[Updated] Stores in a major Northern China city close in large scale in the wake of government inspection

Alia | August 7th, 2012 - 12:53 am

[Update] The official Weibo account of the city of Shenyang said that there was no large scale government inspection of any kind. And there was no hefty fines. It also urged small business owners to not to believe in rumors to re-open stores. A very “official” and cliche government response.

Pictures of Shenyang, capital and largest city in China’s Northern province Liaoning, turning into a ghost town started to circulate online yesterday. There is no confirmed reason of why stores in the city were closed by large scale all of a sudden, only speculations.

One version of the speculation has that Shenyang, the city to hold China’s National Games, is short of funding so that local government organized a new round of anti-counterfeit and public hygiene inspections among small private businesses to harvest fines from small business owners.

Another version stared on Sina Weibo, China’s Twitter-like service, rumored that all the shutting-down was due to a bigger –than-ever inspection of illegitimate businesses.  A toothpick wholesale store at a big local market was caught and fined because it didn’t have a license for forestry.

凯迪网络, the official Weibo account of KDNET.com, a popular liberal BBS in China, shared similar stories via a long Weibo post. According to the post, Shenyang has turned into a complete ghost town. Most small businesses in the city were closed, including bath centers and pharmacies. It was even hard to buy food, bottled water and soy sauce.

Though it’s still unclear why all stores closed overnight, a post shared by netizen 小寒日志 showed a government document issued by local police department saying that all stores were asked to re-open by 3 pm in the afternoon. The document, or the part that was shared on Weibo, didn’t mention anything about what lead to a ghost town Shenyang.

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2 Responses to “[Updated] Stores in a major Northern China city close in large scale in the wake of government inspection”

  1. Ben says:

    Wow, stellar reporting. No one in china who took the photos thought to ask anyone around why all of the businesses were closed? They just start making shit up? Get some quotes in there, a video of a local businessman, anything but just photos of walls and gates.

  2. Sam Reeves says:

    It is unusual if the whole city has this problem. Usually they choose a couple of streets to do this in.

    I had a friend who owned a business on one of the streets that the government watchdogs descended upon. Every single business closed for a week except hers… her father was a government official, so they didn’t dare.

    They actually didn’t even bother to check her establishment for possibility of breaking any laws at all.

    Different laws for different people I guess!

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