Ever wanted to visit the Star Plucking Tower or the White Gold Splendid Palace?
Well, now you can…
A $2.5 million tourism campaign to bring more Chinese to the United Kingdom has produced some funny new monikers for 101 landmarks, and events.
British tourism agency VisitBritain ran a 10-week-long social media contest on WeChat and Weibo, and received 13,000 suggestions from the Chinese public.
By giving these famous attractions a Mandarin name, the aim is to double the number of Chinese visitors to the UK by 2020. Nearly 200,000 already Chinese travel to the UK each year, spending around $770 million.
Here are some of the highlights:
Stone Henge or Ju Shi Zhen (Huge Stone Clusters)
Big Ben or Da Ben Zhong (Big Dumb Clock)
The Gherkin or Xiao Huang Gua (Pickled Little Cucumber)
Buckingham Palace or Bai Jin Han Gong (White Gold Splendid Palace)
Llanfairpwllgwyngyll or Jian Feu Cun (Healthy Lung Village)
The Shard or Zhai Xing Ta (Star Plucking Tower)
The Highland Games or Qun Ying Hui (Strongman Skirt Party)
And here are a couple of extra ones for your amusement—these British icons already had Chinese names before the contest!
Benedict Cumberbatch or Curly Fu
Mr Bean or Han Dou (Funny Beans)
Research by Lulu