It seems law enforcers in Beijing are attempting to crack down on disorderly behaviour in some of their city parks, and are doing so by handing out extremely nominal fines.
Parkgoers and outdoor revelers are being targeted for a string of unruly offences including tree climbing, picking flowers and (on a somewhat more serious note) property damage.
Tickets amounting to 20 yuan or AU$4 are intended to help educate citizens on proper park etiquette particularly over the Qingming (or Tomb-Sweeping) Festival (last weekend), where some 500,000 people flooded the Chinese capital’s parklands.
Qingming is a public holiday in China where people visit grave sites to pay their respects to their ancestors. It is also often marked by a family outing to enjoy the spring blossoms and the consumption of sweet green rice dumplings.