Some Western men who date Chinese ladies might be surprised when they hear that a dinosaur exhibit in Beijing has been turned into a wishing well. When you date someone from another culture, their customs and superstitions might seem strange to you, and this is certainly one of those times.
At the Museum of Natural History in Beijing, visitors have begun tossing money at the skeleton of a dinosaur in hopes of getting good fortune and health in return.
Conservationists have criticized the museum for allowing people to put coins and bills through the gaps in the glass display case, arguing that these acts could damage the fossilized Lotosaurus adcentus. The museum doesn’t seem to be bothered by it and has not made an effort to stop the wishing well activities.
Zhou Ying, director of the museum, doesn’t see the harm in it and cannot see how the “dinosaur wishing well exhibit” could be detrimental to the fossil itself. “Believers might be tossing coins in the container for health or wealth purposes,” he explains.
Archaeologists have a much stronger opinion, and some have even denounced the museum for these practices. Many people feel the same way, claiming that this could lower the museum’s cultural level and might even diminish people’s appreciation of the exhibit.
As interesting and strange as this phenomenon may be, it is worth considering other superstitions that Chinese ladies – and men – might have. The differences between Chinese culture and Western culture are vast, so before entering into a romantic relationship, we recommend learning as much about the other’s culture and customs as possible. The dinosaur exhibits across the land thank you!