No, China isn't going to crackdown on old ladies dancing in public parks

By Erik Crouch, March 26, 2015

0 0

The internet was abuzz earlier this week after news broke that Chinese authorities planned to clamp down on the nation-wide phenomenon of middle-aged women dancing in parks, due to "widespread public complaints about loud music." Our fears, it turns out, were a bit premature.

"Official stresses standard square dancing no mandatory," Xinhua proclaims (with a few typing errors). Apparently the entire thing can be chalked up to one poorly written press release by China's General Administration of Sport (GAS).

GAS announced earlier in the week that it planned to release a set of "standardized" dances and songs for waltzing ayi's. Through some sloppy wording (and/or a really eager, rumor-mongering press) this spawned a rumor that the "official" dances were the only ones legally allowed.

"Asking all square dancing groups to follow only one standard is definitely impossible, and we never meant to do that," said Liu Guoyang, head of the GAS 'department for mass sports.'

If the standardized songs (which, unfortunately enough, include Little Apple) become popular voluntarily, then, as Xinhua desperately tries to write, "dancers still have the freedom to vote by feet."

more news

22 policemen punished in China's 'sex capital' after crackdown

22 policemen have been punished in a prostitution crack down in China's so-called ''capital of sex'' Dongguan.

Useful Mandarin Phrases: Thanksgiving

A list of essential Thanksgiving phrases to help you through the classic American holiday!

30 Awesome Things To Do in Shenzhen

A selection of some of the best things to do in Shenzhen.

This Day in History: China Star Li Ning Shines at 1984 Olympics

Defying a Soviet Union-led boycott, Li Ning earns the nickname Prince of Gymnasts.

This Day in History: China Ends the Eunuch Era

Finally banned in 1924, the system had endured for over 3,000 years and through 25 dynasties.

This Week in History: The Marco Polo Bridge Incident

On July 7, 1937, the cataclysmic event that led to the start of the Second Sino-Japanese War.

New Film 'The Six' Tells Untold Titanic Chinese Survivors' Story

Arthur Jones' new documentary gets nationwide release this Friday.

0 User Comments

In Case You Missed It…

We're on WeChat!

Scan our QR Code at right or follow us at thatsonline for events, guides, giveaways and much more!

7 Days in China With

Weekly updates to your email inbox every Wednesday


Download previous issues

Never miss an issue of That's Magazines!

Visit the archives