Campers on Bund leave trash behind
area, on Wednesday.
Under the city’s rules, certain activities on the Bund are prohibited — lying down, sleeping, building things or piling up objects that hamper sightseeing.
“Many of the napping citizens or visitors don’t know the regulations,” said a man who said he was affiliated with the scenic area management committee. He did not give his name. “After we intensified our message, most people understood and agreed not to sleep on the Bund.”
He said the police, security guards and urban patrol officers have increased patrols to remind people of the rules. Loudspeakers also blast out information for visitors. The authorities will not remove people by force, he added.
The nappers and campers have increased the workload of sanitation workers, he said.
Ji Jinbiao, a sanitation worker who works from 5 am to 2 pm every day at a Bund section near a statue of Chen Yi, Shanghai’s first mayor after the founding of the People’s Republic of China, said the quantity of trash has increased substantially recently and comes mostly from campers. The rubbish includes beverage containers, plastic bags and a variety of other household refuse, Ji said.
“Many visitors don’t want to leave at night because the environment is very comfortable. They have a right to do it, and the only thing I can do is to clean up after they have gone,” Ji said. “It is tough to clean up, actually.”
He Qi contributed to this story.