Tourist criticized for dipping feet into lake at China's historical site

By Hoang Vu   April 24, 2024 | 12:52 am PT
Tourist criticized for dipping feet into lake at China's historical site
Visitors take photos at Haiyan Hall at the Old Summer Palace in Beijing. Photo by AFP
A young female visitor in China has faced outrage after a viral video footage showed her dipping her bare feet into a lake at a historical tourist site in Beijing.

The video, shared on Weibo on April 7, captured the scene of the girl standing on a small boat and putting her feet into the lake at the Old Summer Palace, known as Yuanmingyuan Park.

A staff member at the site reminded the girl not to dip her feet in the lake, saying it was adangerous act and showed disrespect to the nation’s history, news site reported.

However, she ignored the warning and claimed she was only a minor as well as the second generation of a wealthy family, the South China Morning Post reported.

As of April 24, the video has attracted over 42,000 views, with netizens calling her "arrogant" and "domineering."

"Can the rich second generation really do whatever they want when they are underage," a netizen wrote.

"If you have money and are not afraid of fines, can you do whatever you want? Regardless of whether the family situation is good or bad, one should pay attention to personal quality and cultivation," another complained.

Yuanmingyuan Park is a complex of palaces and gardens, located around 8 kilometers northwest of the Forbidden City palace complex. It is famous for its extensive collection of gardens, its building architecture and numerous art and historical treasures.

It is part of China's history, used to be the main imperial residence of Qianlong Emperor of the Qing dynasty and his successors during feudal times.

According to the management board of the site, soaking feet in the lake is not allowed as it poses danger to tourists.

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