Sunday, August 28, 2011

Chinese zodiac is not a big deal

The Shēngxiào (Chinese: 生肖), better known in English as the Chinese Zodiac, is a scheme that relates each Chinese year to an animal and its reputed attributes, according to a 12-year cycle.

Maybe foreigners think Chine zodiac is interesting. But honestly, it not a big deal for Chinese people. If a Chinese people ask another, 'what is your zodiac?', he is just asking the age in a way not directly.

Chinese people eating babies? Fuck the humor

Zhu Yu is a performance artist in China. His most famous piece of conceptual art, titled "Eating People," consisted of a series of photographs of him cooking and eating what is alleged to be a dead baby.
We don't know it is a real baby body or not. But he made most of us sick. What the hell did he want? To get famous by being a freak? To make foreigners think we Chinese like to eat babies?
Fuck the so-called 'artist', fuck the humor of 'Chinese people eating babies'!

Chinese pinyin

Pinyin is the official system to transcribe Chinese characters into the Roman alphabet to teach Mandarin Chinese in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan. It is also often used to spell Chinese names in foreign publications and used as an input method to enter Chinese characters into computers.
The system was developed from earlier versions by Zhou Youguang (b. 1906), who led a government committee in developing the system in China (PRC) in the 1950s. The system was published by the Chinese government in 1958 and revised several times. The International Organization for Standardization adopted pinyin as the international standard in 1982. The system was adopted as the official standard in Taiwan in 2009, where it is generally referred to as the New Phonetic System.

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UFO sighting in Shanghai and Beijing

A huge illuminant unidentified flying object (UFO) was reported by multiple airliner pilots in the sky above Shanghai, the Oriental Morning Post reported Tuesday.
The pilot of airliner CZ6554 said on his micro blog that a huge spherical illuminant was seen in the sky, 10,700 meters above Shanghai at 9 pm on August 20. “The luminant was really round and getting huger, (looks) hundreds times bigger than the moon and the diameter of the luminant was longer than 50 sea miles,” the pilot said on his micro blog.
The pilot said the aircrew of more than ten other airliners flying above Shanghai also reported the illuminant object, one by one.
The Air Traffic Management Bureau East China also confirmed the reports on Monday.
At almost the same time, a halo in the sky above Beijing was seen by local people.
A netizen named Chen Xu published a photo of the halo on his micro blog.
Chen said the halo was small at first, then expanded, moved north, and disappeared several minutes later.
The UFO reports follow another report from Southwest China's Chongqing municipality three days before August 20. A UFO was seen above the landing route of the city's airport, forcing two planes to land in Guiyang of Guizhou province and Xi'an of Shaanxi province, respectively.

China bans unapproved online music

China's Ministry of Culture has ordered domestic websites to stop providing playback and download services of 100 overseas songs that have failed to go through "official approval procedures."
"The websites are ordered to clean up the music products because the products have not gone through official approval procedures, but it does not mean the songs are banned because of their content," an unnamed official with the ministry told Xinhua on Saturday.
The official made the remarks in response to doubts from fans and media that the songs, including those by Lady Gaga and Owl City, might be banned for containing sensitive or offensive lyrics.
In China, websites must be licensed by the government before offering online music services, and imported music products must be approved by the ministry before entering the market.
According to the ministry, the country's search engines and websites were urged to check and "immediately cancel" all services related to these songs by September 15, or they will face punishment.
Previously, the ministry has already ordered websites to stop featuring 200 songs that include "Cold Wind Blows" by Eminem, "Push That Knot Away" by KT Tunstall and "Grenade" by Bruno Mars for similar reasons.
"The ministry will continue to clean up online music products that fail to receive official approval in a bid to regulate our country's online music market," the official said.

Big move for residents affected by Danjiangkou dam project

Emigrants from Xichuan county, Nanyang city moved to a settlement in Xiangcheng county, Central China's Henan province, Aug 25, 2011. On that day, 1,192 people evacuate their homes in Xichuan, a county that is to be submerged by the Danjiangkou Dam project, which is part of the South-to-North Water Diversion Project. They are among the last group of Henan people to have been evacuated for the Danjiangkou Dam project.

