What do you do when pollution reaches Mordor levels, but you can’t reduce car and factory emissions in time for next year’s APEC summit? Blame the guy frying scallion pancakes in his third floor walk-up, of course! Along with banning outdoor barbecue earlier this year, Beijing Foreign Affairs Office is now cracking down on indoor cooking too, Offbeat China reports.
Said Zhao Huimin, the Director of the Beijing Foreign Affairs Office:
“Our Chinese cooking styles also contribute [in addition to cars and factories] a lot to PM 2.5 density. We hope Beijing citizens corporate with us and work with the government to clean the air.” Zhou continued.
Inevitably, the measure was ridiculed by Netizens:
[-]吉利嗯 [referencing Beijing’s car regulations] Why not set up a lottery system to decide who can buy cooking ware and who cannot, just like with license plates?
[-]Yi昕然 Cooking on odd-numbered days, and cold foods on even-numbered days. For APEC!
[-]Yi昕然 1. Those with odd apartment numbers are allowed to cook on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Those with even apartment numbers are allowed to cook on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
2. Those without a Beijing hukou or who haven’t paid Beijing local taxes for 5 consecutive years are not allowed to cook.
3. Those with family members weighted over 75 kg are not allowed to cook
[-]Anonymous Fart pollutes the air, too. We hope citizens fart as little as possible.
Watch the Zhao Huimin interview below
[Via Sina Weibo]