Taiwan’s East Coast National Scenic Area Administration Office in Taidong (Taitung) recently received 100 kilograms of rocks in 5 boxes. The rocks were confiscated over a three-month period from Chinese tourists attempting to exit the country with the popular, free, but illegal, souvenirs.
The haul included small stones, easy to slip into your pocket to very large stones, and also a bottle of sand.
Customs officials pointed out that rocks, especially larger ones constitute a flight security risk, as they could be used as a weapon. It is also illegal to remove the stones from their original location under environmental protection regulations.
Taiwan Tourism Bureau urged tourists not to remove the stones, and warned that those who damaged scenic areas were liable to a fine of up to 500, 000 NTD. They urged tour guides and tourism operators to help enforce the regulations by warning tourists against pocketing stones.
The rocks were shipped home at no charge by the home delivery network Taiwan Pelican Express.