Get out your cash, honey, it’s the famous robbers!

January 16, 2009

Blog Guy, I’m planning a month-long trip to China. It’s the dream trip of a lifetime. I’m going all over by bus, and I want all the tips you can give me. Give me all the insider stuff, rich with tiny details!

Sure. Don’t get off the bus in Foshan.

Um, it’s not that I’m not grateful, but I thought you might have more advice. And why shouldn’t I get off the bus in Foshan?

Apparently the entire Foshan population hangs around the bus station with machetes, waiting to rob you.

Look at these photos. The streets are filled with handcuffed “suspected robbers” as far as the eye can see.

Well, wait a minute. According to my guidebook, Foshan is FAMOUS for its suspected robbers! If you think I’m going to miss a sight like that, you’re nuts! Anyway, you do suggest I see the Great Wall?

Nah, compared with the Foshan bus station robbery experience, the Wall is a let-down.

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Suspected robbers lie on the ground after being arrested near a bus station in Foshan, Guangdong province January 13, 2009. Local police stormed and arrested some 18 suspects. REUTERS/ China Daily.

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What, are there no fines for littering in that town? I guess not if the cops are going to leave their garbage all over the place…