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Post time 2006-3-2 09:52:45 |Display all floors
"Beijing clamps down on spitting  
By Rupert Wingfield-Hayes
BBC News, Beijing  

China has tried to encourage the public to stop spitting before
With the Beijing Olympics now only two years away, the authorities have launched a campaign against
one of the city's least pleasant habits: spitting.

The local government says it is part of a campaign to raise the ethical and cultural standards of the city ahead of the 2008 Games.

Foreign visitors to Beijing are often astonished by its citizens' capacity for expelling mucus. Spitting is not
just confined to the open air. The floors of shops and restaurants are often peppered with phlegm.

But Beijingers are now being told they must abandon this cherished tradition. The Beijing Capital Ethics
Development Office has declared spitting the city's number one bad habit.

Special bags

Police have been ordered out on to the streets to track down offenders. Closed circuit television cameras will be used to catch them in the act. "

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Post time 2006-3-2 12:15:43 |Display all floors

The first thing I thought of was Beijing.......

Olympics.

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Post time 2006-3-2 12:46:20 |Display all floors
spitting is just...yuck.
"扶摇万重兮,
放我麒麟冲荡。
清清渭水兮,
舞我手中霓裳。 "

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Post time 2006-3-2 23:03:32 |Display all floors

Good idea!

Originally posted by iluv2fish at 2006-3-2 09:52
"Beijing clamps down on spitting  
By Rupert Wingfield-Hayes
BBC News, Beijing  

China has tried to encourage the public to stop spitting before
With the Beijing Olympics now only two ...

This disgusting and unhealthy habit should be permanently deleted from the chinese society...sooner the better.:)

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Post time 2006-3-2 23:51:43 |Display all floors

the sooner ,the better,I agree

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Post time 2006-3-3 10:06:25 |Display all floors

Olympic city wages hi-tech war on spitting

From The Guardian

Foreign visitors to Beijing are often dismayed to have to dodge the phlegm spattering the paths to the Temple of Heaven - and just about everywhere else in the Chinese capital. But with the 2008 Olympics fast approaching, a new government anti-spitting campaign aims to clean up the city's streets and manners.
Officials yesterday identified spitting as Beijing's worst habit and vowed to crack down - supported by a new hi-tech police unit. They will be fighting tradition and geography. For most of Beijing's 14 million residents, spitting is considered not only acceptable but necessary to clear the throat of the dust and grit in one of the world's driest and most polluted cities.

But surveys show a growing number of residents find the habit unpleasant and unhygienic. "This year we will intensify our law-enforcement efforts in this field," said Zhang Huiguang, director of the Capital Ethics Development Office.
Anti-spitting volunteers are already handing out small "spit bags" in which people can deposit their saliva. Ms Zhang has given etiquette lectures at local universities. More than 2m guidebooks to good manners are being distributed, and police have launched a "mobile command car", equipped with a satellite link and two rotating video cameras. Costing more than £70,000, it is meant to spot spitters and present them with video evidence to back up their 50 yuan (£3.50) fine.

In a radio debate, some listeners said the vehicle was a waste of money. "You don't change habits simply through punishment," said one. "It's more important to change thinking through education."

But Beijing has waged anti-spitting campaigns before. The last time was in the 2003 Sars crisis. After a brief respite, the streets were soon spattered with the all-too-familiar sight.

Hope this can be an effective way.

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Post time 2006-3-3 14:54:53 |Display all floors

cherished habit??

From what I've read just 10 or 20 years ago this nasty habit was not as widely accepted as it is today.

It seems like one of those things where one person thinks they can't make a difference....similar to the recycling attitude.

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