Beijing might soon introduce a blacklist of uncivilised visitors

The aim is to keep unruly behaviour out of the city’s parks

Tourism authorities in Beijing are considering implementing a new measure that could decrease unruly behaviour in the parks of Beijing. In order to keep everything and everyone in check, authorities could soon be placing uncivilised visitors on a blacklist.

Officials at the Beijing Municipal Administration Center of Parks reportedly said that the higher rate of uncivilised tourist behaviour coincides with the increase of domestic visitors to the capital. Many travel to Beijing for the three-day Qingming festival.

 

Aerial view of Beijing and its greenery — Shutterstock
Aerial view of Beijing and its greenery — Shutterstock

The uncivilised behaviour includes climbing trees, picking flowers, damaging plants, fishing near the park lakes, and selling things illegally in the parks.

Thanks to facial recognition software, these supposed mischief-makers would be banned from visiting the city’s parks. Only during this year’s festival, more than 700,000 people visited the city’s parks.

Beijing preventing toilet-goers from stealing toilet paper

Creating such a blacklist would not be the first time of Beijing forcing limitations upon the people.

In 2017, the city’s Temple of Heaven Park installed face scanners in the toilets to prevent people from stealing toilet paper. In order to have access to a fixed length strip of toilet paper, one first had to make eye contact with a machine. The dispensed portion was about 60–70 cm.

The toilet-goer would have to wait nine minutes in case they needed more paper.

“If we encounter guests who have diarrhoea or any other situation in which they urgently require toilet paper, then our staff on the ground will directly provide the toilet paper,” said a park spokesman.

 

Visitors at the Temple of Heaven park — Shutterstock
Visitors at the Temple of Heaven park — Shutterstock

China restricting tourists from travel

In 2016, the country of China placed 20 people on a blacklist preventing their ability to travel. Last year the list expanded to 670 people.

This travel ban is based on a history of bad behaviour. Some offences include travel misbehaviour, such as disrupting flights or smoking on trains. Others follow a failure of paying for court judgements.

The blacklisted people can be banned for up to 12 months from some or all air and train travel.

Last year, China announced plans for a new social credit scheme. The proposed social scorecards would monitor and rank citizens’ behaviour. People could either gain or lose points. Those with poor score could be prevented from travelling or applying for loans. The system is set to be fully operational by 2020.