Chinese geopark has sacrificed a bit of beauty for the sake of conservation, laying down sheets of metal sticks pointing skyward to prevent tourists from trampling over the landscape.
The unusual, hedgehog-like measure was made at the Dunhuang Yardang National Geopark in Gansu province, protecting one of the park’s star attractions, a land formation that looks like a peacock. A manager at the park said that before the sticks were put in place, visitors would often climb up the peacock’s back and take photos on its head.
However, that sort of behavior has now been dramatically reduced. “They don’t look pretty, but they are very effective,” he said, explaining that the sticks had actually been installed two or three years ago, not in anticipation of last week’s Golden Week crowds.
Chinese tourists have, of course, developed a bad reputation for uncivilized behavior and a lack of respect for the natural environment. Back in August, four travelers ignited outrage in China after illegally entering another national geopark in Gansu province where they proceeded to traipse over an ancient land formation while even bragging about the damage they were doing.