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China says no more foreign street names like ‘Manhattan’

/ 02:13 PM March 29, 2016

BEIJING — China says it will clamp down on foreign-sounding and “bizarre” names after too many streets and developments called “Manhattan” or “Venice” have popped up amid decades of frenzied building.

Civil affairs minister Li Liguo said in a recently televised speech that the government will change over-the-top or imported names and encourage real estate developers and city planners to seek inspiration instead from China’s rich cultural heritage.

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“Some cities have multiple ‘Manhattan’ or ‘Venice’ roads,” Li said. “It’s not only an inconvenience to travelers but also erodes a sense of home.”

It’s common in Chinese cities to encounter words like “elite” or “chateau” in the names of shopping malls or housing compounds. In Beijing, there’s a “Central Park” condominium compound while another upscale project goes by “Yuppie International Condos.”

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