Date
11 December 2016
Chinese tourists dredge up sea urchins at Cinque Terre National Park in northern Italy. Photos: National Geographic, YouTube / TVBS
Chinese tourists dredge up sea urchins at Cinque Terre National Park in northern Italy. Photos: National Geographic, YouTube / TVBS

Chinese tourists cause stir in quiet Italian fishing village

Cinque Terre National Park in northern Italy is a picturesque place with medieval villages nestled on cliffs and hiking trails along the coasts. 

Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the territory has become a showcase of how to promote sustainable tourism while preserving the harmonious, if delicate, relationship between man and the environment.

That’s why residents of one of the five villages that constitute the national park were shocked when a group of Chinese tourists swooped down on the fishing town recently and dredged up live sea urchins from the harbor like it was a necessary activity of their tour, Taiwan’s TVBS news station reports.

A fisherman told their tour guide that the sea urchins were too small to catch, but the tourists just ignored him and went on with their merry urchin hunting.

In a video footage aired on TVBS, the tourists gleefully waded into the water to grab as many urchins as they could.

While others were taking pictures of their catch, one woman in the group even used a stone to crack the spiky shells open and eat the contents.

The reporter who recorded the scene sighed, saying she could not believe what she just saw.

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