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Armless Hubei man drives 99,500 miles, arrested for not having license

| July 5th, 2014
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A Hubei man drove 99,500 miles before being caught for not having a license on July 2, according to People’s Daily.

The man was apparently traveling east on the Huyu Expressway—a major expressway connecting Chongqing and Shanghai— when he was pulled over for switching lanes to avoid a “high-speed/ drunk driving” police check point. What officers saw when they looked through the drivers-side window amazed them. The armless man was apparently steering with the big toe of [...]Read more…

Foreigners in China: Is there really an expat exodus?

| June 18th, 2014
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From SmartIntern:

2013 saw several high profile foreigners exit China, with three of them, Marc Van Der Chijs, Charlie Custer, and Mark Kitto, penning articles explaining “Why I’m leaving China”. These articles, combined with record pollution in Beijing, sparked talk of an Expat Exodus from China. A year and a half later, we at SmartIntern were curious- is there really an Expat Exodus? What follows is our attempt to find out..

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Lack of Safety in Chinese Hospitals

| June 18th, 2014
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Chinese patients’ requests for more honest, better-qualified doctors have gone ignored. The city’s 27 public hospitals really need police officers, officials decided last month.

Officials are requesting police officers as deputy administrators, not just at the entrance. The goal? To keep displeased patients and their family from attacking the doctors.

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Refrigerated Van Development Rising in China

| June 18th, 2014
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The demand for refrigerated products has been increasing as people’s living standards have improved. Refrigerated and insulated vans in China rose from over 30,000 in 2000 to more than 50,000 in 2010. The reinforcement of the cold chain logistics industry has also helped with the quick development.

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Australian Lawyer Mad at Chinese Prosecutors

| June 18th, 2014
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Regardless of his three year stint in a Chinese jail, Australian entrepreneur Charlotte Chou will wait longer to learn her fate after a Guangzhou court failed to deliver a verdict today.

Prosecutors scoured through fresh evidence, relating to two bank accounts, which they say showed Ms. Chou was guilty of stealing money from a university she helped found.

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After finding and correctly guessing a bankcard password, a Guangxi man was sentenced to 5 years in prison for fraud

| June 17th, 2014
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After correctly guessing a found debit card’s PIN number and indulging in a spending spree, a Guangxi man was sentenced to 5 years in prison Xinhua News reported on June 17.

Su Mou apparently found the lost bankcard at a Nanning roadside. The Guangxi man went to a Dongxi City Agricultural Bank of China ATM and, after several failed attempts at guessing the card password, Su finally got it right. He transferred 450,000 yuan to [...]Read more…

China admits environmental future “not optimistic”

| June 16th, 2014
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In honor of World Environmental Day, China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection recently released its “2013 China Environmental Status” report, a profile of the water and ambient air quality index (AQI) of 74 “key” Chinese cities during 2013. Surveyors reported 35.9 smoggy days on average during 2013, an increase of 18.3 days from 2012. Haikou, Zhoushan and Lhasa were the only cities that’s average AQI met national standards during 2013, while Beijing, neighboring Tianjin and other cities [...]Read more…

Jiangsu police break up child pornography site with 90,000 members

| June 12th, 2014
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Jiangsu police arrested three men involved in a discontinued child pornography website Modern Express newspaper reported on June 7.

At the site’s peak, “YouYou Resource Network” apparently featured 45,000 pictures and videos of young girls performing sexual acts, and had 90,000 registered members. Three men involved in managing the site were arrested on charges of creating a pornographic site and collecting illegal dues.

Police were tipped off about the site in February 2014, when the Xuzhou “internet police” [...]Read more…

China’s ongoing love affair with gambling

| May 29th, 2014
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It was recently reported that Macau’s gambling industry is seven times bigger than Vegas.

That’s quite a large sum of money, especially when you consider that Vegas makes $6.5 billion a year – Macau, however, China’s gambling capital, has trumped all other hot casino destinations around the world by announcing revenues of 360 billion patacas, or $45 billion. That’s a 20% rise on last year.

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Hunan men try to free friend from prison by pretending to be U.N. peacekeeping officials

| May 28th, 2014
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Two Hunan men were arrested after pretending to be United Nations officials pleading the release of a friend from prison on May 17, according to Offbeat China.

The men stepped through the door of Yuyang Prison in YueYang city about late afternoon that Saturday, armed with four well-prepared “red head” documents, a nickname for government-issued papers in China.

“We are here to request Mr. Lin’s release for medical treatment,” one man said to prison security. “The release [...]Read more…

Wuhan housing manager rolls out barbed wire against square dancers

| May 26th, 2014
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Despite barbed wire, hazard cones and a make-shift 100-meter long fence, a group of square dancers continued to perform at the entrance of a housing complex Wuhan Times reported on Sunday.

Building residents had apparently been complaining for weeks, property owners said, saying the music distracted students who were trying to study and was a nuisance to families after a long day of work. The building manager asked the dancers to either perform without music or [...]Read more…

Hubei man in traffic dispute hangs onto car roof for 15 miles

| May 19th, 2014
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A Hubei man clung to a car roof while the vehicle traveled more than 15 miles between cities Hubei News reported on May 12.

The Yunmeng man apparently leaped onto the taxi’s roof at Xiaogan City and clutched the passenger side and drivers side windows for support while the car drove more than 15 miles along State Road 316. The man apparently jumped onto the roof of the car after getting in a dispute with the [...]Read more…

Anhui winery models toilet after U.S. congress building

| May 19th, 2014
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image courtesy of anhui news

A Anhui winery built toilets in the style of the U.S. Capitol Building Anuhui News reported on May 12.

Sporting traditional columns, a circular dome and high windows distinct to the U.S. Capitol, the luxurious restroom takes up more than 4,000 square feet, and is only open to Golden Seed winery staff and visitors. But, any resemblance to The Hill is merely a coincidence, said brewery staff.

“We were just trying to be novel,” an employee [...]Read more…

Guangdong factory waste dyes river red, blue

| May 13th, 2014
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Waste from a Guangdong factory dyed a waterway magenta and blue on the afternoon of May 12, according to Guangzhou Daily.

A Huizou printing plant apparently illegally discharged its rubbish into the small waterway about 12 p.m. that Tuesday. Dyed red near the factory and blue upstream, residents noticed the bizarre colors immediately, and sent pictures to Yuanzhou county officials and posted them online.

Shocked, government workers and Boluo Eco-environmental protection agency staff rushed to the scene, and [...]Read more…