The title of an article in International Business Times proclaims: "'Chinglish' Signs To Be Wiped Out: Ban On Foreign Names Soon To Go In Effect".
While getting rid of Chinglish signs may be an admirable goal (though not in the eyes of everyone!), banning English on signs altogether is an entirely different matter.
The city of Shenzhen in the south is encouraging citizens to report substandard English signage and will even reward them for doing so. In contrast, the centrally located province of Henan
has announced a new ban, effective Oct. 15, on the use of foreign person and place names in the Chinese-language names of buildings, streets and other locales. According to the Global Times, the new regulation was introduced as a remedy for the “chaotic situation of place naming,” where buildings or developments “deploy vulgar nomenclature,” the publication said.
Such campaigns and threats have been made countless times in the past. Nevertheless, neither will English disappear from signs beginning on October 15 (three days from now!), nor will Chinglish be significantly diminished in Shenzhen in the coming weeks and months. The authorities may wish that these things would happen, but they do not have the resources nor the means to enforce their policies concerning the use of English on signs in areas under their jurisdiction.
[h.t. Jerry Friedman]