October 28, 2008 / 4:55 AM / 10 years ago

Manners maketh man in post-Olympics Beijing

People walk past a poster advertising a new residential compound in downtown Shanghai October 20, 2008. REUTERS/Nir Elias

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese researchers who spent 3,000 hours observing the public in Beijing say their behavior shot to a new high of 82.68 on the “civilization index” this year following a campaign to improve habits for the Olympics, the Beijing Morning Post reported on Tuesday.

The score is up from a middling 65.21 in 2005, according to the study conducted by the Humanistic Olympics Studies Center at People’s University in Beijing.

Researchers found 97 percent of residents willing to give directions to strangers this year, up 26 percent from 2005, and said rates of spitting and cursing in public fell to less than 1 percent during the Games.

Banners and notices hung throughout Beijing ahead of the Olympics encouraged habits like waiting in line for buses and assisting visitors to the city.

Reporting by Beijing newsroom; Editing by Nick Macfie

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