“How can the city be called Guangzhou without the banyan trees,” one user wrote on the Weibo microblogging service. “[With these trees] chopped, [the government] better plant banyans back.”
Among the officials who were punished included Lin Daoping, a city vice mayor, who was given a warning and sacked, according to China’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection. Four other officials were also fired. Since late 2020, Guangzhou has removed many banyan trees as part of municipal beautification projects.
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