...No detail is too small in the eyes of Olympic organizers determined to spiff up residents of the capital city and make a grand impression on visitors. First, officials cracked down on public spitting. Then, they took aim at those who cut in line.
Recently, they even issued guidelines on how ordinary Chinese should dress. Men should avoid wearing white socks with black shoes -- a very popular practice here -- and older women were advised to stay away from miniskirts. Millions of residents received pamphlets outlining these rules, which also included a prohibition on wearing pajamas while walking on the street, another popular practice, especially in neighborhoods for retirees.