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Beijing to ban wedding photos in city-level parks

NEWLYWEDS in Beijing will no longer be able to use the Summer Palace as a backdrop for their wedding photos.

The city's park management center is drafting a rule banning wedding studios from using the capital's 11 city-level parks to protect the environment of the public spaces, today's Beijing Morning Post reported.

The ban will also be in effect at the following parks: Tiantan, Beihai, Jingshan, Zhongshan, Xiangshan, Zizhuyuan, Taoranting and Yuyuantan as well as the city's botanic garden and zoo.

Those planning to use the parks for commercial activities, particularly cultural relic venues such as Tiantan Park and the Forbidden City must receive approval from the city's relic authority, the newspaper cited the center's Chen Zhiqiang as saying.

Tiantan, Beihai and Zizhuyuan parks already refuse wedding photography studios because they do not want their lawns trampled on by the couples, the report said.

Others charge fees, the newspaper said.

Longtanhu Park charges 300 yuan (US$43.91) as a lawn use fee for each couple who want to take wedding photos.

The fee sparked public criticism that the park is "selling" its lawns to make a profit since its admission charge is 2 yuan, the report said.

A woman surnamed Wang said she was angry about the lawn fee. She told the newspaper that people taking wedding photos were no different than other park visitors and should not be charged.

Others agreed with the plan to ban wedding photography in the city-level parks.

"It should be prohibited," a man surnamed Zhao who lives near Ditan Park told the newspaper. "The newlyweds always stamp on the grass."


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