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Exercisers Not Helping Historic Structures

ANCIENT trees and structures in historic gardens are being seriously damaged by residents doing morning exercises such as pressing legs on old handrails.

Some handrails on historic buildings have been found loose, while branches are broken after people hang bird cages or other belongings on trees while exercising, said Zhai Rongjun of the Zuibaichi Garden in Songjiang.

Some people even do exercises that include bumping the trunks of the centuries-old trees in the garden, which can inflict great damage, Zhai said.

A ticket to the garden costs 12 yuan (US$1.89) but it is free to morning exercisers before 7am.

"The historic gardens are different from those newly built ones, and we urge people to protect the facilities while doing exercises," Zhai said.


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