Chinese heritage site adds speed bumps for brisk-walking tourists; Matt Hickman; Mother Nature Network

China – The Grand Canal

Authorities want hurried visitors to slow down and enjoy the scenery.

Considering all of the unexpected things that one might encounter at a UNESCO Heritage Site, the pedestrian speed bumps that now line a major footpath in the ancient Chinese canal town of Tai’erzhuang could very well be a first.

Purportedly installed by officials to slow the pace of fleet-footed visitors, 50 so-called “calming devices” almost completely blanket a 100-meter (328 foot) pedestrian pathway leading to this popular heritage site located along a picturesque stretch of the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal — the longest man-made waterway in the world and one of eastern China’s top tourism draws — in Zaozhuang, Shandong province.

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