Ferrari parade in Guangzhou angers locals

PUBLISHED : Friday, 23 November, 2012, 11:53am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 27 November, 2012, 9:56am

It was a treat for car lovers when 130 Ferrari cars drove through the streets of Guangzhou on Thursday.

But others thought Guangzhou’s “Ferrari Carnival” was an inappropriate display of wealth. This is because many people are still mourning the recent deaths of five homeless children in Guizhou, a less affluent province.

The motorcade, consisting of 130 new Ferrari cars, started in the city’s new central business district, Zhujiang New Town. The cars then drove for 11.2 kilometres before reaching their destination: Guangzhou Tower.

A minor collision between two of cars occurred on busy Guangzhou Avenue, causing a major traffic jam, local media reported.

People are also annoyed by the city’s decision to ban private cars to make room for the Ferraris. Buses were asked to miss stops on some major routes.

“It’s an abuse of tax payer’s money when police cars are used to escort a fleet of Ferraris,” Xiang Xianjun, a Guangzhou resident said on Sina Weibo, China’s twitter-like service.

Xiang said the the carnival was particularly “vulgar” and “insensitive” because the five homeless children had died in a garbage bin.

Referring to the two-car collision, another Weibo user said: “They deserved it.”