Tourists ring an ornamental pool at Baotu Spring Park, Jinan, Shandong province, in eastern China. A spokesman has appealed to visitors to end the practice of tossing coins in its waters for luck, saying they cause pollution. Photo: Shutterstock Tourists ring an ornamental pool at Baotu Spring Park, Jinan, Shandong province, in eastern China. A spokesman has appealed to visitors to end the practice of tossing coins in its waters for luck, saying they cause pollution. Photo: Shutterstock
Tourists ring an ornamental pool at Baotu Spring Park, Jinan, Shandong province, in eastern China. A spokesman has appealed to visitors to end the practice of tossing coins in its waters for luck, saying they cause pollution. Photo: Shutterstock

‘Lucky’ coins that visitors throw into Chinese spring risk polluting the water, staff warn

  •  A man’s theft of ‘lucky’ coins tourists throw into the water at Baotu Spring Park has drawn fresh attention to the practice, and its staff’s attempt to ban it
  • They have cleared coins from the spring, made famous by the Qianlong Emperor, 29 times in three years, collecting US$9,300, and say enough is enough

Topic |   Chinese tourists
Tourists ring an ornamental pool at Baotu Spring Park, Jinan, Shandong province, in eastern China. A spokesman has appealed to visitors to end the practice of tossing coins in its waters for luck, saying they cause pollution. Photo: Shutterstock Tourists ring an ornamental pool at Baotu Spring Park, Jinan, Shandong province, in eastern China. A spokesman has appealed to visitors to end the practice of tossing coins in its waters for luck, saying they cause pollution. Photo: Shutterstock
Tourists ring an ornamental pool at Baotu Spring Park, Jinan, Shandong province, in eastern China. A spokesman has appealed to visitors to end the practice of tossing coins in its waters for luck, saying they cause pollution. Photo: Shutterstock
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