We’ve finally reached the end of February and the weather (at least here in Beijing) is starting to gradually warm up under the Spring sun. The welcome, pleasant changes in weather and (hopefully) the retreat of the pollution are harbingers of some other changes, some good some bad, in China’s laws. Below is a list of some of the changes we thought most relevant to our readers.
1) Movie Theatres Forbidden from Falsifying Ticket Sales
Sounds a little bit crazy right? I mean, shouldn’t this be obvious? Isn’t this already the case? In the land of endless surprises that is modern China, apparently not. Legislation will be put into effect on March 1st that will strictly forbid any funny business involving ticket sales reports including false reporting of sales, trade and misleading movie goers about ticket sales of films. So hopefully next time you use Meituan to buy tickets, the seats that it shows were taken will actually be correct.
2) No More Fake Makeup?
Ladies (and gentlemen) imported makeup that you buy in China will be traced from its origin starting on March 1st. Such products must now include sales history and transaction history records. This will hopefully help to ensure the integrity of the product and help to control the counterfeit market. At least until someone figures out how to fake those records.
3) 7 Day Return Policy
Products purchased online will be more strictly regulated and there will now be a mandatory 7 day return policy. If the product is not intact or not up to standard, you have the right to return it no questions asked. Maybe this will help to ward of some of the less scrupulous sellers on Taobao.
4) Shanghai Says: “No More Smoking in Public”
We’re waiting to see whether or not this will actually be enforced. Theoreticaly offenses by business or offices can result in fines from 2,000 to 30,000 RMB. Individual offenders may be fined between 50 and 200 RMB.
Misleading Trademarks and Slogans Banned
Starting March 1st, trademarks, slogans or any key parts of a companies or brands public face are not to have any “negative influence” on customers or “public order”. It will be interesting to see what this actually entails when it is enacted and if, in fact, it is actually enforced.
Source: Pheonix News
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I have seen security guards lighting up in the WC staring at a No smoking sign while urinating. And this was in a middle school. So I think nobody will follow any one of these laws. The government should just get smart and tax the Bleepidy bleep out of the cigarettes just like they do in Canada.
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