Guardhouse dismantled after photoshoot goes viral

Zhang Long
Two young women's "creative" photoshoot goes viral, but causes authorities to take action.
Zhang Long

Photos of two young women's spring outing in Shanghai went viral on lifestyle app Xiaohongshu (Red) and Twitter-like Weibo after the duo climbed a guardhouse and garnished it with picnic decorations to take photos.

The popularity of the photos took off when a passerby shared how the girls took the pictures.

Guardhouse dismantled after photoshoot goes viral

The photo shoot has garnered lots of likes on Xiaohongshu.

Guardhouse dismantled after photoshoot goes viral

Many viewers comment that they did not understand why the young women climbed the guardhouse to take photos.

However, Shanghai authorities deemed the activity unsafe and announced that they would dismantle and relocate the guardhouse, which was close to the Caohejing Metro station in Xuhui District.

While some people appreciated their creativity, some netizens found it incomprehensible, questioning the safety of their climbing the guardhouse in a location with a high traffic flow.

Guardhouse dismantled after photoshoot goes viral

A workers begins to dismantle the guardhouse.

On Thursday, the "photo spot" was demolished near the Exit 1 of the Caohejing station on Yishan Road.

The guardhouse had originally been used by patrol officers seeking shelter from rain or snow during night duty.

The worker in charge of dismantling the building confirmed that the guardhouse had been closed during the day and was not intended for public use.

Guardhouse dismantled after photoshoot goes viral

The guardhouse was demolished on Thursday.

It is not uncommon for people to use trick photography to turn ordinary locations into striking photos.

For instance, photos of tulips in front of Shanghai's iconic Normandie Apartments were in reality held up specifically for the photograph.

Guardhouse dismantled after photoshoot goes viral
Guardhouse dismantled after photoshoot goes viral

In other trick photography, photos on social media that appear to be taken through an airplane window can be faked using the handle of a plastic milk jug.

Guardhouse dismantled after photoshoot goes viral

Similarly, what appears to be a desert background could simply be a pile of sand at a construction site.

Guardhouse dismantled after photoshoot goes viral

Furthermore, those iconic building backgrounds in Shanghai were in reality shot from atop an electrical box.

Guardhouse dismantled after photoshoot goes viral

Because of the box so popular as a photography site in Pudong, management had to put a warning sign, cautioning against people climbing on it.

Guardhouse dismantled after photoshoot goes viral

A notice is put on the electrical box, warning people not to climb onto it.

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