In move to protect its reputation as the “most splendid and luxurious city in the world,” Hangzhou will be outlawing public spitting and littering, which have been deemed “uncivilized behavior.”
Offenders will face a fine of 200 yuan ($30) and have their unseemly behavior recorded on file. The rule goes into effect from May 1. So spit while you can.
It apparently comes in response to public demand, a recent survey found that over 90% of respondents disapproved of such activities — but only 10% were inclined to stir trouble by intervening.
Now, with this regulation, “people have the right to stop uncivilized behavior and are protected from being retaliated against.” Which is nice.
But one fears that this law may just come too late, with the Spring Festival pretty much already upon us and Chinese tourists carrying around a bad reputation for “uncivilized behavior” during festive periods.
Stay strong, Hangzhou!!