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Not just a moral issue

China Daily | Updated: 2013-08-08 10:03

More than 10 young tourists reportedly climbed over the Xi'an City Wall in Shaanxi province to avoid paying the entry fees. But apart from blaming the tourists for breaking rules and risking their lives, we should also insist on stricter management at scenic spots, says an article on Excerpts:

Xi'an is not the first place to see tourists trying to avoid paying entry fees for a tourist spot; such incidents have been reported from across the country. There are several reasons why people try to avoid paying entry fees for tourist spots: poor management, lax security, high rates.

Rising ticket prices for tourist spots - from world cultural heritage sites to local natural beauty spots - have made it difficult for people, especially youths and students, to pay for them. As a result, many try to slip in without being noticed or try other means to avoid paying the entry fees. What they don't realize is that such actions could land them in trouble.

For example, a tourist or group of tourists can seek the help of locals to climb the mountains in Qufu, Shandong province, to visit the cemetery of Confucius. The fact is, although the tourists can save money by doing so, they will also be putting their lives in danger by climbing the mountains without proper professional guidance from the local tourism department, for which they have to pay a certain amount.

The authorities should realize that the higher the price of a ticket, the higher the number of people who will try to avoid paying it. So they have to find a way to deal with both the safety and monetary issues. As a first step, they should strengthen supervision of and improve the administration at tourist spots, instead of raising entry fees at random, without concern for tourists' pockets. And tourists should learn to be civil in their behavior and not try to evade entry fees.

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