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Annoying Tourists Disrupt Xiamen University Campus Print E-mail
by Shirley Xu    Tue, Jul 8, 2014, 12:31 AM

Commentary Series by Shirley Xu, Xiamen University School of Journalism student

XIAMEN, CHINA:  Since there are too many tourists visiting campus, Xiamen University has set up a travel limit regulation in 2012. Yet there are still over 1,700 tourists visiting here daily. Is Xiamen University a touristic spot?

According to this regulation, tourists can enter campus only during 12:00 to 14:00 or after 17:00 on weekdays, and during the daytime on weekends. Every day, the west gate welcomes 300 tourists, while the south gate welcomes 700. Tourists must register their personal information with their ID cards to enter school.

Wang Jian is a tourist who queued up for three hours at the west gate. From his point of view, the regulation is unreasonable, because Xiamen is getting hotter this summer, and they have to stand under the sunshine for several hours, which harms the tourists and their children.

Queuing up for a long time on such a hot day can be unbearable. However, among the four tourists interviewed, only one of them entered campus by queuing up. The others entered the school by pretending they were friends or relatives of students here. Some also paid money.

Hence, the police should strengthen control of people who want to earn money that way, since that is illegal and would harm public safety of school. What if the people who enter the campus without registering steal items from school? Police could not find the suspects’ information because they entered campus illegally.

In the peak tourist season, some will climb across the fence surrounding the school. Mrs. Zhang, a tourist from Shanghai, wondered why Xiamen University is open to tourism: “Universities in Shanghai do not allow tourism. Xiamen University acts like a tourist spot such as Gulang Island.”

Consequently, our noble university has become an ordinary tourist spot for visitors’ eyes. They notice the charming scenery but ignore the academic atmosphere. If you ask tourists: “What do you think about Xiamen University?” They will most likely to tell you that “it is beautiful” instead of that “the academics here are excellent.”

What caused the school to become so popular for tourism? Its beauty. We can’t decide arbitrarily that the plants should be cut down or the buildings should be destroyed. Therefore, the basic mistake is that Xiamen University shows less emphasis on academics than with its scenery.

The reason why we open campus for visiting is that we want to tell the public our university is excellent. Yes, it does be one of the top-ranking universities in China. Unfortunately, people come here because their friends and relatives have told them that the school is beautiful. On campus, most people find it difficult to distinguish the students from tourists, because numerous visitors and students always stay in their rooms. The studying phenomenon can only been seen through advertisements, such as announcing that there is an International Academic Exchange.

It is true that the time tourists spend on queuing up is a problem. However, Xiamen University should make it clear to the public that it is a school, not a touristic spot. On regular schooldays, tourists should be banned. In holidays, the school can open for visitors, but the staff who check out ID cards should speed up and decrease tourists’ pain under a bright sunshine.

Based on the conflict between the academic and scenery, Xiamen University should publish more about its academic achievements, decrease advertising on its scenic facilities and charming landscapes. The number of tourists needs to be controlled according to strict regulations, but also by changing people’s impressions of Xiamen University.

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written by Richard H , July 09, 2014

Tourists are not the problem. It is their behavior that is the problem.They should be quiet, respectful and obey any signs such as "Private" or "Do not Enter" but being Chinese tourists, they don't.

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