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Nanjing cracks down on dogs and fishing

NANJING is cracking down on dogs and fishing.

The city government has introduced regulations banning dogs in the pedestrian mall at the Confucius Temple and banning fishing in the neighboring Qinhuai River in Nanjing, capital city of Jiangsu Province.

The city government is asking for public opinion on the regulations, Oriental Morning Post reported today. The government is also prohibiting shopkeepers from using loudspeakers to attract customers.

The Confucius Temple (the Fuzi Temple) and the Qinhuai River are two of the most famous tourist attractions in Nanjing.

The Confucius Temple is applying to be recognized as the nation's leading tourist attraction and is in need of regulatory backup to help it improve its services, the report said.

Officials with the Legislative Affairs Office of Nanjing said it is necessary to ban dogs as there are too many people in the pedestrian mall. Dogs can be walked in other areas of the Confucius Temple.

Anyone caught fishing in Qinhuai River will be fined from 50 yuan (US$7.4) to 200 yuan.

The Confucius Temple is a temple devoted to the memory of Confucius and the sages and philosophers of Confucianism. The Qinhuai River, a branch of the great Yangtze River, is the cradle of the culture of Nanjing.


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