Bei­jing bans con­struc­tion of golf cour­ses

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

The con­struc­tion of golf cour­ses, higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tutes and big hos­pi­tals has been banned for in­side Bei­jing.

They are on a list that China’s cap­i­tal city re­cently re­leased of in­dus­tries that are banned or re­stricted from new con­struc­tion so the city can make room for high-end in­dus­tries. The con­struc­tion of ho­tels, of­fice build­ings and ex­hi­bi­tion cen­ters also will be re­stricted.

The move will put a cap on heav­ily pol­lut­ing, wa­ter and en­ergy- con­sum­ing in­dus­tries.

Although China banned build­ing golf cour­ses in 2004, new con­struc­tion con­tin­ues un­der the guise of agri­cul­tural demon­stra­tion parks and eco­log­i­cal tour vil­lages. It’s re­ported that Bei­jing alone has over 200 il­le­gal golf cour­ses. In May, the city govern­ment de­mol­ished two golf cour­ses claim­ing nearly 60 hectares of farm­land.

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