n China, spring is finally here and flowers are in bloom… which isn’t exactly good news for all the pretty trees out there.
Wuhan University has sounded the alarm after once again noticing visitors wreaking havoc upon its famous cherry trees in search of that perfect selfie. Photos and videos shared online by the university show people climbing up the trees or grabbing branches while having their pictures taken.
“Do not climb the cherry trees, do not break off the branches, do not spit, and do not litter!” reads one distressed message from the university’s Weibo account.
The campus of Wuhan University is noted for having some of the most beautiful cherry trees in all of China. Each March, tourists flood onto the campus to have a look. In order to visit, individuals now have to register beforehand with their name and ID number before undergoing face-recognition scanning at the gate. The number of visitors is capped at 15,000 on weekdays and 30,000 on weekends.
This year, in an attempt to save its trees from harm, the university has even created a special filter in collaboration with short-video app Douyin which allows users to create the effect of blowing upon cherry blossoms without the carnage.