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The Bund, its bull and bad behavior

The Bund management are becoming increasingly concerned over the unruly behavior of some visitors.

They are climbing all over the Bund Bull, throwing trash into the Huangpu River, and trampling on the grass. Officials said they will consider increasing manpower to improve the environment on the Bund.

The Bund Management Office said their workers just can't cope with the people polluters at present.

"More than 630,000 tourists visit the Bund every day, but we have only around 100 workers to do management and cleaning work," said Zhou Shunguo.

Although the new Bund Bull statue is being watched around the clock, there are still some visitors trying to climb onto its back to pray for good luck, or hanging their bags from the horns when posing with the bull for photographs.

"Our officials warn visitors not to climb, but still a few visitors were not satisfied with posing with the bull by standing next to it," said Zhou.

He said the bull was cordoned off at first, but the office decided to remove the bars, allowing visitors to be closer to the bull, because of its popularity.

Some people, however, didn't believe that climbing the bull was bad behavior. "We also see foreigners riding on the bull at the Wall Street in New York," said a local resident surnamed Ye. "I think the behavior only expresses people's love towards good fortune."

Other bad behavior also annoyed visitors. "You can see the grass under the platform was full of footprints," said a visitor called Liu. "And garbage flows on the waters near the platform."

Liu also complained about the "ugly" site of some men sleeping in chairs without their shirts on and bare-footed.


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