Shanghai’s first wetland park has scrapped its free entry policy
and will begin to charge visitors starting from September 1, a
local newspaper reported today.
The Wusong Battery Wetland Forest Park in Baoshan District,
where the Yangtze River empties into the sea, will start to charge
a five yuan (66 US cents) entry fee for adults, the Shanghai
Morning Post reported today.
Tickets for students will cost four yuan while soldiers, the
disabled, retired senior military officers, people over the age of
70 and children shorter than1.2 meters tall will still enjoy free
admittance to the park, the report said citing the Baoshan Greenery
The admission fees are aimed at strengthening the management of
the park and keeping out beggars and thieves, an unnamed official
told the newspaper.
The park opened free to the public in May's golden week this
year after a one-year renovation that has enlarged and renovated
Wusongkou, which means the mouth of the Wusong River, has played
an important role in Shanghai both historically and militarily.
During the several resistance wars, it contributed significantly to
the defense of the city.
(Shanghai Daily August 27, 2007)