More than a thousand women in Xi’an participating in the final round of a square dancing competition actually took an oath to create less noise pollution while dancing in the future.
The group dancing, or guangchangwu, is a preferred activity among middle-aged and retired women in China who find it a good way to keep fit and socialize. It’s also often seen as a nuisance to local residents who must endure the dancers’ music blaring out of speakers on a nightly occurrence.
These particular dancers were from 27 teams in the second Weiyang district square dancing competition final. The evening before the final competition, the women gathered and pledged to produce less noise pollution while dancing in the future. They also promised to hold the square dance sessions only between 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., with the volume kept under 60 decibels. They said that the pledge aimed to promote fitness in a civilized way and allowed residents have a silent night.
Despite earning ire from Chinese urbanites, 75 percent of Shanghai residents said in a poll recently that they supported the square dancing sessions, as they believed it could help the middle-aged simultaneously exercise and form a sense of community. Only 8.6 percent of residents cited the dancing aunties as being a lead contributor to noise pollution.
Perhaps poll participants would be less forgiving in Wuhan or Changsha, where local residents gathered to throw feces at dancing aunties in protest against their noisy nightly activity.
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By Jennifer Hui