18 killed in rear-end collision in North China

18 people were dead because of a bus-truck collision in Hebei Province, local authorities said Sunday.
The accident happened at around 5 a.m. when an Iveco bus with 34 migrant workers onboard rear-ended a parked semi-trailer truck in Shangyi County.
Seventeen people in the bus were died at the site, with the rest of its passengers injured and rushed to hospital.
One of the seriously injured died later in hospital.
An initial investigation into the cause of the accident revealed that overloading of the 17-seat-bus, it being driven at a high speed and the driver being unqualified were to blame for the collision.
Foggy weather and the fact that the parked truck did not have its hazard lights on also contributed to the accident, according to the provincial public security department.
The overloaded Iveco bus was not registered, according to the police.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

China's elderly population to represent 30% of total in 30 years

China's aging citizens will account for more than 30 percent of the country's total population by 2042, according to a legislature report.

Li Jianguo, vice chairman and general secretary of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), made the remark on Wednesday in his report on the implementation of the law on protection of senior citizens' rights.

Li submitted the report to the NPC Standing Committee, the country's top legislature.

Official statistics show that China now has more than 178 million people at or above the age of 60, or more than 13 percent of its total population.

Li said that China entered the society of grey hairs in 1999, when the country was still industrializing and urbanizing.

As families become smaller and more young people leave their hometown for job opportunities in the city, it is becoming increasingly difficult for families to take care of their elder members.

By 2030, there will be an average of 2.5 people of working age for every senior citizen living in China, according to Li. The ratio stood at five to one last year.

Li's report suggested ways to tackle the problem, such as establishing a national elderly care system, strengthening social security for the elderly and improving laws that protect the rights and interests of senior citizens.

More students look to US for grad school

For Duan Can, a graduate in electronic engineering from the Beijing Institute of Technology, a half year of work on an graduate-school application has brought offers to attend three leading US universities.

"The biggest surprise was the offer from Stanford University because it only admits the most talented Chinese students every year," she said.

In the end, she decided to go to the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. One reason for her choice was that she received a full scholarship to attend the school, which is more commonly known as Virginia Tech. The assistance will let her avoid draining her parents' money while she works for five years on a doctorate degree.

Virginia Tech was not the only school to offer a full scholarship; she has also got one from the University of Florida.

Some agencies that help Chinese study overseas are seeing leading US universities make a record number of admission offers for doctorate programs this year.

"We are so surprised and happy to see so many admission offers pouring in from Stanford University, New York University and Columbia University," said Zhang Meng, senior manager of CACDIY International, an agency that helps Chinese study overseas.

"If Chinese students only have admission offers, that means they have to pay all of their tuition and living fees," he said. "I guess US universities want to attract more Chinese students, who brought in a large amount of money this year.

"Chinese students who have more than two offers, regardless of their money situation, simply have more choices."

The biggest headache for agencies that help Chinese students study abroad used to be that their rich clients would come to them with impractical aspirations to be admitted into well-known universities.

Their wealth has since made attending such places easier, since it prevents them from having to rely on scholarships to afford tuition, he said.

"I feel so relieved when our clients can choose among several offers," he said.

On Aug 16, the Council of Graduate Schools, a US organization that promotes graduate education and research, released the International Graduate Admissions Survey, which looks at admissions trends. According to it, the number of Chinese applicants to US graduate schools increased by 21 percent from this past school year and the number of offers being made to prospective Chinese students increased by 23 percent.

This is the sixth year in a row that those percentages have increased by double digits, the report said.

"Expensive tuition fees are not a big problem for me," said Liang Shuang, a graduate from the Beijing Jiaotong University. "And the opportunity to study at Stanford will not be around for another year."

Liang this year received an admissions offer from Stanford, where she can pursue a master's degree in environmental engineering.

"My dreams have always been more important than making money, and I like being able to choose between offers," she said.

More and more Chinese students, seeing their number of options have increased, now have greater expectations.

Xia Chaolun, a graduate from Zhejiang University, said that of all the offers he has received, he is only considering those coming from US universities that are ranked among the 20 best such institutions and that will give him a full scholarship.

"I got an offer to study computer science at Cornell on a full scholarship," he said.

According to CACDIY International, scholarships to study computer science or engineering are the hardest for Chinese students to obtain when they are applying for graduate schools.

China, U.S. police shut down Chinese porn websites chain

Chinese and the United States have jointly shut down a chain of pornographic websites, which were all in Chinese and advertised to Chinese-speaking individuals in China, the U.S. and elsewhere.

Wang Yong, key operator of the porn websites, was arrested in the United States on June 23 by U.S. police, China's Ministry of Public Security said in a statement on Thursday.

