Rough translation done off the cuff piece by piece as I read the article follows:
Yangzhou City forbids citizens to sponatneously plant green in the city area.
(Yes, I know, it’s really bad English. I’m not doing this to give you a good translation, I’m doing this to see how well I understand the article.)
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Nanjing, March 25 (Reporter Zheng Jinming, Correspondent Liu Chunlong) Formerly people believed thought as long as one planted trees to “green” [the city, I presume] it was always a good thing, but Jiangsu Province’s Yangzhou City’s new regulation has broken this traditional idea. This city rules that in city area public places within the scope of the greening programme, this year will not allow individuals or work units to spontaneously plant green.
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Yangzhou City Forestry Bureau Greening Office provided data that shows, Yangzhou City city area has already reached 40% green coverage. [what the hell is this: çŽ‡?!] Land that hasnt’t yet been planted has become a “scarce” resource. Now in Yangzhou City which places need trees planted, plant what kinds of trees, plant how many trees, will all have to undergo scientific demonstration by the relevant authorities, the city Forestry Bureau has already published a detailed greening programme. It is reported that, for convenient maintenance later on, Yangzhou City Greening Department will register each tree planted. Now key greening projects in Yangzhou City will in general be completed by professional greening workers, work units and social organisations will take part in only a very few small-scale greening projects under the guidance of the Greening Department.
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“The enthusiasm of the citizens to actively participate in greening merits praise and encouragement, but greening the city is also a science, if there’s no plan, let alone method, messily planting, isn’t just hard for the trees to survive, it could also create a waste of greening resources.” and involved greening professional told the reporter.
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Looking at the past experience of many cities in China, because the method of planting was unsuitable as well as reasons of not attaching importance to maintenance, etc, the result of citizens sponatneously planting trees has really not been good, in general the rate of survival to the next year of newly planted trees hasn’t reached 20%, therefore, in the last few years, Yangzhou City has initiated, and guided citizens to use “Capital representing labour”, “Undertake to care for green land” and other was to substitute for planting with one’s own hands.
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This kind of proposal and the “Fictitious planting” view raised by Nanjing Astronautics and Aeronautics University Assistant Professor Cui Yihua happen to agree, Assistant Professor Cui explains: Having undergone a change in our lifestyle, saving timber has reached equality with the goal of planting trees, for example, saving a piece of waste paper, donate an old book, use “liquid timber”, etc.
Alright, finally done. Shit, took about two and a half hours. Still, I was doing other things at the same time, like getting lunch, chatting with lzh, and other excuses. Not too hard, really. Got me a fair bit of new vocab, but not too much.
Now remember: I’m not asking for comments on my translation skills. I’m just trying to see how well I can understand a real live news report. Newspaper reading is something I’ve been thinking about doing for a while, but never got around to it until I followed that link and thought, hey, that article doesn’t look too hard.
One character I couldn’t find in the dictionary: çŽ‡
One cool word I came across as I was looking for something else: è™šæ— ä¸»ä¹‰/nihilism.
Anyway, if you spot something that I misunderstood, leave a comment. Remember, it’s my comprehension I’m testing, not my translation.