China: Thousands dig up clams on Shangdong beach

Thousands of people dig for clams on a beach in Shandong, China

Striking images have emerged on Chinese media of thousands of people digging for clams on a long stretch of beach in Shangdong Province, south of the capital Beijing.

The beaches were previously used as private clam farms, but the government recently opened up about 4km (2.5 miles) of coastline for public access, Chinese website NetEase News reports.

Over the weekend, as news spread, residents - as well as fish farmers and merchants - reportedly rushed to the beach to dig up clams lying in the wet shellfish beds.

"The number of people here is likely more than that of clams at its peak," one fisherman tells reporters at the beach, the Shanghaiist blog says.

Thousands of people dig for clams on a beach in Shandong, China
Thousands of people dig for clams on a beach in Shandong, China
Basket of clams

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