Local businesses thrive on Chinese visitors

Published on : Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Chinese visitorsLu Yi, the best-dressed hostess in the casually dressed town of Cody, was standing inside the door at China Town restaurant located on Sheridan Avenue sporting an impressive smile along with welcoming words that went beyond “Ni hao” to her guests.

Though visitors were not surprised to be welcomed in Chinese language, however, 30 exhausted travelers had spent last days only eating American fast food.

In Mandarin Chinese, Ni hao or nee-how means hello. One can find the description of various special dishes offered in the welcoming speech of Yi.

Though Yi is the only local resident who can converse fluently in Chinese language, the China Town buffet is the ideal example of local business responding and profiting from constant growth Cody Chinese tourism.

Back in time, when Chinese skylines had mainly two-story buildings and major part of society was deprived and agrarian based. Now, the country is one of the most explosive economies in the world.

Huge number of tourists visits Cody with a wish to explore Yellowstone National Park, buses full of vacationing Chinese visitors either halts for some time and enjoy afternoon stay or spend one night. Short-time vacationers eat and run. Tourists belonging to the age group of 30, 40 or 50, enjoy a meal with more familiar main courses than provided by Hardees, Kentucky Fried Chicken or Taco Bell.


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