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No Lights Off, No Private Rooms, and Other New Massage Rules in Guangdong

Posted: 07/8/2014 3:17 pm

massage Massage parlors in Guangdong are going to be under new rules designed to help clean up the profession, reports MSN.

Guangdong Province is looking for suggestions from the public on how best to police the industry in light of its frequent association with prostitution. According to the report, steam room and bathing facilities will be mandatory in all Guangdong massage parlors in the future.

READ: Man Goes for a Massage in Shenzhen, Leaves Paralyzed

Other proposed guidelines include:

  • can not provide services within any enclosed rooms
  • can not set dividing partitions or screens
  • can not turn off lights
  • can not have non-transparent doors
  • can not engage in prostitution

Furthermore,  massage parlors must register the personal identification of all clients that request services from 2am to 8am, and then log it with the local PSB.

Failure to comply with these rules will result in a fine ranging from RMB 10,000 to RMB 30,000. The regulations will cover any place that provides massages and includes services such as saunas, hydrotherapy, Chinese manual health therapy, and reflexology.

READ: Foshan Court Rules that Happy Ending Massages
Do Not Amount to Prostitution

Meanwhile, regulatory bodies that will enforce these rules will also be given their own guidelines in which regulatory teams:

  • must consist of at least two people
  • must always provide proper identification
  • can never open massage parlors of their own
  • can not frequent massage parlors
  • can not misuse their authority over massage parlors

Starting on August 6, provincial residents will be able to leave their suggestions on the provincial law office website.


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Hundreds of “Naked Officials” Punished in Guangdong

Posted: 05/31/2014 4:56 pm

streaking will ferrel old school“Yes, they call him the streak…”: In yet another crackdown on government corruption, hundreds of Guangdong Province officials have been punished with demotions for being “naked officials”, reports China Daily.

127 Dongguan officials have been demoted, as have 128 officials from Jiangmen. None of them will be considered for promotion. Nine are said to have been in senior positions.

READ: Guangdong Official Sacked Over Nude Photos Published by Mistress 

Called a “luoguan” (裸官) in Chinese, a naked official is a government official who has sent his wife and children to live and study abroad, thus being a man that is “naked” without his family.

The government believes naked officials set a poor example because they send away their most prized commodities for safe keeping.

READ: What’s Up with Guangdong’s Dirty Officials?
Another Embroiled in a Scandal

Yang Jianwei, vice president of the Guangdong Provincial CPC Party School, told the People’s Daily, “Naked officials are not necessarily problematic officials. But when you are holding a high post in the country alone by yourself, how can you make the people believe that you’ll dedicate all you have to serve them?

RELATED: Sexist Guangdong Official Puts Foot in Mouth, Leaves It There

Nudity is something that is frowned upon in China, just like transparent shower curtains and looking down when you change your clothes. If the issue here is simply with the term “naked”, then it would be proper at this juncture to heed the words of illustrious poet Ray Stevens who had this to say about public (official) nudity:

He ain’t crude, look at that, look at that
He ain’t lewd, look at that, look at that
He’s just in the mood to run in the nude

As Yang grapples with the lack of faith demonstrated by the public towards a group of officials they had no influence in selecting, then maybe the image problem can be solved by a 70s country song that righteously starts on the IV chord.

Anyways, at this point for these naked officialsit seems like initiating a “cover up” is besides the point.


Related stories on things Guangdong officials aren’t able to do:
No More First Class Flights for Guangdong Officials
No More Clubbing for Guangzhou Officials
Guangdong Officials Banned from Using Triad Nomenclature
In Trying to Clean Up the Environment, Guangdong Cracks Down on Officials
Guangdong Opens an Anti-Corruption Education Camp for Officials
Guangdong Officials Asked to Return Their Cheap Social Housing Apartments
Local Officials Ask to “Borrow” Orphans to Make Themselves Look Good
Deputy Mayor of Dongguan Under Investigation

Photo: CagePotato


Guangzhou Officials Asked to Return Their Cheap Social Housing Apartments

Posted: 05/16/2014 9:38 am

We can file this under “Never-Gonna-Happen”.

The public has demanded officials disclose their assets and properties for a long time now, and yet still nothing fruitful or noteworthy has come of it. Now, Guangzhou is expecting its officials in Huangpu District to voluntarily return any extra apartments they have improperly allocated for their own use before the end of this month.

If that is the case, the officials will have a lot of paper work to do, and a lot of properties to conceal, and the commission fees for some of the city’s big housing agents will be going through the roof from now until then.

All division level (处级以上) officials and higher working in institutions under the Huangpu District’s government, Communist Party Committee or state companies are subject to the new rule, according to Guangzhou Daily’s report on Wednesday.

Officials who own more than two social housing apartments, or officials who use their connections to buy low-income housings for their children and relatives, are expected to return those properties, the report said. But it did not mention any punishment for officials who refuse to do so.

But as if to appease the public about the rule’s successful implementation in the foreseeable future, the report cited an example of how the district has cleared out more than 190 improperly used government offices measuring 5,875.44 square meters in total since it issued a similar directive late last year.

Like so many other new rules Guangdong has recently unveiled including banning officials from calling each other “brother” or “boss” and the right to go clubbing, we can bank on the ultimate rule that has always, time after time, never failed to deliver – “wherever there is a policy from the top, there is a counter-policy from the bottom (上有政策,下有对策)”.

Home page photo credit: Anhui Daily 


Guangdong Officials Banned from Using Triad Nomenclature

Posted: 05/14/2014 8:10 pm

According to a missive issued by the Guangdong Provincial Bureau of Discipline Supervision, all workers belonging to government bodies are now forbidden to call each other names like “boss“, “Don“, or any other titles with underworld implications.

Also made forbidden is the practice by which some government workers have taken to calling subordinates by the nomenclature of “brother” or “bro“.

The Bureau of Discipline Supervision stated this practice destroys both party democracy and the image of the public servant; as such, it is not conducive to the character of the Party and the People’s government, and so is forbidden.

The missive does not cover it, but we’re not sure what to call a envelope that is red in color except maybe a “red envelope”.

No More First Class Flights for Guangdong Officials
No More Clubbing for Guangzhou Officials
In Trying to Clean Up the Environment, Guangdong Cracks Down on Officials
Local Officials Ask to “Borrow” Orphans to Make Themselves Look Good

Photo: m1905


Smoking rules get tough in Shenzhen

Posted: 02/14/2014 11:11 am

Shenzhen is starting to take the lead in restricting smoking in public places. The city has released a list of venues where smoking will be completely banned starting in March, according to Xinhua.

According to a notice issued by Shenzhen Health and Family Planning Commission, smoking will be banned in all public government offices, meeting rooms of state organs, nurseries, kindergartens, schools, hospitals, libraries, archives, exhibition halls, science and technological museums, art galleries and other exhibition places, theatres, cinemas, parks, banks, shopping malls, hotels, restaurant, elevators (finally!) and exhibition centres.

While it might seem like common sense to ban smoking in places like kindergartens and nurseries, Shenzhen does plan to take this a step further in the future. The regulations point out that smoking will be “limited” in other venues such as bars and cafés, but not until 2016.

Home page photo credit: The Guardian

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