A temporary “marine biological exhibition” was closed down in Zhengzhou just a day and a half after opening and shortly after a video from inside the exhibition went viral online, inspiring netizens to label the exhibit a “fake aquarium.”
The video was shot by one Weibo user who was particularly not impressed by the aquarium. Instead of hundreds of colorful fish swimming around inside giant tanks, there were only a few small fish tanks with barely any fish inside.
Tickets for the exhibit cost 40 yuan. Netizens joked that visitors would have been better off taking a stroll around the local bird and fish market for entertainment.
The bad publicity appears to have done in the exhibit. Visitors who arrived on Sunday afternoon found that the doors to the “aquarium” were locked. A notice on the door informed them that the exhibit had suspended due to false advertising.
Apparently, promotional materials may have given the public the wrong idea about the size and scope of the exhibit.
The notice also added that operations had been suspended due to unspecified safety concerns as well. The company behind the exhibit conveyed its sincere apologies, and did not say if the “aquarium” would reopen in the future.
[Images via NetEase]
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