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March 11, 20133 Comments

1,200 dead pigs floating in Shanghai River points to heavy water pollution

Sources: Xinmin Evening News, CRI We don’t know yet if the polluted water has killed too many pigs, or too many dead pigs have polluted the water, but the sight of over 1,200 bodies of domesticated pigs floating with tons of garbage and flotsam in Songjiang River, which has the city of Shanghai downsteam and [...]

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August 17, 2012One Comment

Pic of the day: Nanchang Train Station fences off benches, calling travelers’ rest an eyesore

From NetEase In the southeastern city of Nanchang, the management of the city’s railway station has enclosed all outdoor stone benches with metal fencing to prevent travelers from sitting down on them, saying that travelers using the benches may harm the city’s image. Travelers hoping to stop for a rest have to either lean on [...]

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July 4, 20126 Comments

Faceoff in Shifang – photos of China’s largest and bloodiest NIMBY protest in recent history

Tens of thousands of civilians in Shifang, a small city in southwestern China’s Sichuan Province, clashed with the riot police and SWAT team in the past three days after petitions against a chemical plant in the pipeline were ignored by the local government. While there have been many English language news reports on the matter, [...]

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December 16, 20119 Comments

Beijing’s suburban county to build a billion-dollar English-only European town

From Beijing News Miyun county, situated at northeast Beijing, is going to invest more than 10 billion yuan (US$1.6 billion) on the construction of an English-speaking town as large as 60 hectares (165 acres) where no Chinese is allowed, according to county chief Wang Haichen. “It is a significant development project with the nature of [...]

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December 3, 2011One Comment

Photos: Chinese nursing home in desolation and oblivion

From Tianya Note: All “captions” under the photos are translated from the original post on Tianya unless otherwise stated. I have known this since the spring festival in 2011. I did not post any picture until now. The acquisition of these pictures was quite accidental. They were given to me by a tearful girl. I [...]

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September 8, 20112 Comments

Video: Funeral held for cows reflects Chinese farmers’ woes

From Dahe Daily Elegiac couplets were written and hung; a sacrificial alter was set up; condolences were expressed; eulogies were pronounced; Buddhist monks were invited to chant prayers…For those who are wondering for whom was such a grand funeral and memorial service held, the answer is beyond their expectation: cows. A video of a funeral [...]

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August 16, 2011No Comments

Gary Locke the new U.S. ambassador makes a mark on Chinese

Gary Locke has officially taken office in Beijing as the new U.S. ambassador to China. It remains unclear as to whether he could play a positive role in boosting the bilateral relations. However, his arrival has already been an epiphany to Chinese people who feel affinity with the gentleman with Chinese roots even before his [...]

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July 30, 20113 Comments

MV: Chinese netizen sings Cui Jian’s “Nothing to My Name” to mourn 7.23 train crash victims

After a deadly bullet train crash in Wenzhou, southern Zhejiang took place on the evening of July 23, the Chinese government and the Communist Party came under public opprobrium for their previous confidence in Chinese railway system, which now proves to be problematic and even dangerous, and their rescue and investigation effort, or lack thereof, after the [...]

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July 28, 20115 Comments

Chinese PM Wen Jiabao at train crash site:  I’ve been ill in bed for 11 days. Or has he?

After a deadly bullet train crash in Wenzhou, southern Zhejiang took place on the evening of July 23, the Chinese government and the Communist Party came under public opprobrium for their previous confidence in Chinese railway system, which now proves to be problematic and even dangerous, and their rescue and investigation effort, or lack thereof, [...]

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July 27, 20117 Comments

Public anger over handling of bullet train crash by Chinese gov’t reflected in microblog surveys

Background: Two cars of a high-speed bullet train fell off a bridge on the evening of July 23 in eastern China’s Zhejiang province, killing at least 39 people and injured 200 others. One train came to a halt after losing power allegedly because of a lightning strike. The emergency warning system absurdly dysfunctioned and failed to [...]

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July 26, 20119 Comments

Chinese parapolice kill handicapped street vendor in daylight, use brutal violence against spectators

The violent enforcement took place at 1:43 p.m. on July 26 in Anshui, southwestern Guizhou province. The street vendor who sold fruit was a disabled man hobbling along on a crutch while pulling a cart. Information from MOP and Sina Microblog provided by netizens said the murderers were two men and one woman from a [...]

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July 25, 2011No Comments

Profile: Victims and survivors in China’s deadly bullet train crash

The bullet train collision claimed at least 38 innocent lives and injured 200 more, which left all their families and friends in ever-lasting grief and harrowing nightmares. (Read coverage by Ministry of Tofu of the train crash.) 1 Xiang Weiyi (Yiyi), a 2-year-and-eight-month-old girl, was orphaned immediately after the accident. She could have been killed [...]

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July 24, 20115 Comments

China bullet train crash kills 35; citizens flock to donate blood; state callous, busy with cover-up

Two cars of a high-speed bullet train fell off a bridge yesterday evening in eastern China’s Zhejiang province, killing at least 35 people and injured 200 others. Initial reports suggested one bullet train travelling from the provincial capital Hangzhou derailed at about 8:34 p.m. But later updates said that the train came to a halt [...]

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April 29, 20112 Comments

To protest city’s lighting project, Guangzhou people go bald

From Guangzhou Evening Post At 1:10 a.m. on April 27, a net user who goes by the name “Little Swallow” posted on Sina Microblog a picture of a shaven-headed man holding a banner that reads “Brain is Brighter”. Within less than 20 hours, over 4000 net users shared and commented on the post. The real [...]

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April 7, 2011No Comments

Video: Chinese line up to gas up before oil price hikes, complain about rising cost of living

China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has announced oil price increase, effective at 12:00 a.m. on April 7. Gas price is up by 500 yuan per ton; diesel price up by 400 yuan per ton. On average, #90 gas and #0 diesel are up respectively by 0.37 and 0.34 yuan per liter. (US$0.212 and [...]

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April 4, 2011One Comment

Deceased Chinese can only rest in peace for 20 years; cemetery policy questioned before Tomb-sweeping Day

Some Chinese have been informed by cemeteries that the usage right of graves where their families were buried is due to expire, and if they want to keep the deceased in place, they must pay management fees. If not, they will dig up the ashes, put it aside, and reuse the graves.

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March 23, 2011No Comments

Picture of the day: Watch out for incivility

From now on, Wuhan is going to expose 10 residents “who have such bad habits” each week.

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March 22, 2011No Comments

Picture of the day: Petitioner on her knees

On March 21, an outdoor performance showcasing intangible cultural heritage was staged in Huaiyang County in central Henan Province. After the master of ceremony announced the beginning of the show, a woman broke through the security cordon and ran to Ren Lianjun, the Communist Party boss of Huaiyang County, knelt down, and cried out her [...]

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March 14, 201120 Comments

Chinese see quake-hit Japan as role model, engage in self-reflection

On March 11, Japan was rocked by a magnitude 8.9 (later revised to be 9.0) earthquake, which triggered several extremely powerful tsunamis that engulfed much of northeastern Japan’s coastline and razed countless buildings and villages. As of Monday morning, the official statistics put the death toll at 1,600. However, over 20,000 were unaccounted for, and [...]

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March 13, 20113 Comments

Nanjing residents nostalgic for pre-Communist days as government uproots trees

Nanjing Municipal Government is unleashing an offensive to the city’s thousands of 70-year-old trees for subway construction. The government promised to transplant them to somewhere else. However, furious citizens distrust the government. They get up a petition and call for a protest online. The protest effort has been obstructed by China’s largest social networking site [...]

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