For the first time in 16-years, Beijing cleans moat surrounding Forbidden City

By Nona Tepper, September 5, 2014

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Yuck! The moat surrounding the Forbidden City is being cleaned for the first time in 16-years, Xinhua reported on September 4.

All 7,600 cubic meters of sludge will be dredged from the Tongzi River by October 1st, in preparation for the National Holiday and “for the protection of cultural relics.” River water will be replaced by water from China’s North Sea.

The moat was originally constructed during the Ming Dynasty.

Although employees from Dongcheng Environmental Sanitation Engineering Group clean and empty the numerous trash cans that surround the moat everyday (emphasis on numerous), workers complain they have not been given the right technology, training and also unpredictable weather prevents them from routinely cleaning the Tongzi River.

But, now employees will turn over a new leaf (or, in this case, many rotten leaves). They will begin clearing plastic bags, instant noodle containers and corncob rinds that have lay stagnant for 16-years inside this ancient and important cultural relic. Today, the That's Beijing staff is especially thankful for their office jobs. 

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