When the Chinese Come to Town

Lock down all your traditional handicrafts workshops!

Visitors to Damascus can no longer visit the shisha/hookah/arkileh workshops, they’re off limits to tourists now. but why? one might ask. The story goes as such: one day Chinese tourists go visit one of those workshops with cameras and camcorders, regular tourist gear. Nothing scary there, yet!

The next thing the craftsmen know, and to their own dismay, is that China is flooding world markets with the same product at a cheaper price effectively taking a huge chunk of their market share. The only thing the poor guys could do do is ban all people from visiting their workshops in the hopes of preventing a future infiltrator from copying their trade secrets James Bond style.

After this unfortunate incident it is advised that craftsmen go after any camera-wielding-tourists with a stick. Unless, of course they make canes for a living. This is necessary to help the competitiveness  the national industry sector, well except for the tourism industry I guess.

Where will they strike next?




  1. Sasa says:

    That’s incredible.

  2. jilliancyork says:

    Holy shit! But how unsurprising really. Is there anything Chinese industry hasn’t ripped off?

  3. Batoul says:

    Damn it! Now they’re going to give me trouble with my camera in Damascus? la22222 :(

  4. […] Anas reports that some unscrupulous visitors are taking photos of handmade products in the markets so that Chinese manufacturers can copy them and destroy ancient Syrian trades. It’s causing quite a stir, with some Damascene traders getting angry with foreign photographers. […]

  5. Adrianna Tan says:

    haha, does this have anything to do with the story i told you?

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