For the past several years, just before December 25, Kunming's Public Security Bureau (PSB) has issued at least one public notice reminding holiday revelers to mind their manners during the imported holiday season. This year was no different, although the powers that be may have published a few more edicts in 2014 than in years past.
Here then is a brief distillation of the various announcements, prohibitions, warnings and good wishes from our friends at the PSB. They are presented here, translated and abridged from the original Chinese, for your winter viewing pleasure.
Somehow, the 'tradition' of stockpiling massive amounts of aerosol spray snow and then descending on unwitting strangers under barrages of foam has become common around the city center. In an effort to limit such mayhem, the PSB has forbidden all unlicensed curbside peddlers from selling feixue (飞雪) products.
Previous holiday seasons have seen instances of "people chasing each other with spray foam snow and causing personal injury and property damage," according to a PSB statement. Because of this, anyone caught selling or using "counterfeit" spray snow products will be investigated for legal liability and possibly held criminally responsible. This is also true for other inflammable items — such as fireworks — deemed a danger to public order. Anyone wishing to report violations of the regulations listed above can call the PSB emergency number 110, or, for non-emergencies, the Urban Management Bureau at 12319.
The PSB also wishes to inform the general public that several streets bordering Jinbi Square and Nanping Square will only be open to one-way traffic on the evenings of December 24 and 25. Buses normally traveling through these areas may be rerouted and several thoroughfares will be closed to parking vehicles of any kind. These temporary changes will go into effect each night at 7pm and last until midnight. For a complete list (in Chinese) of roads affected, click here.
Not only concerned with traffic patterns and legal proscriptions, the police remind everyone to try and limit the amount of wasteful paper products and gifts they may purchase during the holiday season. Several PSB announcements end with the rousing reminder, "Do not litter on Christmas, be joyful, but don't forget to be civilized."
We at GoKunming couldn't agree more. Happy holidays, everyone!
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