Li Shuping, head of Feixiang district, in Handan city, Hebei
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province, said his district has been trying to address the issue of extravagance.
Li said they were trying to reverse the trend of residents comparing the hosting of w
edding ceremonies and funerals, which has resulted in jealousy and complaints.
The district has ordered all officials to take the lead in rejecting the trend, and residents in 265 village
s have signed letters of commitment against extravagance in hosting such events, he said.
The district has also released a standard on hosting such events to prevent comparison among villagers. It includes re
quiring the wedding ceremony be finished within a day and no fireworks, he said.
Through these efforts, expenditure on events has been significantly reduced, which has been welcomed by villagers, Li said.