The city of Xi'an in Shaanxi province has designated one of the sidewalks on Yanta Road for "phubbers" -- slow-walking smartphone users who shuffle while they read and text.
Shaanxi Online says that a large shopping mall, which looks onto the street, had been pushing to have the lane for a month.
It says that cars often come onto the pavement, which is a busy channel for pedestrians who might not be paying attention to their surroundings.
Chinese city gets 'smartphone zombie' walkway [Kerry Allen/BBC]
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