Tourists enjoy cherry blossoms at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in Hefei, capital of east China's Anhui province, on April 2, 2017. (Photo: Xu Mengyu)
Spring has arrived in Hefei, capital of east China's Anhui province, as crowds of locals and tourists are out enjoying cherry blossoms.
However, they were denied entrance at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), one of the most popular spots for local cherry blossom viewers, on Tuesday afternoon.
Card access allows entrance to authorized users in order to safeguard campus security, a guard said, explaining to the visitors that cherry trees have not bloomed so far and the campus will not be open to the public until they come into flower.
Cherry blossoms are expected to reach full bloom this weekend, and the campus of this prestigious university will open to tourists for two weeks, according to a staff member of the school’s security office.
There are more than 100 cherry trees on the eastern campus of the university.
The university will enhance security controls during the cherry blossom season, he said, adding that appropriate tourism manners will be appreciated.
Just a couple of days ago, a video clipping of a visitor to Wuhan University hopping fences to shake branches of a cherry blossom tree for a petal “rain” went viral on the internet, triggering heated discussion on tourism behaviors.