Instead of saying we don’t have regulations for pet bo

arding businesses, I would say we do have them, but there are still gaps in our current reg

ulatory policies,” said Kong Jing, a consultant with the Chinese Pet Products Association.

Small pots with succulent plants have become a craze for Chinese but horticulture sector is facing a manpower shortage

Cheng Yajing is a gardener with “magical power” to make plants grow faster in a greenhouse at the Beijing Botanical Ga

rden, also a playground of succulent plants such as cactus, vines and potted juicy leaves.

“I’ve just finished trimming and fertilizing them,” says Cheng, as she walks through the gree

nhouse covering a total area of 1,000 square meters and spells out names of various plants.

“We have developed a series of industry regulations, but it is relatively hard to supervise their execu

tion, as the process often requires cooperation of multiple departments. Moreover, detailed gui

delines in certain areas, such as whether a pet boarder is qualified, are still lacking,” Kong said.

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