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September 26, 2012

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Dance gatherings may vanish

IT'S common around the city to see a gathering of people in a small park or street-side square playing music and dancing. This may soon change.

The city government is considering a law that restricts such activities and fines violators as an increasing number of noise complaints have been lodged.

Those illegally occupying public cultural facilities will be subject to fines between 2,000 yuan (US$316) and 30,000 yuan, according to the latest draft of a law for public facilities such as parks, gardens and squares.

The proposed law requires the city government to set up a hotline to respond to noise complaints.

It also states that participants in neighborhood activities should not disturb fellow residents, otherwise they would be punished.

Public singing and dancing gatherings have become popular, especially among middle-aged people, who find public squares and parks ideal places to spend their leisure time and socialize since it doesn't cost anything.


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