Pic of the day: Nanchang Train Station fences off benches, calling travelers’ rest an eyesore

August 17, 2012Jing GaoOne Comment, , , , , , ,

From NetEase

In the southeastern city of Nanchang, the management of the city’s railway station has enclosed all outdoor stone benches with metal fencing to prevent travelers from sitting down on them, saying that travelers using the benches may harm the city’s image. Travelers hoping to stop for a rest have to either lean on the fences or sit on the ground.

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A staffer at the management office said what travellers call ‘stone benches’ are in fact raised beds in which trees are planted. Some travelers mistook them for benches and sat on them, and even littered trash around the trees. “In addition to damaging the trees, some travellers lied on them for a nap and caused a great deal of harm to the image of Nanchang Railway Station, which serves as the showpiece of the capital city (of Jiangxi province).”

Most netizens who saw the images on Sina Weibo, China’s twitter-like microblogging service, agree that the fences are ugly, unnecessary, unwanted, and counterproductive, as some travelers simply climbed over the metal fence to sit down inside, “So erecting these fences looks any better? Having travellers sit on the ground looks any better?” One user commented. “So the image of a city outweighs everything else?” Another wrote.

“No Climbing,” the metal sign says. 

More popular comments on NetEase:

空亦空 [网易广西桂林市网友]:2012-08-17 10:22:49 发表
Officials are basked in debauchery in hotels, whereas we stand in the square basked in the sun.

谁让咱生在解放区 [网易广西百色市网友]:2012-08-17 10:26:07 发表
Officials, do you really know what it feels like when a person on the way to catch a train or waiting for a train has been standing and walking all day without a place to sit down?

爱学习的流云 [网易四川省凉山市网友]:2012-08-18 02:11:13 发表
Officials never ride a train, for god’s sake.

毛主义他姥爷 [网易四川省绵阳市网友]:2012-08-17 15:43:15 发表
You have so much stainless steel to make fences, but you just can’t use some stainless steel to make a few chairs?

网易北京市网友 [令妇冲] 的原贴:
Rural migrants might have caused harm to the city’s image, but you have caused harm to the nation’s image.

清风泛舟 [网易广东省佛山市网友]:2012-08-17 10:33:31 发表
Rural migrants don’t really cause harm to the city’s image, but you have really harmed the nation’s image.

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1 comment to “Pic of the day: Nanchang Train Station fences off benches, calling travelers’ rest an eyesore”

  1. Samuel Weith | September 27, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    I’ve always thought that those around the trees served as a double purpose for the “raised beds” for the trees and also benches for the weary traveler or tourist. But I guess in the case of this city, it is simply a beautification for their city.

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