Food and drinks sold at many Chinese tourist spots are often notoriouslypriced higher than their market price. But there are always exceptions. Anational geological park in central China is winning hearts during the NationalDay holiday week by offering "one-buck lunch meal.
Mt. Laojun Mountain National Geological Park, located in Luoyang City,central China's Henan Province welcomed thousands of tourists with a bowl fullof noodle soup almost for free.
As swarms of tourists lined up for the lunch service, they were greetedwith a transparent donation box asking people to toss in just one yuan (0.15 USdollars) for the tasty meal.
"One-yuan lunch, no cashier. Pay consciously and help yourself withchanges," read a note on the donation box.
The lunch meal consisted of a bowl of noodle soup, a sausage and a steamedbun. Staff cooked the meal with local food ingredients which were affordableregional specialties, China News reported.
"To offer visitors a bite of warm food is to share our sincere andheartfelt welcome," said Gao Hong, deputy manager of the scenic park. Heexplained that charging tourists one buck is just a tactic to prevent foodwaste.
Many visitors applauded the park's effort, with some voluntarily payingextra for the food.
On Monday, a total of 1,200 tourists queued for the lunch treat, while thepark received 1,275 yuan from the cash box.
"One yuan for a bowl of noodle soup, a sausage and a bun is so worthy," alocal visitor told China News. "I decided to pay five extra bucks since they'veoffered us such a good treat.
"Food price keeps rising in other tourist spots," another tourist fromnorth China's Hebei Province said. "I've never seen a food meal service likethis.
Laojun Mountain's "one-buck lunch meal" has set the social media platformsbuzzing with heated discussions. While some netizens believed the service wasjust another marketing scam, others praised the park for offering food at areasonable price.
"Some tourist spots charge 10 yuan for a bottle of water. This is honestbusiness," a netizen commented on Chinese social media platform Weibo.