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Bro­ken wa­ter pipe forces res­i­dents to flee

A wa­ter pipe serv­ing two build­ings in a Xiyayuan res­i­den­tial com­mu­nity in Fang­shan dis­trict broke and left about 90 fam­i­lies with­out wa­ter for five days, forc­ing them to move out tem­po­rar­ily, the Bei­jing Morn­ing Post re­ported.

On March 2, the res­i­den­tial area lost wa­ter due to a bro­ken main. The wa­ter au­thor­i­ties acted quickly and in­stalled a tem­po­rary wa­ter tank in the com­mu­nity within 24 hours. How­ever, the tank could not sup­ply wa­ter to res­i­dents liv­ing above the fifth floor in some build­ings. A res­i­dent sur­named Zhang said the wa­ter pipe broke many times in 2016 and that the prop­erty man­age­ment depart­ment should be re­spon­si­ble for it.

Fa­mous old restau­rant re­opens

Baodu Zhang, an old restau­rant brand that sells baodu, tra­di­tional Bei­jing food made of sheep or swine in­testines re­opened its doors re­cently af­ter be­ing shut­tered for a few days by the au­thor­i­ties for op­er­at­ing with­out a busi­ness li­cense, the Bei­jing Morn­ing Post re­ported.

The restau­rant had been op­er­at­ing with­out a li­cense since it moved out of an old hu­tong in 2008 be­cause it did not have the req­ui­site prop­erty own­er­ship cer­tifi­cate nec­es­sary to ap­ply for a new busi­ness li­cense. As a re­sult, it was closed. To pro­tect the old brand, the Xicheng dis­trict gov­ern­ment later is­sued the cer­tifi­cate to the restau­rant owner and per­mit­ted its re­open­ing.

Public toi­lets in Tiantongyuan closed

Public toi­lets in four res­i­den­tial com­mu­ni­ties in the Tiantongyuan area in Chang­ping dis­trict have been closed since Septem­ber. A com­mu­nity ad­min­is­tra­tion em­ployee said they are all un­der main- ten­ance, the Bei­jing Morn­ing Post re­ported.

Many res­i­dents in the area said the shut­down of the toi­lets has af­fected their lives. They com­plained to the com­mu­nity ad­min­is­tra­tion and neigh­bor­hood of­fices, but have re­ceived no re­sponse.

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