Chinese police detained more than 10 people suspected of maintaining the websites in China on June 23, according to the statement.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Man play lady's breast while driving caught by speed camera

What can you do at the same time when you speeding at 92 km/h? This buddy was playing his female companion's breast with his another hand while his one hand was holding the steering wheel. Maybe it was exciting experience. But unfortunately, a speed camera took this view and some one uploaded the screenshot on a popular website. More unfortunately, it was found out that this man is married but the lady is not his wife.

The picture shows the moment was 14:56pm on July 29. The speed limit of the road is 80km/h.

Sexual service in Dongguan city, South China

In Dongguan city of south China, there are many hotels in which many unemployed ladies give sexual service under strict management of a company.

The ladies have to work following a set of strong process “erotic standard” – so called “ISO”. It is a sophisticated structure behind the large and complex erotic industrial chain. Beauty Sex workers have to complete 15 to 30 pornography service in 2 hours , such as the beginning of colorful dance, facial expressions, and customer can get the number of orgasms. The rise of manufacturing industry make standardized production in Dongguan in recent years. The local manufacturing practitioners deride this service standard for porn industry of”ISO”, the “ISO” and afterwards assessment system: almost all the hotel sauna require customers to service for more than ten detailed separate evaluation, and once the sex beauty do not finish their duty job, they will be deduct pay strictly.

Before the sex worker start serve customers, they have to take system training. The training contents combine diversity, modernization and it focus on foreign advanced experience for reference. Some people learn it from HongKong and Taiwan, and they send sex workers to Japan to learn the advanced adult erotic sauna service. The teaching process is intensity than factory technician training including with fruit exercise to sex workers mouth strength etc.

In weekends thousands of men from Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Hongkong will drive to Dongguan to enjoy the high class sexual service.

Vietnamese women bought as wives in China

Police in central China's Hunan Province said Saturday they have launched an investigation into missing Vietnamese women -- who were bought as wives -- in its remote villages.
The probe comes after media reports said some husbands of the missing women received phone calls telling them to pay ransoms, or otherwise, the women would be sold again. About 100 purchased Vietnamese wives are missing from Hunan's mountainous regions.
Hu Qiulai and Hu Jianhe are from the same remote mountainous village in Shuangfeng County of Hunan; they lost their wives on the same day. Then two months later, they received phone calls from their wives.
"She sobbed and told me that she was kidnapped and sold to another remote village and needed 20,000 yuan ($3,130) to ransom her back," said Hu Jianhe, who bought the woman for 36,388 yuan in 2008.
The two men reported the case to local police after some hesitation, as the women, who were bought on the Sino-Vietnam border, were not their legal wives.
Hu Gengqing, Hu Jianhe's father, acknowledged that women trafficking were rampant in his county. "They were all bought from Yunnan, which borders Vietnam, and the total number (in the county) could be in dozens," he said.
There are more males than females in Chinese rural areas, as boys are preferred, so some men in poor regions resort to buying their wives as they cannot find women to marry them.
Police officers at the public security bureau in Shuangfeng County said the bureau has set up a special team to investigate the reported women trafficking and marriage fraud.
The bureau is seeking to ascertain the exact number of missing wives, as many partners may be unwilling to report the cases for fear of being accused of trafficking, they said.
Since September last year, the bureau has only received two cases in which four wives were found to be victims of trafficking, they added.

Egg-sized hail attack Shenyang city in China

At 6:46pm on June 21, hail storm attacked the city of Shenyang, China, causing extensive damages. House windows were broken, trees on the street fell down.

The Weather Agency in local explained, "There is no time to issue warning. Hailstorm came so abruptly. Hot air near the ground and the cold air above met, causing the hailstorm." People in local upload photo online, showing that the hail is as big as a egg.

This storm lasted about half an hour.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

The first gay couple who hold wedding ceremony in Shenzhen

Mark (25, left) and An’an (23) held their wedding ceremony on August 21 in southern China's Shenzhen city. This gay couple are two fresh university graduates in the city. After the couple exchanged rings, they and their five guests—three other ladies and An'an's best man, maybe they threw the bouquet at the gawkers—finished off the wedding with a lunch.

They said that their ceremony gathered many impromptu spectators who happened to be at the Luohu district restaurant Saturday, but they both invited family members to the wedding, none of whom showed up. The service was conducted by a lady friend.

