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Bathroom Building Boom Begins for Women in Shenzhen

Posted: 08/1/2014 10:30 am

wc female bathroomShenzhen ladies: even if you are without pink parking spots or pink holidays, your city wants you to know that they support equality for women when it comes to bathroom use. That means more bathrooms for women are on the way.

The Urban Planning Land and Resources Commission of Shenzhen has announced it will be increasing public bathroom services for women throughout the city in a new regulation to go into effect on August 1 that will see two or three new female bathrooms built for every one for males, reports China Daily. The new regulations will make a greater number of women’s bathrooms mandatory for any new buildings built for the next three years.

READ: Women in Guangzhou Want More Toilets, Occupy the Men’s Loo

An online poll conducted by SZnews showed that 93% of respondents support the new regulations, while 92% pointed out that existing facilities need to be renovated in order to meet expectations.

Some men expressed dissatisfaction with the new regulation, suggesting that unisex toilets should be built instead.

It is not known if similar steps will be taken in neighboring Dongguan, which is currently experiencing a gender imbalance of 118 men for every 100 women according to 2010 census figures. Data from 2000 showed that Dongguan was once full of female residents when there were 89 men for every 100 women.


Photos: life.zdface


Guangdong to License Streetside Food Vendors

Posted: 07/16/2014 10:47 pm

food vendorLegislation is being proposed in Guangdong Province to give legal rights to streetside food vendors that are currently unlicensed, reports Shanghai Daily. Under the new guidelines, streetside food vendors will be allowed to operate their businesses in specific areas at designated times.

While vendors will be allowed to apply for a license free of charge, it will be the government that will determine where and when they can do business.

READ: Trial System to License Guangdong Street Peddlers
Will Make Street Food “Safer”

Street vendors operating outside authorized zones and times will still be breaking the law. Furthermore, the new legislation only covers street vendors that sell food.

China’s current laws do not cover streetside food vendors because their businesses are deemed to be too small. Besides not being legally recognized, these food vendors are unregulated and aren’t inspected by any public health authority.

Conflicts between street vendors and chengguan, known as the municipal authority that enforces laws against the vendors, are a regular occurrence.

food vendor


Photo: BJCG, hinnews


Guangdong to crack down on illegal foreigners

Posted: 04/3/2011 1:24 am

If your employer hasn’t applied for a proper work visa for you, or you haven’t registered your home with the local police office, you’d better get on it.

As we can all see by looking around us, Guangdong is growing fast and the opportunities here are drawing people from all over the world. This is creating some headaches for the Guangdong Provincial Government, which is trying to keep track of everything. With more and more laowai making Guangdong their home, the government has decided to enlist locals to help it police the comings and goings of foreign residents. In a move that is reminiscent of the Cultural Revolution, the government has a new policy implemented effective May 1 that encourages residents to report any malpractice by foreigners, such as overstaying their visa or working without a proper one. From the venerable China Daily:

The regulation, approved by the provincial government on Jan 21, was posted on the local government website recently and is the first of its kind concerning management of foreigners on the mainland.

The six-chapter, 67-article regulation stipulates that no one is allowed to provide accommodation for foreigners who have overstayed or are without a valid passport.

Property owners violating the rule will be fined three times the amount of the monthly rent they charge.

The regulation came as the booming province has attracted a growing number of foreigners seeking employment and trade opportunities.

More than 63,000 permanent foreign residents are registered in Guangdong and more than 4 million foreigners visit the province annually. But the province has witnessed a growing number of illegal immigrants working or doing business.

To be fair, this stuff should be common sense for anybody that intends to live here, but a good reminder to get your proverbial stuff in order lest your workmate or neighbour rat you out.

Especially in Shenzhen, which will see the Universiade arrive this summer, it’s best to make sure that all your paperwork is in order should anybody come to check up on you.

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