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China: Teahouse is threat to morality

SHANGHAI, China (AP) — A Shanghai tea house whose name translates roughly as “Frog Keeps a Mistress” has been deemed a threat to public morality and told to get a new moniker, local media said Friday.

The “Qingwa Bao Ernai” shop was violating China’s advertising law, the Shanghai Daily and other newspapers said, citing a local commercial bureau official, Xu Jun.

“The name is also against social morality and common ethics,” Xu was quoted as saying, adding the change was needed to “purify the city’s ad markets.”

The shop had no listed phone number, although a manager identified in the reports only by his surname, Li, was quoted as saying the name was not meant to be risque.

Despite rising wealth and sophistication, Shanghai remains highly conservative in politics and culture and its communist leaders are quick to crack down on ads, art exhibits or media seen as exceeding the vaguely drawn limits.

The move also underscores extreme sensitivity over the widespread practice of keeping mistresses, particularly among government officials who have been ordered by the party to declare any such liaisons.

Shanghai’s former party chief, dismissed last year amid corruption allegations, was rumored to have kept several mistresses.

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