“We’re normal people,” the couple said in a statement to the press, “We just happen to have different genes which gave us a different sexual orientation. Aside from that, we’re exactly the same as any other husband and wife couple. By holding this wedding ceremony, we hope to earn people’s blessings and support.”

Comments online are mostly supportive of the guys.

Legless woman brought up 138 orphans

A woman who can move about only with the aid of wooden stools since losing her legs at the age of 12 has spent the past 37 years taking care of orphans in Hunan Province, China.

Thousands of people online - touched by her devotion to the children - have dubbed her "Mom on Stool."

The woman, Xu Yuehua, a staff worker at a social welfare institute in Xiangtan City, Hunan Province, was herself sent to the institute in 1973 for social support. She "walks" by manipulating two wooden stools.

According to institute officials, within 15 days of her arrival, Xu volunteered to take care of the orphans there as a means of repaying the institute for its support.

Her first child was named Shengli, a girl abandoned by her parents and found by institute staff beside a tractor. The girl had pneumonia and a cleft lip, making it difficult to give her food and medicine. Xu had to use a syringe device to feed her.

Shengli has since grown up and was recently married.

Although Xu received no salary for taking care of the children, she worked hard and never asked for a holiday. She once stayed in hospital for 107 days to take care of a baby with severe stomach ache.

As the institute received more and more orphans, Xu had to take care of more children by widening her own bed for them to sleep on. At one point she was caring for 15 children at once, and her bed was widened to five meters. So far Xu has been "mother" to 138 orphans.

3 killed in hospital blast in north China city

Three people were killed and 17 others injured, two severely, after a blast ripped through a boiler room in a hospital in northern Chinese city of Changzhi Friday, local authorities said.

A person was killed instantly when a boiler exploded at about 4 p.m. at the Chengqu Hospital in Changzhi, Shanxi Province, and two others died while being rushed to the emergency room, the city government announced in a statement.

The injured people are being treated at the hospital and all are described in stable condition.
Online photos show that half of the boiler room was destroyed after the blast.

Local authorities have launched an investigation into the cause of the accident, the statement said.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Woman live 11 years without kidney

Li Wangbao (right in the picture) is a 58-year-old woman in Taiwan. Her both kidneys were cut off because of cancer 11 years ago. Hemodialysis keeps her alive and she has to walk 20 kilo meters everyday.

Kobe Bryant to start playing in China in Oct

The chairmen of Zhongyu basketball club in North China released the news to reporters that Kobe Bryant, the famous basketball star in NBA will play for his club in October.

During Kobe's trip in July, he was satisfied with the contract about he play for Zhongyu club in China during the lockout of NBA. There is unconfirmed message online that the club might pay $1.5 million a month to Kobe.

Police react to message ''China's twitter'' about street chaos

In China, is a website like twitter in US.

On August 17, A weibo user tweet a message involving a uniformed officer beating an elderly woman on a street in Jinan city.
The message from the netizen Liu about the street chaos, posted at 18:32, was soon forwarded many times on

The police in Jinan city reacted via its weibo page later at 20:15 by confirming that it was a female prison guard, not a police officer, involved in the case. She had stopped to fix her vehicle when the incident occurred. She has been detained and interrogated at the police station.

Eleven minutes later, another message from the local police reiterated that the police are taking the case seriously.

At 20:26, Liu said in another post that it was a man beating the elderly woman and he has been taken away by police.

At 22:21, the police went on tweeting: “The female prison guard surnamed Lin quarreled with the elderly couple as she fixed her vehicle, and she sent her husband, a doctor at a hospital, to beat the elderly woman.”

According to the report, the injured woman was rushed to the hospital. The police are further investigating the case.

Shen Yang, a professor at Wuhan University, said that this was a good example of police reacting to tweeted news.

97-year-old mother takes care of 60-year-old paralyzed son for 19 years

In eastern china's Bozhou city, the 97-year-old woman Zhang has being taken care of his paralyzed son for 19 years.

40 years ago, Zhang’s son became mentally ill and was finally confined to bed 19 years ago, when Zhang started to take care of him all by herself.

She is humpbacked and life is hard for her. When people come to offer her some money, she always smiles, saying "All good people are blessed".

