Beijing's New Musical Road Plays Patriotic Tune

By Justine Lopez, November 10, 2016

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Sometimes Beijing can be a quirky place to live. At this point nothing surprises us, there are dinosaurs riding the subway, scantily clad milkmaids walking cows down the streets, creepy talking humanoid robots. So the fact that Beijing is now home to a musical road just doesn’t surprise us. 

That’s right. A 300-meter stretch of mountain road, located in the scenic area of Xizhuangdian Village near Qianlingshan Park, was recently transformed into a musical wonderland thanks to a creative designer, South China Morning Post reports.

The road has been installed with “rumble strips” that were placed two to three centimeters apart. There are roughly 50 of these strips. And when they're driven on they produce a delightful patriotic melody. And here we thought driving was boring. 

To hear the tune, drivers must maintain a speed of 35-40 km/hr and they will hear “Ode to the Motherland” play for 30 seconds. 

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The road was originally used for transporting coal to a now-defunct mine but has long been abandoned. However, at the beginning of the year a few residents in the area had the idea to transform the road into a musical attraction that connects to Qianlingshan Park.

[Image via National Geographic]

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