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Cultural and leisure activities should be affordable for general public

By Yuan Yuexing (People's Daily Overseas Edition)

15:35, April 26, 2012

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

Cultural and leisure activities such as going to the movies, plays, operas, or concerts, which should have been easily available to the general public, have become too expensive in recent years, which is an embarrassing and frustrating situation in China.

Nearly 86 percent of the survey respondents find it too expensive to afford movies, plays, or concerts, according to an online survey covering 12,234 people in the country's 31 provinces, autonomous regions, and municipalities conducted by China Youth Daily's Social Investigation Center through qtick.com and minyi.net.cn.

Nearly 75 percent of respondents seldom participate in cultural and leisure activities, and over 86 percent believe that movies and other arts should not be a luxury.

A movie ticket is usually priced above 50 yuan or even 80 yuan in small and medium-sized Chinese cities. "Many people interested in seeing movies do not want to spend that much money, so why cannot theaters with plenty of empty seats reduce the price of their tickets to a reasonable level?" a moviegoer said.

A primary school teacher in a small county once organized students to see a movie, but about half of the students did not participate in because it was too expensive for them. "Children of poor families are unlikely to enjoy excellent extracurricular education in culture and arts as they are too expensive," the teacher said.

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