US$46,950 in cash robbed after car accident in Shaanxi

About 300,000 yuan ($46,950) was robbed by passers-by and locals after a car accident took place on part of the state highway in Yulin, Shaanxi Province, according to on Thursday.
Last Thursday, in the late afternoon in Yuyang district, Yulin, a yellow Hyundai driven by a couple collided with a tricycle and then hit the wall of a large garden on its right-hand side.
According to Guo Hao, deputy director of Yulin First Traffic Police Division, both the driver and the woman were thrown out of the car and died instantly. The woman had been holding the cash in her arms.
"Some money dropped directly out of the car, while the rest was found under the woman's body," Guo added.
The driver's uncle told reporters that his nephew was on the way to Yulin to deliver the money as part of a work-related transaction, but that only 58,000 yuan ($ 9,077) remained on the site when he arrived.
A witness said that about 200,000-300,000 yuan ($31,300-4, 6950) was scattered on the road and that the scene became flooded with people picking up the money.

Chinese fishermen to sue oil company for spill accident

Fishermen in north China's Hebei Province are preparing to sue a U.S.-based oil company, as they believe recent oil spills in a nearby bay are to blame for the deaths of large numbers of scallops.

Fishermen from the province's city of Tangshan said they believe that the scallops they were raising along the shores were poisoned by contamination from oil spills in the Penglai 19-3 oilfield located in the Bohai Bay.

The oilfield is jointly operated by a Chinese subsidiary of the U.S.-based oil company ConocoPhillips and its partner, the China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC).

The North Sea branch of the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) announced on Aug. 3 that the bay had been contaminated with fuel oil.

Economic losses of the fishermen are believed to be between 150 and 170 million yuan (about 23.5 to 26.6 million U.S. dollars), as more than half of the scallops the fishermen raised have died, according to Yang Jizhen, president of the Laoting County Fishery Association.

"Each family (of fishermen) has been affected to a different extent. A more accurate figure will be calculated by November," Yang said.

Local authorities have not offered an explanation for the loss of the scallops, leading the fisherman to hire lawyers to sue ConocoPhillips, Yang said.

Three million yuan (about 469,300 U.S. dollars) has been raised by the 153 families of fishermen who are planning to sue the company, according to Yang. The money will be used to cover their legal fees.

Cancer Village in Southwest China

In Qujing city, Yunnan Province of southwest China, there is a cancer village. 11 people in the village have died since the year of 2002. A chemical plant has piled chromium slag near the village for 10 years, as China Central Television reported.

Tons of highly toxic industrial waste were dumped illegally by a chemical plant in rural areas of Qujing, causing livestock deaths and soil and water pollution.

A Chemical Plant in Qujing City attracted media attention recently after it had piped 5,000 tons of chromium tailings near a local reservoir that feeds one of China's largest rivers.

People can contract lung cancer when inhaling compounds that contain chromium, while chromium in drinking water can also cause cancers.

Xinglong Village, the name means prosperous, near the plant is now more widely known as "Cancer Village," because 14 people had suffered from cancers in the past 10 years according to officials, although villagers claim the number is far higher, CCTV reported.

Some late-stage lung cancer patients were following a traditional folk remedy by eating more than 50 bedbugs every day in an effort to relieve the illness, CCTV said.

The plant, built around 2000, set up a yard to hold chromium slag about two kilometers from the village. The pile was about 80 centimeters tall and surrounded by a brick wall. No tree or grass could be seen near the pile, CCTV said.

"An increasing number of villagers caught cancers, including intestinal, lung and liver, after the plant was built near the village," CCTV quoted a villager as saying.

"The nearby hospitals have received 14 cancer patients, 11 of whom have died, from 2002 to 2010 in the village," said Zhang Xin, deputy director of Luliang's Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

However, villagers told CCTV that at least 30 people had suffered from cancers in the past 10 years.

"I have four friends caught cancers in recent years and three of them have died... the rate is too high," a villager said. He said people in the village were worrying all the time that their relatives or themselves would have cancers, while people in neighboring counties dared not buy fruit or vegetables from the village.

"We have complained to the county government for numerous times, but they said they could find no evidence to prove the chemical plant was the main cause," another villager told CCTV.

The public health and environmental protection authorities tested the drinking water of the village in May 2007 but found chromium and other heavy metal elements in the water within the allowable standard, CCTV said.

Qian Xin, director of the county's disease control center, told the Daily Economic News that the high rate of cancers might also be related to people's eating habits. Local people like eating salted vegetables and meats that could cause cancers.

The plant was closed after the recent water contamination scandal, but the chromium pile has yet to be removed.

Polluted water in the Chachong Reservoir has been blamed for the death of 77 livestock so far.

