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China bans civil servants from working at beauty spots

A pier at the Lake Tai close to the city of Suzhou Image copyright AFP
Image caption Lake Tai is renowned for its famous limestone formations - but it is now a no-go area

The Chinese government has posted on its website the pictures of 21 tourist spots where civil servants have been banned from holding meetings.

The Communist Party issued the warning to officials, as part of a drive to crack down on corruption and officials extravagance.

The Great Wall of China and the beach resort of Sanya are on the list.

Holding occasional meetings at a beautiful locations has traditionally been seen as a perk by civil servants.

The Communist Party's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said bureaucrats would now have to pay for trips themselves and travel in their own time.

It posted pictures of the 21 no-go zones under the headline "don't go to these famous scenic sites for meetings, got it?"

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Image caption Workers will have to climb the Great Wall at Badaling in their own time
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Image caption The UNESCO World Heritage Site at Huangshan Park is now a tourist only spot
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Image caption Civil servants who want a view of the southern town of Guilin, will have to settle for a landscape painting
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Image caption There will be no more mixing business with pleasure on the beach in Sanya

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