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Amusement park operator in China sued over unfair charges on minors

18 Feb 2019, 23:53 ( 3 Months ago)

DF-Xinhua Report
Crested ibises are seen at the Chimelong Birds Park in Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong Province, Jan. 26, 2019. File Photo Xinhua.

The consumer council of south China's Guangdong Province has initiated public interest litigation against Chimelong Group, a leading amusement park operator, over height-based discounts for minors.

   The Intermediate People's Court of Guangzhou accepted the case on Monday, which is believed to be China's first public interest litigation on the consumer rights protection of minors.

   The consumer council has launched an investigation since August last year.

   It found that the group's Chimelong Paradise, Chimelong Safari Park, Chimelong Water Park and Chimelong Birds Park offers ticket discounts to minors based on their height, and Chimelong International Circus refused to offer ticket discounts to all minors.

   According to Chinese law, all citizens under the age of 18 have the right to enjoy ticket discounts in places such as zoos and parks or for travel activities, which should not be affected by their height, the consumer council said.

   The height-based discount is a long-standing policy carried out by many Chinese scenic spots and parks. The consumer council claimed that it violated the legitimate rights minors who are taller than their counterparts.

   It requested the court to order Chimelong Group to stop its unfair activities, offer due discounts to all underage consumers and make an apology in major newspapers.