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Urinating, spitting and trampling flowers: Mainland papers slam Labour Day crowds

PUBLISHED : Monday, 05 May, 2014, 2:45pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 06 May, 2014, 4:43pm

Some of the people enjoying the Labour Day holiday in Beijing's parks plucked flowers from gardens, trampled over lawns, spat, and allowed their children to urinate in public, a mainland newspaper reported.

But nobody was punished for antisocial behaviour, it said.

Staff at the capital's park said the bad behaviour also included people camping on lawns at the city's botanical gardens, the Beijing Morning Post reported.

Security guards tried to reason with the campers and persuade them to leave, but many pretended not to hear, it said.

Passers-by said camping in the park sounded like a good idea and they wanted to try it.

At a tulip show in Zhongshan Park, 2,000 plants were trampled underfoot, the report said. Visitors often stepped into flower beds to take photos.

Instead of educating their children, some parents encouraged them to pick flowers and step in to take photos.

Parents also allowed their children to urinate in public, even though there were public toilets metres away. Nobody was available at the park to comment on the report yesterday.

Similar tales of bad behaviour were reported elsewhere on the mainland over the holiday.

In Zhejiang province, hammocks were spotted in the Shijiuyang wetland park, which cut deep marks into tree trunks, the Jiaxing Daily reported.

In Changchun in Jilin province, the New Culture Daily reported that the administrators of the Jingyuetan National Forest Park had to put up signs to stop visitors digging up wild vegetables.

In Hainan province, the Hainan Daily reported that seven names were written on a cactus at a volcanic geological park.

At a mangrove park, a visitor broke off branches because she wanted to plant them at home.

Zhu Liang, a member of the political advisory body in the capital, told the Beijing Morning Post authorities should consider tougher punishments for serious offences.

He said spitting or treading on lawns only warranted a caution from park staff, but damaging property or stealing plants should incur a fine. Zhu said parks should also use ropes as barriers to keep tourists away from flowers and plants. when people saw a barrier, they would not cross, he said.

"Some parents let their children urinate in public, right next to the restroom. Some bring their pets to parks where pets are not allowed," said Zhu.

"These must be in the minority. However, when you see them one after another, you have the impression that tourists are people of poor quality."

Video of a toddler urinating in a Mong Kok street in Hong Kong stirred a huge debate online last month about the behaviour of some mainland tourists.

In Hong Kong, people caught urinating or defecating in public can face fines of up to HK$5,000 and repeat offenders can be fined up to HK$10,000. Upholding the regulations is one of the responsibilities of about 570 officers, plus 2,200 hawker control teams.

The same offence in Beijing brings a fine of up to 50 yuan (HK$63).

Park staff in the capital told the Beijing Morning Post that fewer than 200 enforcement officers were assigned to 11 parks and that more than two million trips were made to the sites over the holiday period.

Zhou Bingde, the niece of former premier Zhou Enlai, said last week that she was embarrassed by some mainlanders' behaviour, and that fines were too low to be a deterrent.


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When you live in China. this is "normal". People just do whatever they want and if you try to stop them, they will attack you (especially if you are a foreigner). Traffic, same mess. Spitting and littering are normal (anyway, enough people paid to clean up the streets). Smoking in restaurants and bars is increasing (except in foreign-owned one, of course). Many Chinese act as if the world belongs to them and nobody is around. Long way to go in education. And now they also export their bad behavior.
Dai Muff
Why do these apologists for mainland bad behaviour ALWAYS pull out the "two wrongs make a right argument"? The people working in Beijing's park are not foreigners, so quit the "Quick, look over there" commentary. It's just racist and stupid. Sadly, in this defence of anti-social and selfish behaviour Bo Yang's 醜陋的中國人 ("The Ugly Chinaman and the Crisis of Chinese Culture") is just as relevant today as the day it was written.
Mainland Chinese tourists have a reputation of peeing and sh*ting in public.
Is this an example of China's "soft power"?
And the worst of all: THEY REPRODUCE!!!!!!!
Personally I would prefer they stay in their toilet and not make our home a toilet, Andy. If you like it so much, go live in their toilet. No one is forcing you to stay here.
Dai Muff
Ah, the 50 cent racists are back. This is not about race. It is about lack of culture in our own culture. This is mainland press criticising mainland tourists.
I love how all these people talking about how foreigners behave are so clearly prejudiced they obviously never mix with any.
I guess you never visited the Mainland, so you never saw the drunken locals, spitting and smoking, treating the service people like animals, sitting in bars shouting and drinking madly. If you go to Beijing Sanlitun you would know. Or go to Gongti Xi Lu to see how they behave after midnight. Yes, some foreigners misbehave. Ask the service people who treats them better, locals or foreigners. Then you'll know. But maybe you don't talk to "those" people.
Results of Culture Revolution.. :) The doctors are even smoking outside surgery room.. can you top that?
Way to stay on message, "andypl"...what's the matter, having problems getting girls to take you seriously?
Dai Muff
Depends what they eat.



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