A stunning field of pink grass has had to be cut down after scores of Chinese tourists trampled on it to take photos.
The incident took place in the Binjiang district of Hangzhou, a city in eastern China’s Zhejiang Province.
According to reports, tourists ignored signs around the cordoned off 40,000 square metre field that blooms for around two months every autumn.
The pink muhly grass started blooming at the start of October, but authorities had to mow it down after only a fortnight.
Photos show scores of selfie-obsessed visitors lying in the field and trampling on the long ornamental grass.
According to reports, one tourist even used a spotlight to take photos at night.
The park’s caretaker Zheng Xianhua told local media that he has spent the last three years caring for the attractive muhly grass which was reportedly brought in from Australasia.
The caretaker said that she had suffered a sore throat from shouting at the trespassing tourists so much, and that in the end they had to chop the grass down to protect it for next year.
Internet users were outraged by the pink field’s destruction, criticising tourists and saying that they should be “ashamed” to post photos on social media now that they have forced it to be cut down.
This is not the first time that Chinese selfie-takers have been accused of going to ridiculous lengths to get a nice snap in recent weeks.
A group of visitors to Switzerland were reportedly attacked by a swan while trying to sidle up for a photo opportunity.