China's 'number one beach' swamped by rising tide of pollution Telegraph.co.uk But over the past decade Silver Beach, once seen as one of the country's most desirable holiday destinations, has become another victim of China's growing pollution...
And now, instead of discovering miles of pristine sands, the 3.5 million Chinese tourists who visit every year are just as likely to encounter condom wrappers, chunks of polystyrene and bottles dropped by sunbathers or washed up from the sea - so much detritus that the squads of cleaners who patrol it say that there is sometimes no area of clean sand large enough for people to lie down.
The beach was littered with around 60 tons of rubbish, Xinhua reported.
Sunbathing had become “a nightmare of garbage and mounting maritime pollution,” with plastic bags, shattered glass and bamboo sticks scattered along the beach.
“On bad days, the beach is almost totally covered with rubbish, leaving only standing room,” said one female cleaner, who declined to give her name. “We can barely keep up.” Further along, tourists posed for photographs beside the putrefying body of a finless porpoise that had been swept ashore. It was unclear how the endangered animal had died but environmentalists blame pollution, growing shipping traffic and illegal fishing in the waters around China for the decline in its numbers.