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Chinese Investors Want Town To Have More Attractions For Potential Visitors

Thursday August 8 2013

Mary Lui Mary Lui

CHINESE investors want to build a 24-hour shopping centre or authentic Chinese restaurant in the hope of attracting visitors from their country to Barnsley.

Mary Lui, 58, from Beijing, has returned to Barnsley to gather information to take back to the investors in September.

She said the investors were 'disappointed' to learn there wasn't much to attract the Chinese and said she had considered suggesting a 24-hour shopping centre, a five-star authentic Chinese restaurant and even a health centre.

"There are a lot of questions from the investors, like what would bring Chinese people here? They asked what the vision for the community was and what the population was," Mary said.

"Chinese visitors like midnight shopping, karaoke and massage, not bars and drinking.

"But they can't find it here in Barnsley. They were a bit disappointed when I said there wasn't much here.

"They want to know what the community's vision is, whether there's anything creative or a tax-free zone that people can go to."

She also said Chinese tourists would need an authentic Chinese restaurant, though it was difficult to get a top chef from China because it's tough to get a work permit.

Mary is looking at ways to attract Chinese people to the town to celebrate Hudson Taylor, who is credited with taking Christianity to China and revered by millions of people there.

There are now 70 million Chinese Christians, many of whom will want to visit his birth place, said Mary.

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Reply Posted by Collet on Thursday August 8 2013 at 11:21
It sounds like avery good idea to me,I spent two years in Hong Kong,it was an incredible place.twenty four hour of top class living,the food was out of this world,but apart from that any investment in this run darn oil of a drinking cultured tarn should be welcomed

Reply Posted by WTF on Thursday August 8 2013 at 11:32
24 hour shopping in the town that shuts at 5 that will be interesting LOL.

Reply Posted by hmm on Thursday August 8 2013 at 11:51
hey will mean more people in town at late :D

Reply Posted by james hudson taylor on Thursday August 8 2013 at 11:34
This is a none story through and through, the actual facts are that Mary Lui is "considering suggesting a 24 hour shopping centre to potential investors"

I don't even know who this Mary Lui person is, they keep peddling her out every time they want an opinion on the very vague JHT chinese tourist link. She's basically said anyway there is nothing here for tourists anyway so when she goes back to investors in beijing I reckon that would be enough for them to realise its probably not worth investing.

It's time these local idiots banging on about James Hudson Taylor saying 70 million Chinese want to see where he was from just piped down. There is no evidence for this, yes he came from barnsley and that is the whole story, he lived here for a bit and left there's not much more to say

In real terms that means nothing.

Reply Posted by Paul c on Thursday August 8 2013 at 14:13
I totally agree with you! I am from Barnsley and have lived in China for the last 5 years or so and believe me, the Chinese don't give a toss about James Hudson Taylor - Not unless he can supply Gucci or Prada handbags! Apart from that, why would investors from Beijing be interested in investing money in Barnsley? Be nice if money was spent on the town but just cannot see anything like that happening.

Reply Posted by james hudson taylor on Thursday August 8 2013 at 16:38
Thank you Paul, there you go an INFORMED opinion, current Chinese tourists are mainly interested in our capitalist lifestyle being that they were locked behind the red curtain for so many years.

I too would like to see more people here as tourists but clutching at straws and making stuff up ain't going to make it happen.

Reply Posted by aggiedevilchild on Thursday August 8 2013 at 12:15
yh Y not mre crime that's wot barnsley really need's r8t now dnt blame us if it all goes wong

Reply Posted by mae brussel on Thursday August 8 2013 at 22:40
I think it is a great idea.
Im all for taking the piss like barnsley council.
They are worse than the simpsons for comedy

Reply Posted by Patricia on Monday August 12 2013 at 06:48
Everything is food places and pubs, they alter markets ,take car parking space away to put up a vile object, where are the places for people to work, Barnsley used to be a good Town, the people came from all over the country to shop, now they are empty and the rents are so bad the market stall are going, we'll have a ghost Town, It's time to put the Pride back give people work they know how to do, not working in a bar or food place,