The chemical plan is one of Asia's largest producers of chromium sulfate, a chemical leather tanning agent, Xinhua news agency said.

Some of the polluted water in the reservoir has already been processed and drained into the Nanpan River. This river forms the headwaters of the Pearl River, a major river that flows through southern China.

According to a spokesman from the Qujing city government, more than 9,000 tons of chromium-contaminated soil have been cleaned up and relocated by the company.

"The chromium waste contains hexavalent chromium, which is highly toxic and carcinogenic. It can dissolve in water and flow into the reservoir when it rains," said Yin Zhengwu, deputy head of the environmental monitoring unit of Qujing's Qilin District.

To avoid further pollution, 40,000 cubic meters of chromium-contaminated water were drained from the reservoir into the Nanpan River after being processed in accordance with national safety standards, Xinhua quoted Yang Shuxian, director of the Qujing Environmental Protection Bureau, as saying yesterday.

The city's drinking water supplies were not affected, the bureau said. Yunnan's environmental authorities said the Pearl River's water quality complied with national standards.

U.S. Vice President Biden Go to eat local food in Beijing

On August 18, U.S. president Joe Biden went to a small restaurant Yaoji to taste local food in Beijing during his visit to China. Outside the restaurant, there were many armed police on guard.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Shenzhen Shuts Down 156 Companies for its Green Universiade

Shenzhen City authorities, the host city of the 11-day 2011 Summer Universiade in eastern China's Guangdong Province, announced the shutdown of 156 enterprises after kicking off the university games on August 12.

City authorities forcibly closed 156 companies which failed the environmental assessment, as part of its environmental goals, according to a statement by the Habitat Environment Committee (HEC) of Shenzhen City.

The local authorities have launched an overall environmental campaign as well as ten other designated city-wide actions since 2007, including a "Green Commuting" campaign to reduce single-passenger commutes and increase investment in new-energy public vehicles.

Lin Hanzhang, deputy chief of the HEC, said local authorities warned heavy polluting factories of the new environmental requirements since March.

New regulations directed at six local power plants and about 1,500 heavy industry firms in Shenzhen led to an estimated decline of nitrogen oxide's annual emissions by 8,000 tons, sulfur dioxide's by 40,000 tons and volatile organic pollutants by over 20,000 tons, the committee said.

A "Green Commuting" campaign was launched, calling on local citizens and enterprises to reduce vehicle usage during the Shenzhen games. In total, the owners of about 40,000 cars, among which 92 percent were private registrations, agreed to give up driving during the event, said Huang Guoqiang, a spokesman for the games.

A total of 2,011 new-energy vehicles of various kinds have been put on the road to serve the Universiade, accounting for 52.8 percent of the vehicles scheduled for the sports event. Among these vehicles is the launch of 1,649 new-energy buses, making the city's new-energy bus fleet the largest in the world.

The deputy director from the environmental monitoring center of the committee, He Long told Caixin that the air quality of Shenzhen has reached its cleanest levels in the past ten years.
More than 12,000 participants from 152 delegations registered for the Shenzhen Universiade, the biggest international event ever held in Shenzhen, according to the games' official website.

China Slows High-Speed Trains

China has decided to revise maximum travel speeds for trains on its high-speed rail network, citing safety concerns. According to the new scheme, trains with a maximum design speed between 200 to 350 kilometers per hour will have travel speeds slowed by 40 to 50 kph during operation.
Sheng Guangzu, Minister of Railways said in an interview with the official Xinhua News Agency on August 10 that ticket rates for high-speed rail will also be revised accordingly.

On the same day, the State Council, China's cabinet, instructed an overall inspection of high-speed railways, including projects still under construction. Newly built high-speed railway projects will operate trains at lower speeds and renewed safety appraisals will be required for projects that have yet to begin construction, according to decisions made at a State Council conference chaired by Premier Wen Jiabao.

Two bullet trains collided last month in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province, killing at least 40 people.
A high-speed rail link between Beijing and Shanghai was opened in late June. The 1,318-kilometer line, China's longest, experienced two major arrival delays due to power outages prior to the Wenzhou accident, apart from a number of train-related malfunctions.

China began its leapfrog high-speed railway network construction in 2004. The marquee infrastructure project has come under increasing public scrutiny following a corruption scandal that toppled former rail minister Liu Zhijin in February.

