Peking University Say No to Tourist Groups
It is common to see busloads of parents and grandparents showing children, even toddlers, around the campus perhaps hoping that they would one day be lucky enough to enroll in the elite university.
But the university has had enough of being a tourist attraction it has banned all tour groups from the campus.
The exceptions are individual visitors and groups of high school students organized by educational institutions as long as they secure permission from the university's security department three days in advance.
According to a notice posted on the university's website over the weekend, the move is intended to maintain order on campus.
Predictably, the decision has generated heated debate. While tourists feel aggrieved, students in the university applauded the ban.
Many tourist agencies around the country provide such packages; and the universities do not charge for the tours. Consequently,
"Going through the west gate once, I thought I had walked into a farmers' market," a
Students also complained about the noise with some tourists talking loudly near classrooms.
Universities should be open to the public, but they can refuse groups organized by tour agencies, Beijing Morning Post quoted Tang as saying.
However, many tourists are dismayed.
Gu Haibing, a professor at Renmin University of China, also opposed the ban.
News Source: Chinadaily
Related Link: Beijing Travel Guide