I know everyone wants to talk about North Korea’s nukes and bird flu, but here’s the big news from our neighbourhood today: a legion of chengguan 城管 showed up to crackdown on vegetable gardens and backyard chicken coups, as was warned about in notices stuck on all the gates a few days ago.
My hunch is the neighbourhood management saw an opportunity in the bird flu situation and took it. The story is this was a village ten years ago and the villagers were compensated with apartment square meterage matching that of their village homes, end result being that this neighbuorhood has a higher percentage of peasants than the average urban development.
Anyway, the chengguan were right outside our windows around 11:15 this morning:
I was at work and Jessica took this out the kitchen window. She said about 30 people in all.
They’re cracking down on domestic chicken coups and vegetable gardens like these:
The notice said it was OK to plant trees and flowers, but not vegetables. Panties weren’t mentioned.
I took a quick spin around the neighbourhood before lunch while out getting eggs. There are vegetable gardens all over the place, but I didn’t see evidence of any being disturbed. Maybe they’re saving their bylaw enforcement for after 休息, and this morning was just recon?
More fun with Chengguan: