Date
23 February 2017
A sign warns people to keep off Shirogane Blue Pond (inset bottom). A Japanese netizen posted a photo of tourists playing on the frozen lake. 
Photos: Facebook/丘のまちびえいイベント事務局, Twitter/ケー
A sign warns people to keep off Shirogane Blue Pond (inset bottom). A Japanese netizen posted a photo of tourists playing on the frozen lake. Photos: Facebook/丘のまちびえいイベント事務局, Twitter/ケー

Chinese tourists accused of damaging Hokkaido blue pond

Tourism authorities in Hokkaido have cordoned off the world-famous Shirogane Blue Pond after it was vandalized by tourists.

An online photo that has gone viral shows footprints all over the snow on the pond, according to gotrip.hk.

A netizen tweeted a photo of some tourists playing on the frozen pond.

Authorities did not say who the culprits were but some Japanese netizens blamed Chinese tourists, calling their behavior “way too much”.

“They just go ahead and do things as they please,” a netizen wrote.

Authorities have built a fence around the lake to stop people from entering the pond but it is being ignored.

Recently, they put up a cordon warning people to keep off the pond.

Shirogane Blue Pond, or Aoiike to most Japanese, is a naturally deep-blue colored lake near Biel in Hokkaido,

It is one of the biggest attractions for visitors to Japan’s second largest island.

In the winter, the lake is lit, creating a dreamlike scenery. The romantic sight is accentuated by snowfall.

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