Most-viewed China-related photos of 2010 in China’s cyberspace
On August 23, 2010, a tourist from Hong Kong held hostage by a gunman in Manila, Philippines was being transferred from the hijacked tourist bus by paramedics. The 12-hour standoff ended with a crossfire between the captor and the police, claiming lives of eight Hong Kong tourists and the captor. Philippine police and government were widely criticized for failing to handle the crisis properly.
On August 9, 2010, a deadly landslide hit the town of Zhouqu in Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province in China’s Northwest, killing nearly two thousand people.
On July 20, 2010, three days after an oil spill caused by explosion of two pipelines in Dalian, China’s Northeast, a firefighter drowned during the cleanup.
On November 15, 2010, residents of a high-rise flat in Shanghai held onto scaffolds waiting for helicopter rescue after the building was ablaze. 58 people died in the fire that firefighters and rescue workers were incapable to cope with due to their unpreparedness for its height. Later investigation showed it was caused by combustible construction materials catching sparks from welding work.
During a massive crackdown on prostitution in Nanning, Guangxi in South China, vice squads discovered a prostitute’s notebook documenting tips to improve “the quality of the service” and what she had learned from work.
On November 29, 2010, a Russian policeman broke into an apartment building in the middle of the night. The blitz action to arrest 50 illegal immigrants from China drew attention from Chinese netizens after pictures were published by the Russian media.
On April 15, 2010, Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao choked with sobs on his visit to quake-hit Yushu, Qinghai Province in China’s northwest. According to the official count, the 7.2-magnitude quake killed 2,698 people.
On February, 2, 2010, mother of a victim who was killed in an organized crime demonstrated outside the court during the hearing of Wen Qiang’s case. The sign reads ASKING FOR JUSTICE FOR MY SON. Wen Qiang, the former police chief and head of the judiciary of the city of Chongqing in China’s Southwest, was charged of graft, rape and ringleading an underworld gang that terrorized the metropolis with a population of 30 million people. He was executed on July 7, 2010.
On November 9, 2010, Zhang Quanhui, a veggie vendor, was slapped across the face multiple times by a chengguan, or China’s city management and law enforcement employee. Afterwards, he and his wife searched for the man and wished to tell him, “I walked for eight hours from my hometown to the city of Zhengzhou with my donkey-drawn cart simply to earn some money to buy medicines for my disabled son.”
On June 19, over a thousand single women auditioned for a date with 18 rich people who each have assets of at least 50 million yuan, or 8 million dollars. Besides beauty, figure, educational background and manner, these rich people laid more emphasis on “a look to bring prosperity to the husband” that is in accordance with physiognomy. Many participants were disqualified on this account. The picture shows a fortune-teller reading the palm of a participant.
In 2010, the government planned to sweep out over 445,ooo unlicensed teachers. Most of those who were already laid off have financial difficulties. Those who are yet to be laid off are unlikely to get allowance or compensation. All they can hope for is a graceful exit, and that there will still be someone to teach their students after they leave.
On June 10, 2010, the playground at Fuquan Elementary School caved into a huge sinkhole as wide as 80 meters (260 feet) at Ningxiang County, Hunan Province. Land collapses and subsidence frequently took place in Ningxiang county, raising concerns geological concerns.
Dai Haifei, a 24-year-old from Hunan, built an egg house as his home in a compound in Beijing’s Haidian District. He said the little cabin that cost 6,400 yuan (US$950) spared him of the financial burden of the rent. On December 3, his egg house was considered unauthorized construction and ordered by Beijing’s City Management to be dismantled and removed.
On February 5, 2010, four-star Lake View Hotel only 13-year-old in the city of Nanchang, Jiangxi Province in East China collapsed during a demolition blast. Hotel owner said because its original architectural plan wasn’t intended for the five-star standards, property developers decided to build a 25-story five-star hotel in the same location after reducing it to rubbles.