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No shade on Bund ... as it would spoil view

Authorities won’t provide sunshades on the Bund for visitors during the current scorching weather — claiming these would spoil the view and present a safety hazard.

Tourists have complained that despite temperatures touching 40 degrees Celsius, they can find no shelter from the sun on the waterfront.

But the Bund Scenery Management Office insisted yesterday that it could not place sunshades along the Huangpu River.

Currently, respite is provided by several mist sprayers and barrels of ice.

Officials cited safety concerns for not providing shelter.

“The Bund scenic spot is also the city’s most important flood prevention wall and a large number of sunshades could impact the safety of the wall,” said Zhou Shunguo, director of the office.

Large numbers of visitors under a limited number of sunshades could also lead to accidents, he added.

Aesthetic factors are also a consideration.

Sunshades would affect the scenic views along the river, said Zhou.

All of which brought little comfort to tourists. 

“I feel as though the skin on my arms will burst into flames soon,” a tourist from Guangdong Province visiting the Bund said yesterday.



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