Screenshot of the video showing people walking on the pier with the floor covered in plastic bags and shoe covers. (Photo/CGTN)
Visitors to the Caka Salt Lake, a popular destination in China for nature and selfie lovers, have been asked not to litter after the amount of rubbish at the site proved too much for waste collectors to deal with.
Located in Wulan County in northwest China's Qinghai Province, the lake is famous for its shallow water that beautifully reflects the azure sky and floating clouds, earning the nickname "mirror of the sky."
The natural landmark attracts up to 40,000 daily visitors eager to snap the perfect picture. But popularity comes with a price – and garbage is scattered along the pier of the lake.
On Monday, a video emerged showing plastic bags and disposable shoe covers blanketing the wooden platform, which cleaners could not pick up.
On average, 120 tonnes of waste are reportedly collected on daily basis.
The footage prompted Chinese media and the administration of the Caka Salt Lake to appeal to visitors to stop randomly discarding their waste and protect the environment.
Screenshot of the video showing people walking on the pier with the floor covered in plastic bags and shoe covers.
A staff member, identified as Li, told Beijing Youth Daily newspaper that they had hired a professional cleaning company and brought in 180 garbage collectors to keep the lake and its vicinity neat and tidy.