Thursday, February 08, 2007
Beijing is trying to repress spitting, littering and milling crowds around bus stops and subway stations as the Olympics approach. People spitting in the streets in Beijing will be fined up to 50 yuan (about US$6.5) in an effort to improve citizens' behavior ahead of the Olympics, an official said Wednesday. The capital city has sought to enrol the media and famous people in its efforts to build a more civilized city for the Olympics, and devised punishment and reward schemes and slogans for city districts. "We want to raise citizens' awareness of civilized behavior, not just fine them," Zhang said.