Chinese tourists shamed online for ravaging cherry blossom trees for photos
A yearly tradition like no other
Spring is here and flowers are in bloom… and, unfortunately, in shambles.
In a yearly tradition like no other, Chinese tourists are being shamed on social media yet again for massacring blossoming trees for their own selfies.
A clip from Pear Video shows one man at Nanjing’s Xuanwu Lake shaking a cherry blossom tree so that its blossoms fall down around a pair of women posing for a photo.
Another clip shows a kid climbing up a tree and vigorously shaking its branches.
A staff member at the scenic area said that while patrols have been increased, it is impossible for them to place a security guard under every tree.
Meanwhile, over in Wuhan, another tourist has been shamed for climbing over fences to violently and gleefully shake some of the extremely popular cherry blossom trees on the campus of Wuhan University, the South China Morning Post reports.
Of course, exposing these “uncivilized acts” online appears to be doing little to stop the problem. Back in 2016, Chinese tourists were infamously ridiculed on the Japanese news after being caught on camera climbing on Japan’s iconic cherry trees.