May 7, 201221 Comments


A foreigner who snacked with an old beggar on two bags of French fries and chatted with her on the side walk has become the latest hot topic on China’s social network. On the afternoon of May 5, user “轻疯患者Mr_Q(Weibo page)” posted on Sina Weibo a photo with comment: “Outside a McDonald’s restaurant, a foreigner [...]

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March 18, 20123 Comments

Nanjing destroys trunk road for Youth Olympics despite strong opposition; thousands came to say goodbye

Multiple sources At 10 p.m. on March 16, the 724-meter Shuiximen Viaduct was reduced to rubble in a blink of an eye. For 16 years, the City West Artery, which Shuiximen Viaduct has been a part of, has been bearing the weight of Nanjing’s high-speed road traffic. The blasting demolition of it has touched a [...]

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October 28, 20114 Comments

Photos: Chinese start to miss slow, cheap train rides as China advances on high-speed rails

From China News and Yangtse Evening Post In today’s China, where the transport networks, made up of highways, railways, and airways, is expanding at a runaway speed, and paces of life have been accelerating nonstop, slow “green-skinned trains” doddering along a short rail link have become popular among many people, young and old. Train 6417, its plain 4-digit [...]

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September 28, 2011One Comment

Kun Opera on Nanjing subway

Kunqu, or Kun Opera, boasting its 600 years of history, recently made a refreshing appearance on Nanjing’s subway train. The campaign, titled “The Grreat Beauty of Kunqu sees its entry and play in the Subway” [Chia-fu signs at the inherent loss of meaning and beauty in translation], is a joint venture by Nanjing metro authority [...]

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July 8, 2011No Comments

Makeshift tiles, loose bolts…Rushing construction as Communist Party’s birthday gifts could cost money and lives

Less than ten days after its opening on June 28, a revamp of Nanjing South Railway Station is under way. Over 3,000 square meters (32,000 square feet) of granite tiles on the north square in front of the railway station has been destroyed, and brand-new granite tiles will be covering the floor after the revamp. [...]

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May 16, 20112 Comments

Rich Chinese practices drifting techniques on public road with luxury car, kills one

From Yangtze Evening Post On Monday afternoon, a BMW M6 sports car, whose price on the Chinese market is about 2.5 million Chinese yuan (US$380,000) suddenly lost control and collided into an electric bicycle, killing the bicycle rider right on the spot in Nanjing, capital city of eastern Jiangsu province. A witness said the fatal [...]

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March 30, 2011One Comment

Picture of the day: Car coated with gold

On March 29th, a convertible Infiniti G-37 coupe coated with gold made an ostentatious appearance in downtown Nanjing, capital city of China’s eastern Jiangsu province. Onlookers surrounded the car out of curiosity. Ten minutes after the owner parked it in front of a department store, the car was towed away due to parking violation. (Picked [...]

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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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March 4, 20113 Comments

Chinese college student: I have a Japanese boyfriend

From Southern Weekend When I meet a new person, the atmosphere soon plunged into frost. Usually after each one introduces himself, there is nothing left to say. Every time this happens, our mutual friends always come over to break the ice by starting with “Hey, you know? Her boyfriend is a Japanese!” Once this subject [...]

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February 22, 2011One Comment

Funny: What does sunny day mean to Chinese college students? Time to give bedding a sunbath

Jing: Chinese always have the tradition to air bedding in the sun (shaibeizi, 晒被子), as sunshine, with its ultraviolet rays, can kill the tiny bedbugs, mites and bacteria hidden in duvets, quilts, pillows and plush toys. They also like the warmth and fluffiness that the sun brings to their bedding. However, have you ever seen [...]

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February 8, 2011One Comment

Mouth-watering imperial food served in Nanjing. Wait, are they edible?

From Sina On February 7, 2011, 108 dishes were prepared in Nanjing as a lite version of the feast. But one can barely discern that these dishes consist entirely of stones and no other ingredient unless he strains his eyes. 48-year-old Zhang Junxiang is a rockhound. He said in 1997, he stumbled upon a stone [...]

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January 29, 2011No Comments

Inspired partly by Kerouac’s On the Road, Chinese student hitchhikes 2,300 miles home

From China Newsweek 13 days, 3,700 kilometers (about 2,300 miles), 25 free rides. A senior college student at Nanjing Normal University finished Spring Festival Rush of excitement and warmth without spending a penny on transportation. Hu Beilei only brought a sleeping bag, some clothes, a camera, cookies, a map, a few postcards and some cash [...]

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December 6, 20102 Comments

China’s largest animal migration: 1,500 stray dogs relocated to new shelter

From Xinhua On the bus, a volunteer uses wooden planks to block bus entrance and exit to prevent dogs from running away. Dogs ride the bus to their new home. Saturday, as the last carful of stray dogs were shipped into the new shelter, relocation of Ping’an-Afu Base for Stray Dogs came to an end. The [...]

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November 19, 2010No Comments

Pole dancing, Superman, King Kong…China’s subways offer bizarreness and masquerades

A woman pole dancing on a subway train in Nanjing, Jiangsu was later taken away by the security. “I want to show my clean pole dance to 10 million people,” she said. A passenger said he believed the woman simply wanted to hype herself up. A robot on board Shanghai’s subway line 2 The Gorilla [...]

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October 30, 2010One Comment

Funny Chinese counterfeits need not be taken seriously

Admittedly, China is glutted with knockoffs. Buyers seek after them for a good reason: it looks like a real deal. But what if some knockoffs are designed to be so crudely fake that nobody fails to tell?

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