If you are a foreigner in Kunming, Yunnan, but cannot hold your drink,
there's help waiting for you at an alcohol detoxification unit.
The unit run by Kunming First People's Hospital was set up especially for
foreigners on January 16. The move was initiated after many foreign visitors
were found drunk on the streets, Yunnan Daily reports.
Kunming First People's Hospital opens an alcohol detoxification center for
foreigners. Wang Yuheng
Kunming is a hot tourist destination, with the
number of foreign visitors last year reaching 50,000. Police handled 19 cases of
drunkenness by foreigners during the year.
English-speaking medical workers and
policemen in the capital of Yunnan Province will coordinate to offer help and
detoxification services to foreigners either voluntarily or out of necessity.
Kunming First People's Hospital opens
an alcohol detoxification center for foreigners. Wang
"The service, first of its kind in the country targeting foreigners, will be
rendered in collaboration with police," hospital vice-director Liu Yuming said
recently. "Police involvement will make the handling of foreign drunkards
The unit has not yet received a patient, Liu said. But with an increasing
number of foreigners making a beeline for the city, it won't be long before it
gets a few, a police officer in Xishan District Zhao Jian said.
Zhao gave the example of a foreigner found dead drunk on a sidewalk, with all
his belongings, including passport and wallet, missing, to explain the problem.
"The detoxification service will help prevent such cases, and assure
foreigners have a peaceful stay in Kunming," he said.
After a trial run in Xishan District, which gets lots of foreigners, police
plan to extend the service to the entire city, Zhao said.
But not everyone agrees with Kunming's method. Oliver Robinson, night life
editor of That's Beijing, said that some foreigners did lose count of their
drinks in China.
But "it's okay to just send them home, and the service, a nice idea, though,
is not necessary".