They were also told to improve English on all the Signs on Major Roads to prevent foreigners would not get lost while touring china.
Read the story yourself :
Beijing to Improve English Signs on Major Roads
Measures to ensure foreigners in Beijing do not get "lost" are being taken, the Foreign Affairs Office of Beijing Municipality said yesterday.
It expects to improve signs written in English on all the major roads within the Sixth Ring Road and shopping malls by the end of this year.
The capital city currently has 650,000 people from overseas working and living in Beijing.
The figure is set to swell even further in the run-up to the 2008 Olympics.
The signs correction group, supported by a linguist team, will unveil correction plans for signs within the Third Ring Road today.
Meanwhile, by 2008, more Beijing residents than ever before will be able to speak English well enough to help foreigners who ask for assistance.
Checking and correction work for the fourth, fifth and sixth ring roads have already started, said Yang Liuyin, director of the office.
Chen Lin, an English language expert, said: "Creating a sound and smooth language environment is the basic need for anyone."
A drive to promote residents' English oral skills to help build up the city's international image was launched three years ago.
By the end of 2005, 29 out of every 100 Beijingers could speak at least basic English, or 4.45 million people, according to the foreign affairs office.
The figure is expected to increase to 35 per cent by 2008 when the Olympic Games begin, said Yang.
A mass language learning program has been created covering all ages, via TV shows, "English corners" and regional oral and writing competitions.
More than 150,000 people have taken part in hundreds of non-profit public lectures on foreign language and culture learning and etiquette studies.
The lectures received generous contributions from the country's top language training institutes.
(China Daily January 12, 2006)
that was in January 2006, 8 months ago .... today let us goan see whether there is any improvement anot wokeh?
Ok lar after luffing at their English now we goto the place where English is originated from and try to learn a thing or 2 from them .... We goto a place in United Kingdom call Northampton and this sign are found in their Northampton General Hospital :
The Queen's English wei!!!! WUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!
That concludes our English lesson today, hope yall enjoyed the lesson and tune in again next time! Tenkiu!