Chinese tourists are once again making international headlines for the wrong reasons — this time, for desecrating one of the most important historic botanical institutions in the world.
Two Chinese elderly men vacationing in Australia were caught with their zippers open while comfortably urinating at the Royal Botanic Gardens, the oldest scientific institution in the country, reported Sina (via Shanghaist).
Pictures of the visitors, who are reportedly from Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province, went viral on the popular messaging app WeChat. In one photo, one of the culprits is shown pinned down by local police. Another image shows them both standing in front of the police being given a lecture by the apprehending officers.
The witness who took the photos and uploaded them online said the officers themselves spotted the Chinese tourists peeing inside the gardens. The men, aged 66 and 41, reportedly zipped up and tried to escape when they saw the Aussie cops approaching them. The police had to chase the misbehaving visitors who, after a brief scuffle, ended up lying flat on the ground and with both arms in handcuffs.
According to the photos’ uploader, the incident was such a shame since the public bathroom was just a few steps away from the garden. The older man who tried to break away from the police was charged with resisting arrest and offensive behavior while the other was given a notice for offensive behavior.
The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney is a major botanical garden located in the heart of Sydney, Australia which is accessible for free for everyone. With its magnificent spot on Sydney Harbour it has become one of the most visited tourist attractions in Sydney.