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Queue Day
    2008-07-03 14:57:43     CRIENGLISH.com

Starting from last Feburary, every eleventh day of the month has been an officially designated "Queue Day" for Beijing residents, as the number "11" represents two people in a line. The idea is to discourage queue jumping and encourage more respect for public order.

Our reporter Lu Chen has talked to some commuters and brings you the story.


Orderly queue used to be a rare sight wherever you try to get on a bus or to buy a ticket. Last year, a campaign has been launched to try to eradicate queue-jumping in the capital ahead of the Olympic Games.

Thousands of people wearing red sashes have been out on the streets trying to persuade people to wait in line in order to present a better image of China to the world. Mr Yan is one of them. He works during rush hours in the morning and afternoon to kindly remind queue jumpers of their inappropriate behavior.

But it seems that this kind of people is becoming fewer and fewer. Mr. Yan says commuters queue up voluntarily at the bus station.

"As we know, on the eleventh day of every month is the Queue Day, but here I find every day is the queue day, for people wait in line spontaneously."

Local residents appreciate the efforts made by people like Mr. Yan. They not only help to keep the order at bus station but also promote the idea of civilized public manner.

(Male)"Queueing up is a basic civilized quality of a citizen. We should follow it."

(Female)"It is a good thing that these people urge those queue jumpers to wait in line. People with good manners will have a positive influence on others so that everyone will consider feelings of others."

At Fuxing men subway exchange stop, a range of measures including picture showcasing, service counter and education campaigns have been carried out to urge people to form the good social manners. Zhu Zhiying, director of the Fuxing men subway stop, says the change is obvious.

(Female)"After one year's effort, people keep it in mind that they should wait in a line at the subway platform. For the few who stand in the wrong place, we have the responsibility to remind them to stand after others."

As no detail is too small to host an impressive Olympic Games, other social ills like spitting and litter drop are also needed to be tackled as soon as possible.

For China Drive, I'm Lu Chen.



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