Tourist city to ban large dogs
A tourist city in northern China will ban residents from keeping large dogs such as German shepherds in its centre.
The city of Xi'an in Shaanxi province said in a statement posted on its website that the ban will start on February 1.
The city has three ring roads, and large dogs will be banned in all areas inside the third ring road.
They will also be banned from some places outside the third ring road, including government grounds, schools, hospitals and scenic areas.
The official Xinhua News Agency said 34 types of dogs will be banned.
The rules have been put in place because of worries about rabies and problems with wild dogs.
Xi'an is known for the terracotta warriors - thousands of life-sized clay figures that are one of the most significant archaeological finds of the 20th century.