China Gets A Makeover

Yes, Beijing is getting ready to host the 2008 Olympics, but even that can't explain why the government just spent some $56,000 painting southwest China's Laoshou Mountain green to cover up scars left by a strip-mining operation. Here are some of China's other "beautification" campaigns that are in the works.

NO MORE SPIT SHINE The country has tried for years to get residents to stop spitting in public, but in February, Beijing got tough and imposed a $6.50 fine--a day's salary--for anyone caught doing so.

TROUBLED WATERS China, still a laggard in environmental issues, is responding to a 40% drop in...

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