Man dresses as carrot to propose to his girlfriend in public along with 49 carrot friends

A man and his 49 friends dressed up as carrots wearing sunglasses to propose to his girlfriend on Aug 7, in Qingdao city.
After meeting his girlfriend at the local shopping plaza, Mr. Pang hide himself to the bathroom and quickly changed into his suit.
When he returned his was joined by pals and they all started bopping away to music - much to the amazement of Pang's girlfriend.
When they finally stopped for a breather, a hush descended over the crowd and a recording of Pang's voice was played over the loudspeaker.

'Six months ago I met you,' his voice began.
'I still remember your shyness at our first date, my longing for the next date and my excitement when the first time I held your hand at the movie theatre.'
Suddenly Pang threw off his suit and got down on one knee to ask his girlfriend to marry him. Naturally she said yes - much to the gathered crowd's delight.

According to Pang he had spent three weeks planning the stunt.

Policeman returns lost 130,000 dollars in Shenzhen

Zhang Yuan is a 21-year-old armed policeman in southern China Shenzhen city. He was on duty at Shenzhen Foreign Languages School, the venue of the 2011 Universiade basketball match, when he found a bag containing 130,000 dollars cash in a bathroom on last Sunday.

Zhang immediately reported the find to his supervisor. They found the owner three hours later. The owner Ye, 57, had borrowed the money from a friend to buy a property in Shenzhen on Sunday. He took the money to a basketball match between Mexico and South Korea. During the game, he went to the toilet where he received a phone call from his friend and left the toilet in a rush for the rest of the game. Ye offered Zhang 30,000 yuan as a reward, but Zhang refused.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Chinese "Twitter" Enhance Public's Supervision of Gov't

In China, the website has gathered more than 140 million users since it was allowed to get online 2 years ago. In Chinese, weibo means microblog. Just like twitter, people can tweet or retweet short message on the site and follow other people. Message can spread very soon in short time.

A decade ago, the most favored medium for Chinese people to air their complaints was perhaps through the state-owned China Central Television network.

However, the Internet has superseded television as the most popular means for the airing of discontent, with microblogs leading the charge.

Microblogs came to prominence in China just two years ago, but have exploded in popularity. Sina Weibo, one of the country's most popular microblog providers, has allowed the country's citizens to supervise - and criticize - China's government in ways that were never thought possible before.

In comparison to microblogs, traditional media entities face technical and systematic restrictions in their efforts to observe and supervise the government. The Internet and its vast number of microbloggers are now able to make up for this deficiency, according to Zhan Jiang, a professor of journalism at the Beijing Foreign Studies University.

Microblogs make it easy for people to speak their thoughts in real-time, essentially making their public voices louder, according to Professor Zhan.

Sina Weibo was launched in August 2009. Since then, it has attracted more than 140 million registered users, with the number expected to exceed 200 million by the end of this year, according to the company.

Microblogging services enjoyed "explosive growth" in the first six months of this year, with the number of registered microblog users surging by 208.9 percent to reach 195 million, according to the China Internet Network Information Center.


A 2010 report quoted by the Beijing-based newspaper International Herald Leader said that more than one-fifth of the 50 most-discussed public events in 2010 were first reported on by microbloggers.

Traditional media outlets have blind spots in performing their role as "society's watchdog." However, microblogs have allowed ordinary citizens to fill in these gaps.

During the recent crises of confidence faced by the Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) and Beijing's Palace Museum, microbloggers were the first to report on the scandals. Traditional media outlets scrambled to cover the stories after they broke online.

The RCSC came under fire following a scandal revolving around a young woman calling herself "Guo Meimei." The woman claimed to be a general manager for "Red Cross Commerce," a group that the RCSC said does not exist.

The woman posted photos on her microblog detailing her lavish lifestyle, provoking the ire of netizens who speculated that she might have funded her extravagant purchases by embezzling money from the Red Cross Society.

The Palace Museum was thrown into the spotlight after microbloggers accused it of concealing an incident in which an antique was damaged by a testing instrument due to an operational error.

Xie Yungeng, an expert on media economics and management at Shanghai Jiaotong University, said many officials are unaware of the powerful influence of microblogs. "They lack an awareness of new media. They are too arrogant to care."


Perhaps the greatest example of the power of the country's microbloggers came after last month's fatal high-speed train crash in the eastern city of Wenzhou. Forty people were killed in the accident.

Netizens took to their keyboards to express outrage over the way China's railway authorities handled the accident, while others offered condolences to the victims.

