Date
26 March 2017
Photos showing a group of visitors bathing and washing their hair in the scenic Fuxian Lake have fueled fresh discussion about the bad behavior of Chinese tourists. Photos: Baidu, Weibo
Photos showing a group of visitors bathing and washing their hair in the scenic Fuxian Lake have fueled fresh discussion about the bad behavior of Chinese tourists. Photos: Baidu, Weibo

Chinese dama spark outrage with bathing antics at Yunnan lake

Authorities overseeing Fuxian Lake in China’s southwestern Yunnan province are stepping up oversight on the scenic attraction following the “uncivilized behavior” of a group of visitors.

Local officials confirmed that a “shampoo” incident took place at the facility recently as a group of Chinese tourists bathed in the freshwater lake in violation of rules.

It came after photos surfaced online of bathing activities in the lake, with one woman even caught shampooing her hair in the waters.

As the photos were shared widely on social media, netizens expressed outrage at the behavior of the visitors, pointing out that they had violated the regulations and polluted the lake. 

If such activities go unchecked, Fuxian Lake could end up as another Tien Chi, or Kunming Lake, which has been seriously affected by pollution, commentators said. 

The criticism was especially directed at a middle-aged woman, or a so-called dama, who was caught on camera using a bottle of shampoo to wash her hair.

When the incident took place, there were people sitting by the lake, but none of them bothered to go up to the group and advise them to stop their bathing.

After the photos were brought to their notice, the Fuxian Lake Administration Bureau conducted an investigation and concluded that rules were indeed broken, China National Radio reports.

The identities of the bathers are not known, but the social media firestorm has prompted authorities to enhance vigils at the lake. 

Patrols will be carried out more frequently and laws enforced more strictly, officials said, also urging the public to cooperate in preserving the purity of the waters in the lake.

Meanwhile, a patrolman has been punished in relation to the recent shampoo incident.

Fuxian Lake is one of the deepest fresh water lakes in China and boasts of premium water quality and scenic surroundings, helping it become a popular tourist attraction. 

But statistics show garbage around the lake has grown to 3.8 metric tons a year as visitor numbers surged in recent years.

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