Given today’s touchy political landscape, Lonely Planet might’ve just made the most hilariously offensive – and timely – gaffe in recent memory.
The global travel guide made the error on a video titled ‘World’s Greenest places’ which labeled the Banaue Rice Terraces as having been ‘first built around 2,000 years ago by the Chinese.’
If you paid attention even just for a lil bit in your history classes, you would know that it’s actually the Ifugao who built the Terraces with ‘minimal equipment, largely by hand.’
The vid has since been taken down, but an eagled eye netizen managed to screengrab the error.
Dear @lonelyplanet , the Banaue Rice Terraces were built by Filipino indigenous people, not by the Chinese. (Screengrabbed from a video posted in Lonely Planet’s facebook page) pic.twitter.com/HzHlOuE3we
— Jose Ruperto Martir (@AltPCOOSec) March 30, 2019
It seems like the gaffe isn’t just exclusive to the video. Lonely Planet’s website also claims that the famed tourist spot was built by the Chinese.
Lonely Planet has since acknowledged their mistake, saying that they will ‘take a further look into it’.
Thank you for flagging this, we’ll share this with our editors who’ll take a further look into it. We’ll share updates/action points on this thread.
— Lonely Planet (@lonelyplanet) March 31, 2019
Don’t get too excited LP. PH isn’t a province of China… yet.