Following the public outcry, government authorities promised an "open and transparent" investigation regarding the cause of the crash, as well as increased safety checks for high-speed railways and slower operating speeds for high-speed trains.

The general offices of the State Council, or China's Cabinet, and the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee issued a circular 10 days after the crash, stating that information on major emergencies and items of public concern, such as government efforts and the results of official investigations, should be released to the public in an "objective and timely manner."

The People's Daily, the CPC's flagship newspaper, urged officials to answer questions from Internet users in a timely and accurate fashion and to brush up on their online communication skills in a recent article titled "How to Speak in the Microblog Era."

The article encouraged officials to address public concerns through online platforms and not to shy away from answering thorny questions. "Online performance reflects an official's all-around capability," the article said.

However, a survey quoted by the Guangzhou Daily newspaper earlier this week showed that 80 percent of the country's microblog users have doubts regarding the authenticity of information posted on microblogging sites.

Of the survey's 2,960 respondents, one-third believe that there is too much "negative and worthless information" posted on microblogs, while over 11 percent argued that the authenticity of the information posted on microblogs is difficult for most people to verify.

Man Commits Suicide by Subway in Shanghai

In Shanghai, a middle-age man died Sunday morning after jumping off a subway platform and being struck by a moving subway car, local police said.

According to eyewitness accounts and footage from the subway station's security cameras, a man jumped onto the tracks at the Yishan Road subway station at 6:45 a.m. He was hit by a train approaching the station and died after being rushed to a local hospital.

Police have not been able to identify the man, but initial probes indicate that the death was a suicide。

Farmer Jailed for Assisting Friend Suicide

Zhong Yichun was an elderly farmer from east China's Jiangxi Province. He never expected that helping his friend Zeng Qingxiang to commit suicide would bring him a two-year prison sentence.

Zhong buried Zeng last October as part of an agreement they made regarding Zeng's suicide. Zeng overdosed on sleeping pills and laid in a hole in the ground; Zhong called out to him 15 minutes later to ensure that he was dead before burying him.

A police investigation showed that Zeng suffered from a mental illness and had begged Zhong to help him commit suicide several times.

In May of this year, the Longnan County People's Court sentenced Zhong to two years in prison after convicting him of criminal negligence resulting in the death of another person.

Zhong did not confirm Zeng was dead before burying, the court found. An autopsy report showed that Zeng died from suffocation instead of from an overdose of sleeping pills, which meant that he was still alive when he was buried.

Zhong insisted on his innocence and appealed the sentence. However, the Intermediate People's Court in the city of Ganzhou rejected his appeal earlier this month.

The case has aroused a nationwide discussion on euthanasia. In China, euthanasia is prohibited by law. In Zhong's case, it didn't matter whether or not he had a criminal motive to kill Zeng, as his legal punishment would've been doled out regardless of his intent.

However, the center of the debate revolves around the definition of Zhong's behavior - was it a case of intentional homicide, or simple negligence?

Zhong's case reflects one of the key concerns regarding euthanasia shared around the world.

Governments in the Netherlands, Belgium and some states in the United States have legalized assisted suicide. However, most governments regard it as a form of criminal homicide.

Even in the Netherlands and Belgium, it is still technically considered to be homicide, although it is not prosecutable if the doctor meets certain legal conditions.

The Supreme Court of India ruled in March that hospitals may offer "passive euthanasia" to patients with terminal diseases under the supervision of courts. The ruling marked the first time for euthanasia to be legally permitted in India.

"If euthanasia can be accepted by the general public, it is an advancement of both society and morality," said Ma Xuesong, a scholar from the Jiangxi Academy of Social Sciences.

Ma said the gap between China and places that legalized euthanasia lies in the quality of medical service and legislation.

Euthanasia, a very complicated issue that involves many factors such as jurisprudence, ethics and medical technology, is difficult to handle in practice.

Some experts argue that China is not prepared or mature enough to legalize euthanasia.

Lin Cunbao, chief partner of the Baohui law firm in Guangdong, said those who are against euthanasia hold the view that the right to life is above other considerations.

Yan Sanzhong, director of the Department of Law at Jiangxi Normal University, said China should analyze the basic principles of its criminal law and take steps to gradually promote the legalization of euthanasia.

"China should first accumulate judicial experience in handling cases regarding euthanasia. The Supreme Court can then come up with judicial interpretations and guidance and finally legalize euthanasia at the proper time," said Yang.

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