• Hiker finds pipe feeding China’s tallest waterfall, sparking social media controversy and investigation by local government officials.
  • Yuntai tourism park operators admit to using a pipe to enhance waterfall flow during dry season to maintain visitor satisfaction.
  • Social media users express mixed reactions, with some understanding the situation while others criticize the artificial enhancement of natural landscapes.
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        you should have seen lemmy ml when Russia invaded Ukraine. It was almost the death of the entire platform.

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        A lot of the communities I frequent have “no tankies allowed” listed clearly in the rules. It’s not that all of lemmy likes them it’s just that we haven’t decided to purge them, yet, given the ideology of a decentralized network of federated content feeds.

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        On the flipside, the American exceptionalism on the Lemmys is par for the course…

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        The site is founded by Communists, it’s not odd at all.

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                  By definition a communist society is stateless, moneyless, and classless. Non of which China has achieved.

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                  China isn’t communist. China is a capitalist dictatorship with one man at the top, a few people taking decisions and raking in all the profits and everyone else wage slaving away. Tell me what it reminds you

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      I think you mean more like China actually went and did the hard work to make a pipe version of nature because China actually gives a damn about elevated water unlike the USA where it’s all fascist gravity flow and evaporation.

      But by all means, go on about how China’s “suspiciously like a waterpark” or “harvesting organs from family pets and covering it up with United Airlines pet death stories”. Go on. I’ll wait.

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          … what the hell is a tankie?

          (no, I haven’t been here long, how could you tell?)

          Furthermore, why have I not heard this term anywhere outside lemmy?

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            Welcome to Lemmy.

            Tap for some copy-pasta from wikipedia

            Tankie is a pejorative label generally applied to authoritarian communists, especially those who support acts of repression by such regimes or their allies.
            More specifically, the term has been applied to those who express support for one-party Marxist–Leninist socialist republics, whether contemporary or historical. It is commonly used by anti-authoritarian leftists, including anarchists, libertarian socialists, left communists, democratic socialists, and reformists to criticise Leninism, although the term has seen increasing use by liberal and right‐wing factions as well.[5][6]

            You’ll also see them around here commonly blaming anything negative on “capitalism” as well (while ignoring the fact that pure capitalism doesn’t exist since the economy of almost every country is really a mix of capitalism and socialism).

            https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tankie

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        Ive seen the same thing at waterfalls in state parks. Its probably super common around the world by now.

        Edit: Logging back in to Lemmy like Dang thats a lot of mad neoliberals confusing an inconvenient fact for defense of the CCP.

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          Yeah. I’m trying to think of a tourist attraction with a small waterfall, that doesn’t do this.

          The park staff is typically pretty open about it.

          Small waterfalls are seasonal, and tourists are, well differently seasonal.

          But that’s nothing that a little cheap plumbing can’t fix.

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            Its not like there’s a garden hose at the other end lol. That would be more of a scandal but for real I was just at one last weekend and when I hiked to the top there was a road and a gutter system.

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    So I think the important thing here is how this waterfall is being explained to visitors. If it’s open information that the waterfall only flows naturally in certain months and is artifical in others and people still want to see it when it’s artificial that’s fine. However it seems this is being sold as a natural waterfall when it’s artifical part of year which is the problem.

    Bases on thr park’s comments, it seems the move to make it artifical part of the year stems from their lack of openness that it only flows naturally part of the year. In comparison, Yosemite National Park (US) has a whole web page explaining when the waterfalls flow and the peak months to see them. https://www.yosemite.com/yosemite-waterfalls-spring/?amp=1 In my opinion, his park should be more open about the natural flow months so visitors can choose when to visit.

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    Typical “Made in China” quality.

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    I don’t think it’s an issue of what they’ve done. I’m sure everyone makes a change to such tourist attractions to aid tourism or nature.

    What’s weird is that they lie about it. Anyone else would have issued a news article, even a local one, saying the rivers are dry and this is what we have done to save tourism/nature etc etc.

    These fucks blatantly hide the truth because it makes it look like everything is perfect. And they do a fine job of it. This country is one one of the finest built bullshit producing machine and it won’t change until someone at the top decides to have a change of heart.

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      Hold on America is still way far ahead in term of fine bullshit

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          The fact that people still find it hard to accept the similarities between the US gov and the CCP is wild

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            I mean all government organizations are similar to the CCP, I’d just have to say that most governments don’t have multiple massacres of their own ppl on a mass scale for disagreements with how they are being governed. Once a massacer accurs too protesters, then I won’t see this as a false equivalent.

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    I’ve found the article here, gone in, and immediately forgot that it wasn’t the onion as it didn’t sound like something remotely true. Then I was immediately confused about how they’d made the satire look so real, with even fake-pipe photos. That’s been a confusing 5 minutes…

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    a lot of waterfalls redirect water with pipes, its especially useful on dry season.