ne Hangzhou auntie spent three years helping to cultivate a patch of pretty pink grass, only to watch it be destroyed in front of her eyes in just three days.
Rather than carefully tip-toeing through the tulips, selfie-seeking tourists trampled upon and ravaged the previously photogenic plot of imported muhly grass blooming in the riverside park. Over the weekend, photos and videos went viral on Chinese social media showing the havoc that they had wrought.
To get to the field, tourists had ignored signs and hopped rope barriers. Auntie Zheng, who had spent the past three years helping to grow the grass tried her hardest to stop the visitors from flattening her hard work, but to no avail. In the end, all she got was a hoarse throat.
“It’s like my child is being bullied, but I can’t do anything to stop it,” Zheng tearfully told reporters.
The muhly grass is typically in bloom for about two months during the fall, however, this patch didn’t last nearly that long. The trouble began on October 1st during China’s Golden Week holiday, but really ramped up this weekend.
Eventually, Zheng and her colleagues were left with no other choice but to cut the grass down, worrying that otherwise the flattened grass would be eaten by worms and not bloom again next year.
[Images via Dushikuaibao]