‘Exotic names’ will soon vanish
The Chinese government is moving to ban “exotic” names given to places, buildings and complexes to protect and preserve traditional culture.
In recent years, real estate developers and some local governments have chosen names based on locations and buildings overseas, such as “Manhattan” and “Venice”.
decided to ban the use of place names inspired by locations overseas, and have ordered the removal of the imported monikers by the end of June next year.
To curb the growing use of foreign names, Li Liguo, the minister for civil affairs, has ordered governments at all levels to standardize place names and protect long-standing geographical or historical names.