RV Travel Conflicts with Chinese Culture?
Amid all the publicity surrounding MVP RV Inc.’s mammoth deal to build 30,000 motorhomes for a growing market in China comes an alternative viewpoint from none other than Chinese travel experts.
The China People’s Daily reported today (Jan. 25) in its online edition that so far the country has less than 10,000 motorhomes, most of which are used in the entertainment business for mobile dressing rooms, said Shangguan Zhoudong, a Beijing-based independent auto analyst.
“People rarely use RVs as a way to travel long distances in China, because Chinese culture does not nurture a spirit of adventure, as most people value stability,” the auto analyst stated.
The Chinese are more accustomed to driving sedans or SUVs and staying overnight at hotels while traveling, said Cui Dongshu, deputy secretary-general of the National Passenger Car Association.
This report butts heads with a statement distributed today by the Los Angeles Times and attributed to MVP RV benefactor Winston Chung. The Times reported that Chug said the Chinese government has placed a focus on developing the RV industry as a cornerstone of the Chinese ideal of the happy home life.
“A family with an RV is a family more in harmony with each other,” he said, speaking through a translator. “During vacations, people can get into the RV and enjoy quality family time.”