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China bans private clubs in historical sites

Updated: Oct 28,2014 7:49 AM     Xinhua

BEIJING -- The Chinese government on Oct 27 issued a ban on private clubs in historical buildings and parks.

Establishing private clubs in such public places is an encroachment upon the common good, and has long been criticized by society, according to the regulation released by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development and other departments.

The rule clarifies the definition of historical buildings, ranging from nationwide culture relic protection sites to martyr memorial facilities and religious places.

According to the ban, private clubs include the provision of board and lodging, gyms and entertainment venues.

A national campaign will be launched to clear up such private clubs in historical buildings and parks, said the regulation which will go into effect on Nov 1, 2014.

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