Ok so this started because I did a ride yesterday that I’d been looking forward to doing for a while, there’s a part of the great wall that you can actually ride your motorbike onto. I just couldn’t miss out on something like that. A friend has done it twice before, and it’s detailed on some of the motorbike forums in China.
I posted some photos up on Chinese social media, and I instantly got a whole bunch of people commenting, ‘wow that’s great, how can I go? I really want to do this too…’ etc.
From both Chinese and foreign riders alike.
So I posted the information on one of the motorbike groups for Chinese and foreigners using WeChat (Chinese social media)
For example, you can’t look at this and not be intrigued:
Absolutely amazing views, and such a hidden and interesting ride, and on top of it all, nice to get out of Beijing and do something that not many people have done.
Most people were just like ‘wow…yes…I’m doing that’
And then you always get one, one person that feels it’s his/ her duty to stand up for those that didn’t ask standing up for… and just generally to be ‘the voice of reason’ when reason was not called for…or actually constitutes ‘reason’
Which….starts me off on a rant about such douchebags.
So what was actually said:
-I don’t want to be a dick so I’m only going to put it out there. You think riding a bike on an already crumbling world heritage site is a good idea? I’m all for exploring and I’ve ridden out that way many times but for me I’d rather hike it than bike it. [Awkward]
-Yeah it’s a good idea
-Like many Chinese friends have said to me, you think too much
I dislike these comments so much because there’s too many things to pull apart and analyse and to shout at this person at, that you inevitably end up just stating such a brief point, like ‘is it a good idea….nanh nah nah?’ ‘yeah it is’ translation- shut the hell up you moron.
“I don’t want to be a dick, but…”
“I don’t want to do ____ but…”
Well we know you’re instantly going to do whatever ___ is.
“I’m not racist, but…” You know whatever comes next is going to be racist right? Oh what and because the person has clarified up front, it makes it instantly acceptable?
No， it means the person stating this shit is unsure how its going to be taken….
How about you have some adventure and if you think the Great Wall is worth saving how about you complain to the gov that’s been destroying it through ‘restoring it’ for the last 20 years or so??
” I prefer to hike it than bike it”
What?, you think because it rhymes it adds strength to your argument?
No, fuck off.
“Do you really think it‘s a good idea?”
Yes, motherfucker I do.
Did I mention Baam !
And its crumbling because
1. It was built with shit materials in some parts… and
2. Because people have been stealing bricks for centuries to make walls for their farms etc. Because guess what?
They were too poor to get normal materials.
And who’s fault is that?
Because they decided to park a motorbike there decades later?
No. Fuck off.
Learn some real history and some modern happenings.
And don‘t let your Chinese wife influence your opinion with her propaganda tainted mind.
All those propaganda tales that the government came out with, like documentaries stating ‘oh yeah you can see the great wall from space’
‘The chief engineer in charge of the wall at the time calculated down to the brick just how many bricks were needed for the completion of the wall’
‘it really showcases the prowess of Chinese construction knowledge’
Just think about that for a moment, instead of doing the usually Chinese thing and just believing it straight away. First of all …you’re American, you don’t have the fall-back excuse of a crap education system that doesn’t teach ‘why?’ or critical thinking.
In fact if you don’t apply critical thinking….that’s just dumb.
You can see it from space? Bitch please… you can’t even see it from the horizon, there’s too much pollution, or ‘fog’ and its way too deteriorated anyway; its not a wide wall, most of the time its as wide as the width of 3 cars parked side by side.
Can you see cars from space?
Then you can’t see the fucking wall, can you?
See…. Critical thinking.
You can….probably….probably see the mountain range… , but that’s not the wall is it?
And ‘the Chief engineer calculated it down to the last brick just how many bricks were needed, and as proof he made one extra and then placed it on top of the wall in a certain area to showcase his achievement’
That kind of claim is just so beyond stupid, it’s so beyond trying to understand it, it’s so ignorant to the history that is the Great Wall…. that to recite something like that makes me feel sad.
Sure, lets go with ‘he calculated it’ Sure, but he could have just calculated it incorrectly. That way you can still claim that you ‘calculated it’
you can claim something, but other should looks carefully at what you’re claiming.
As beautiful as this is, and it is beautiful, do you really think these ‘bricks’ were part of the whole ‘calculation’??
Oh yeah and the history of the wall…. it wasn’t built in one go, it was built over dynasties, in irregular locations as well.
How do people believe this kind of obviously fake claims?
Americans… well I guess they have a fall-back of some rather dodgy public school systems too.