China squares up to noisy dancing grannies

They may be the senior citizens, but Beijing’s dancing grannies have become a national headache for the Chinese authorities.

Square-dancing grannies have been disruptive and noisy according to younger citizens of Beijing

Square-dancing grannies have been disruptive and noisy according to younger citizens of Beijing Image by gill_penney / CC BY 2.0

While their antics have become something of a tourist attraction to people visiting the capital, their dancing has become so disruptive and noisy that officials have issued a new list of regulations for square-dancing, it was reported in Chinese state media this week.

NBC News reports that the tens of millions of older women who get together in public to dance as a way to exercise in the country, have become a source of annoyance to younger people and their antics have sparked a major backlash.

And the older generation have been told to check a list of 12 approved dances following complaints from younger citizens, who see them as a public nuisance.

Guangchang Wu, the local name for square-dancing, has been seen as one aspect of Chinese culture until the current round of disputes arose over noise.

The China Daily newspaper reports that the Head of Sport Liu Guoyong as admitting the authorities had to implement new national standards and regulations.

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