China stems outbreak of flower power
China has unveiled the latest weapon in its war on extravagance and corruption: a crackdown on oversized pot plants and flower beds.
State media announced that Beijing was cutting the number of floral arrangements that would be placed around Tiananmen Square in the lead-up to the October 1 bank holiday.
This is the day on which the foundation of the People's Republic of China is commemorated.
Visitors to the square would "see smaller and simpler parterres than in previous years", the state news agency Xinhua reported.
The ban on excessive floristry was part of a "campaign to boost ties between officials and the public and exorcise undesirable work styles such as formalism, bureaucracy, hedonism and extravagance", the agency added. (© Daily Telegraph, London)