Not that the anti-graft campaign is necessarily encouraging open and transparent behaviour. In Sihong county in Jiangsu province this month, authorities panicked when they heard that inspectors from the central government were coming. Having illegally converted farmland into highways, the bureaucrats carted in lorryloads of soil overnight to cover them up. Photos of the buried roads, now planted with soyabeans, have since become something of a hit around the country.