Chinese city is first to ban food, pets on subway

Beijing, Jan 7 (IANS) China's Wuhan city has slapped the first official ban in the country on eating, drinking, smoking or taking pets on a subway train.

Eating or drinking even a sip of water on a train in the provincial capital of Hubei could cost passengers 200 yuan ($32), the China Daily reported Monday.

Wuhan's subway opened Dec 28. Spanning 27 km, it is central China's first subway and also the first to cross the Yangtze river, the longest river in the country.

Drawing graffiti, handing out brochures and selling goods are banned on the train.

An official said the Wuhan regulation was intended to keep the subway clear of strong food odour, for example those associated with some types of instant noodles.

Many cities on the Chinese mainland discourage eating at subways, but no city had previously imposed an official ban.

Eating and drinking on subways is banned in Hong Kong.

A similar ban was proposed in a draft regulation for Shanghai, but was later rejected at a legislative hearing.

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