The eco-park, which was scheduled to reopen from renovation shortly, has been forced to stay shut after hundreds of tourists break in and strip away all its 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. But the park has been forced to remained closed for the rest of the year because hundreds of tourists had stripped it of its cherished lotus flowers, the main attraction at the park.
The news was reported by Red Star and also covered by various Chinese media houses, including the South China Morning Post who managed to take pictures of the park's surroundings following the destruction of the flowers. Still, it draws to question of the security and maintenance of a popular public property. How can so many tourists be allowed to do such a thing and get away with it? The lack of security and response from the watchers only seemed to suggest that most of the people who were in the park consented to the tourists causing this destruction.
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 Terminal. 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.
This means that a valuable place of relaxation and recreation has been ruined due to the acts of insensitive citizens. What's even more incredible is that this act was done by tourists. Such behavior only leads to the local populace getting angered over the actions of the visitors from other nations, might we begin to worry about the root of all xenophobia now?
“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 said. Zhou added that the construction work in the park was almost finished but that there was no point in reopening because there were virtually no flowers left. Now the local populace will be forced to wait for many long months before the park is reopened and blooming again.
Chinese tourists break into eco park, strip it of all its lotus flowers The Longqiao Cultural and Ecological Park in Sichuan, China, was due to reopen soon, but is now forced to stay closed for the remainder of the year after Chinese tourists picked all … https://t.co/7I4gOtVARW— News from Bangladesh (@banglanews_eng) July 4, 2019
Around 200 to 300 people a day are still believed to be breaking into the park and have forced management to increase the number of security patrols. Videos and photos of people picking lotus flowers have been circulated widely online and drawn 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.
Tourists broke into a park in China to steal lotus flowers. Now it has been forced to close because there were virtually none left.https://t.co/yqG9wb6FL1— Inkstone (@InkstoneNews) July 4, 2019
Philippines Daily Inquirer and Asia News Network reported that it is estimated that around 200 to 300 people a day are believed to be breaking into the eco-park, as per the report, with some even climbing high fences just to get to the lotus flowers.
Since around 200 to 300 people a day are still believed to be breaking into the park, they have forced management to increase the number of security patrols. Videos and photos of people picking lotus flowers have been circulated widely online and drawn much criticism from the public and officials alike.
As the flower-pickers have prompted widespread condemnation, it's time to reflect on the issue and wonder if we would do the same in their place. Plucking flowers from public property in such a manner results in the death of the flowers forever. Whereas, if left alone to bloom and shine in their natural setting, they provide beauty, color, and serenity to humans and animals alike.
SCMP: Chinese tourists strip eco park of all its lotus flowers. Longqiao Cultural & Ecological Park in Sichuan’s Lu county in #China says that there is no point in reopening because there were virtually no flowers left https://t.co/Z0emKGQU6B via @scmpnews— Patricia M Thornton (@PM_Thornton) July 3, 2019