China Daily had a story about a drunk tank that specializes in handling smashed, hammered, plastered, zooed, chai’d and three sheets to the winded foreign tourists – Foreigners have a place to dry out in Kunming.
The [alcohol detoxification] unit run by Kunming First People’s Hospital was set up especially for foreigners on January 16. The move was initiated after many foreign visitors were found drunk on the streets, Yunnan Daily reports.
I don’t think Beijing should take this lying down, shakily leaning against a wall, or even slightly slumped over a chair after one too many. Trust me, this city has more drunk foreigners that the good folks in Kunming could imagine in their wildest dreams. All it would require to raise our city to the pantheon of drunk tanks would be to block a few streets leading into Sanlitun and roof the whole area with a cheap plastic tarp. Not only would this protect Beijing’s general population, but it would also represent an aesthetic improvement for Sanlitun.
(I first spotted this story on Chris Waugh’s blog.)