A signboard in Chinese at a restaurant in the central city of Da Nang / FILE PHOTO
Authorities in the central city of Da Nang announced Friday that they had punished 17 local restaurants for using signboards purely or dominantly in foreign languages.
Most of the signboards were in Chinese, especially at restaurants along coastal streets such as Hoang Sa and Truong Sa, according to findings by the city's Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Office for Internal Political Security.
Many restaurants' owners told inspectors that they did so to attract Chinese tourists.
The signboards were in Chinese only, or foreign text was bigger and above Vietnamese text, which violated the Law on Advertisement, authorities said.
Under the law, foreign text must be under Vietnamese text. Foreign text is also not allowed to be larger than three-fourths of the latter's size.
According to city authorities, they have fined four of the violators a total of VND10 million (US$472) and ordered others to fix their signboards.
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