Famous Taiwan plant becomes mainland tourist “message board”
The agave plants inside Taiwan Taitung City’s well-known “Water Runs Up” Botanical Garden scenic spot are being damaged by tourists. 500 leaves on 30 agave plants have had words and messages carved onto them by tourists using dried branches and other tools, with few left untouched. The park’s cleaner/custodian claims many mainland tourists treat the agave plants as a Taiwan tourist message board.
According to Taiwan’s “United Daily News” report, on the 22nd, a reporter saw on site a group of tourists from Zhangjiajie [a city in Hunan province] on the mainland at the botanical gardens taking photos, with one person shouting “there are words carved on the leaves” as if discovering a new continent and the rest of the tour members all crowding around.
On the leaf, someone had written “Henan province Wang Gang”, “Nanjing Xiao Su was here”, as well as “beautiful scenery of green hills and white clouds” written in simplified characters.
Some of the leaves had even been repeatedly carved in, with one leave having old traces of “2010” with a more recently written “2012 April 13th”.
One mainland tourist while looking through the leaves said: “See if there are any also from our Zhangjiajie [a Hunan province city].” Not long later, an excited shout: “There really are!” The mainland tourist group that had been taking photos collectively turned their heads to take photos of the “agave message board”.
“Carving messages and leaving names often happens, with mainland tourists doing it the most.” A “Water Flows Upward” Scenic Area custodian expressed that they often see mainland tourists using dried branches or rocks to carve messages on the agave leaves, and of the various flora in the botanical gardens, tourists have the most “affection” for the agave because its leaves are relatively larger and easier to carve on.
The custodian said this kind of situation has been happening for over two years and that the botanical gardens have put up “don’t step on the grass” and “don’t climb on or break the trees and plants” signs but the tourists ignore them, going onto the grass and entering the flower and plant areas at will, climbing on and breaking trees and plants or carving messages. They’ve even had serious arguments happen in the past for stopping mainland tourist groups from going into the grass and plants to take photos.
The Zhangjiajie mainland tour group said that even if on the leaves are written Henan, Nanjing or simplified characters, it can’t be determined that it was done by mainland tourists, “maybe someone is intentionally trying to frame us.”
East Coast Scenic Area Administration Department Deputy Chief Lin Weiling said the “Water Runs Up” scenic area encompasses 667 hectares and there is only one police officer stationed there, so its difficult to protect the entire park. However the practice of message carving cannot go on, and they will strengthen the ban in the future, as well as ask travel agencies and tour guides to supervise, and if similar damaging behavior is discovered, they will be fined.
A cartoon from Hexun:
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The most SB message to leave when traveling is “XX was here”!!! Who knows who you are SB!? Doing this will only make people despise you!!!
“The Zhangjiajie mainland tour group said that even if on the leaves are written Henan, Nanjing or simplified characters, it can’t be determined that it was done by mainland tourists, ‘maybe someone is intentionally trying to frame us.'” Haha~~~ I laughed~~ Still defending this kind of practice~
Who would try to frame this on you!? Those bastard tourists who go traveling on public money are truly without character! Not long ago, several Anhui female civil servants even stole the life preservers from the flight they were on!
There’s a book called “The Ugly Chinaman“! What’s frightening is that many of our countrymen do not know that their behavior in public is improper! So sad! So sad!
The characters of Chinese tourists, like the moral character of Chinese businessmen, is world famous!
Henan people yet again.
So embarrassing! So ugly!
Are mainlanders incapable of paying attention to their characters [behavior]? Leaving the mainland and embarrassing themselves throughout the world.
The “Water Runs Up” scenic spot: