.