Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Chinese eco park forced to stay shut after tourists strip away all its lotus flowers

PHOTO: Longqiao Cultural and Ecological Park in Sichuan province's Lu county have 250,000 square metres (62 acres) of lotus flowers. Since the start of the summer blossom season last month, hundreds of people have been breaking into the park to pick the flowers, forcing managers to keep it closed for the rest of the year.
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An ecological park in southwest China has been forced to close for the rest of the year because hundreds of tourists have stripped it of its celebrated lotus flowers.

Longqiao Cultural and Ecological Park in Sichuan province's Lu county has been closed since late March for watercourse construction and was due to reopen soon.

The park is well known for its sprawling fields of lotus flowers that cover around 250,000 square metres (62 acres) - an area larger than New York's grand central station.



Videos of groups of 'aunties' breaking into the park to pluck out its lotus flowers and bring them home have been circulating across China's web, drawing strong criticism from netizens.
PHOTO: Videos of groups of 'aunties' breaking into the park to pluck out its lotus flowers and bring them home have been circulating across China's web, drawing strong criticism from netizens.
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But since the start of the summer blossom season last month, hundreds of people have been breaking into the park to pick the flowers, forcing managers to keep it closed for the rest of the year.

"We cannot control the tourists. We can just guarantee we've done our job well. We've put notes on the park gate and near the flower field and we have security personnel on patrol as well," a member of staff surnamed Zhou said.



We cannot control the tourists. We can just guarantee we've done our job well.
PHOTO: "We cannot control the tourists. We can just guarantee we've done our job well. We've put notes on the park gate and near the flower field and we have security personnel on patrol as well," a member of staff surnamed Zhou said.
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Zhou added that the construction work in the park was almost finished but there was no point in reopening because there were virtually no flowers left.

Around two to three hundred people a day are still believed to be breaking into the park, and have forced management to increase the number of security patrols to ensure their safety.



Around two to three hundred people a day are still believed to be breaking into the park, and have forced management to increase the number of security patrols to ensure their safety.
PHOTO: Around two to three hundred people a day are still believed to be breaking into the park, and have forced management to increase the number of security patrols to ensure their safety.
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Videos and photos of people picking lotus flowers have been circulated widely online and drawn huge criticism.

"Even the highest fence cannot stop those without manners. It's like you can never wake up a person that pretends to sleep," one Weibo user commented.

"Only penalties can stop these greedy people," said another.



 According to South China Morning Post, the park has been closed since late March for watercourse construction.
PHOTO: According to South China Morning Post, the park has been closed since late March for watercourse construction. It will now remain closed for the rest of the year. Notices of the park's closure had been put up near its gates and the number of security personnel was increased, but that has not deterred tourists.
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How can we stripped away the flower!
PHOTO: "It's like you can never wake up a person that pretends to sleep."

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By South China Morning Post, 02 July 2019
This article was first published on South China Morning Post


Reference
[1] South China Morning Post, Chinese eco park forced to stay shut after tourists strip away all its lotus flowers, posted on 02 July 2019, https://www.asiaone.com/china/chinese-eco-park-forced-stay-shut-after-tourists-strip-away-all-its-lotus-flowers

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