Water Conflict: Fist Fights Erupt After Chinese Tourists Throw Melon Seed Shells Into Lake

KUNMING

A brawl broke out at a scenic lake in southwest China after tourists throwing melon seed shells into the water were confronted by villagers on Friday afternoon. Lugu Lake is a popular tourist destination, but it is one of several Yunnan lakes that have been the focus of anti-pollution campaigns in recent years. A growing number of visitors have put a strain on waste-water treatment and infrastructure facilities in the province, China’s top destination, which notched up to 430 million tourists in 2016, according to official figures.

Free