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Unallowable. Objectionable. Impermissible. Inexpedient?

This sign is posted in Fuxing Park, one of Shanghai’s nicest, and just a short walk from my apartment. Bold added by me. Enjoy.

Shanghai Public Parks Rules for Visitors

Pursuant to the ‘Regulations of Shanghai Municipaity on Administration of the Public Parks’, visitors are advised to observe the following:

  1. Parks are accessible to the public during the ‘open’ hours; admission tickets or relevant identity documents, where desired, are to be presented at entrance; children below 1.2 meters in height, mental patients are admitted only under custody;
  2. Ethic and moral codes should be duly honored; visitors are expected not to urinate or shit, post ads or posters, and write or carve around in the park, nor to remove or harm any facility or equipment in the park; exposing one’s top, lying about, washing and airing clothes, scavenging or begging from others is unallowable; climbing artificial hills, or playing or swimming in the pond or lake is objectionable; ball games and kite-flying are impermissible (unless in a designated area);
  3. Visitors are not supposed to tease, scare, or capture bird, cricket, fish and shrimp, or cicada (except those for commercial purposes); no animal is allowed to enter the park unless permitted, visitors should take good care of trees, flowers and plants, and should not tear at flowers or plants, dig up fruits or seeds, and collect soil or water-plants;
  4. Firearms and ammunition, combustibles and explosives, and any other hazardous items are strictly forbidden; firework-playing, barbecuing or camping is banned (unless in a designated area) in the park;
  5. The visitor to the park should discipline himself instead of making himself a nuisance to others; any group activity in the park shall be subject to the administration of the relevant department of the park; public speech, public meeting or fund-raising of any nature is inexpedient; activities of feudalistic and superstitious nature, gambling and those banned under law are prohibited; activities of business nature, including setting up a vending stand, peddling about, practicing medicine or distributing propaganda sheets are not allowed;
  6. No vehicle (except special vehicles for the disabled) shall be admitted into the park; vehicles allowed into the park should move around slowly.
  7. Shanghai Green Administration Bureau
    October 2002

07.06.2004, 1:06 AM · Humor


  1. We have the same sign here in Hongkou park! yep, i took a photo of that to!!


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