Tourism authorities in Beijing said they are considering creating a blacklist of “uncivilized visitors” in order to curb bad behavior by visitors, as the city is inundated with tourists for Tomb Sweeping Festival.
On the second day of the three-day holidays around Tomb Sweeping Day, also known as the Qingming Festival, parks in Beijing have experienced an upsurge in visitors, which has led to uncivilized tourist behavior, officials at the Beijing Municipal Administration Center of Parks told the Beijing Youth Daily. The center is considering establishing a “blacklist” to restrict loutish travelers – for example, those who destroy cultural relics and refuse to stop – from entering the park, the report said. The report said that some tourists have been spotted climbing peach trees, picking flowers and damaging plants. There were also people who fished near the lake and sold things privately in the park. Chinese tourists made more than 112 million domestic trips during this year’s Tomb Sweeping Festival, a 10.9% increase on last year, Beijing alone saw more than 700,000 people visiting some dozen parks around the city. Policing of tourists has been ramping up in recent years.
In 2016, the China National Tourism Administration placed 20 people with a history of bad behavior on a blacklist, restricting their ability to travel. Two of those blacklisted had caused a plane from Bangkok to the Chinese city of Nanjing to return halfway after they got into an argument with fight attendants, while in another case, a passenger tried to prevent a plane taking off by forcing open its emergency exit. Last year, the travel blacklist was expanded to include more than 670 people. While some of the offenses which landed people on the list included travel misbehavior such as disrupting flights or smoking on trains, it also includes those who have failed to pay court judgments or taking part in illegal securities trading. The Summer Palace, Yuyuantan Park and Beijing Zoo were the most popular destinations.