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Beijing to improve service for 2008 Olympics
Updated: 2005-07-31 18:52

The Chinese capital Beijing aims to increase 500 community chain laundries and 1,000 convenient supermarkets and stores in the next three years in a bid to upgrade its retail sales and catering service quality.

This is part of the municipal government's efforts to make preparations for the 2008 Olympic Games to be hosted by the city, Beijing-based Economic Daily reported on Sunday.

In line with the plan, 55 large and medium-sized shopping centers, supermarkets and franchisers in the city will be renovated to make it easy for disabled persons to enter and depart, the report said.

Meanwhile, service quality and standard in retail sales, catering and service sectors will be improved to better protect the rights of consumers.

Besides, 90 percent of the employees in the above-mentioned industries are required to take part in English-learning classes to help facilitate communications with foreigners in the future.

The city will also focus efforts on constructing and improving 10 famous streets, including the Wangfujin street, a downtown shopping center, the Shichahai street, well-known for pubs, and the Liulichang street, a famous cultural shopping center featuringa wealth of antiques, paintings, calligraphy scrolls by prestigious artists and eminent scholars.

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