Guangzhou celebrates - quietly

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 20 October, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 20 October, 2009, 12:00am

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the People's Republic of China and the Mid-Autumn Festival, some Guangzhou parks held shows and events, but many drew criticism from the public for being too expensive or not interesting enough.

The Guangzhou Culture Park, for example, hosted a lantern exhibition but charged all visitors to the park 4 yuan (HK$4.50) during the show, drawing complaints from many locals.

'The park is free at other times,' said Chen Jinlian, who came to the park with her grandson. 'I don't understand why I have to pay for a ticket during the National Day Holiday.'

A park administrator who declined to provide his name explained that hosting the traditional lantern show required a lot of money and the park would have been unable to put on the show without charging entry.

But some visitors said the entry charge was not worth it, as the lantern show was not as spectacular as in previous years.

'The display is just so-so,' said park visitor Du Deyan. 'It didn't really leave a deep impression.'

Yuexiu Park, Guangzhou's largest, drew criticism from the public for not being able to put on displays for the National Day holiday. The park only hosted displays of calligraphy and painting and was generally scorned for its lack of a festive atmosphere. A spokesperson said adding more attractions during the holidays was impossible and unnecessary.

'First of all we do not receive revenues from ticket sales, so we lack the money to make extra attractions. Another reason is our park ... never seems to be short of crowds ... so attracting more people would add on to the workload of our staff,' he said.