Tourists “take liberties with” statue of ancient imperial concubine

2015-05-06 05:59:23 GMT2015-05-06 13:59:23(Beijing Time)  SINA English
A tourist takes a photo with the statue of Concubine Yang touching her breast. A tourist takes a photo with the statue of Concubine Yang touching her breast.
A tourist takes a photo with the statue of Concubine Yang touching her breast. A tourist takes a photo with the statue of Concubine Yang touching her breast.
A tourist takes a photo with the statue of Concubine Yang touching her breast. A tourist takes a photo with the statue of Concubine Yang touching her breast.
Tourists take off their shoes and wash their feet in the pool below the statue. Tourists take off their shoes and wash their feet in the pool below the statue.
Tourists take off their shoes and wash their feet in the pool below the statue. Tourists take off their shoes and wash their feet in the pool below the statue.

Many tourists were spotted taking indecent photos with the statue of Yang Guifei, or Concubine Yang (719 -756) in the Huaqing Palace of Xi’an, capital city of Shaanxi province during the May Day holiday.

The Huaqing Palace is a major tourist attraction in Shaanxi province as it is the site where the romance of Yang Guifei and the Emperor Xuanzong (685-762) of Tang Dynasty happened.

Concubine Yang, considered as one of “four Chinese beauties”, was depicted in history and literature as a plump, Junoesque woman who has a perfect pale skin benefited from the natural mineral spring water at the Huaqing Palace. A giant statue of Yang bare to the waist, coming out of a hot spring bath stood at the gate of the site.

However, many tourists hugged the legs of the statue or even touched the breasts while they posed for photos. Others took off their shoes and washed their feet in the pool below the statue. And when employees of the site asked them to stop, they replied “Why can’t I touch (the breasts)? I have paid for the tickets.”

“There are signs in the site and we’d stop the behavior if we see people doing it, but sometimes there are just too many people,” said an employee.

Before the Labor Day holiday on May 1, the Chinese travel agencies have released regulations to blacklist poorly-behaved tourists in an effort to prevent ill manners.

Tourists will be blacklisted for uncivilized behaviors such as acting antisocially on public transport, damaging private or public property, disrespecting local customs, sabotaging historical exhibits or engaging in gambling or pornographic activities, according to the state-run Xinhua News Agency.

 

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