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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…

Anhui woman finds condom in fish stew, manager swallows condom

| May 13th, 2014
image courtesy of hefei news

image courtesy of hefei news

A Anhui restaurant manager swallowed a condom after arguing with a customer over whether or not she deliberately put the contraceptive in her food, according to Hefei News.

Leung (no first name available) and two female companions went to a fish restaurant in Hefei’s government district on the evening of May 9. The three women apparently got in a dispute with the store staff, but decided to eat at the restaurant anyway- they ordered a single, [...]Read more…

Mortician Occupation Becoming Popular in China

| May 12th, 2014
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Young people in China are opting at an increasing rate to become morticians. A funeral service center in Jiaxing, a city of eastern China’s Zhejiang province has particularly been popular with adults born after 1990. Training for funeral service is showing up in vocational schools around the country.

At a university in northern Taiwan, death is the focal topic in one of the classes. Since 2009, teachers from the school in Miaoli county have been teaching students about dealing with [...]Read more…

Brave gang of Suzhou pigs stage mass break out of flipped truck

| May 11th, 2014
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An intrepid gang of pigs punched through the roof of an overturned semi-trailer truck on May 11, according to People’s Daily.

The Sujiahang Suzhou company truck was apparently traveling too fast around a left bend, flipped over and smashed through a highway barrier rail about 12 p.m. on May 11. Approximately 70 pigs were being transported from Jiangyan to a Shanghai wholesale market inside the truck, and were left trapped inside the vehicle’s back carriage.

Proving [...]Read more…

Jiangsu man pulled over for driving while attached to medical drip

| May 11th, 2014
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Police pulled over a Jiangsu man for driving while attached to an intravenous drip on April 30, according to CCTV news.

Gang Fang was apparently traveling on a highway in Jiangsu province—located in east China—with a bag of fluid sticking from his sunroof, and a tube leading to his arm that Wednesday afternoon.

Gang told police that earlier that day he visited a hospital due to stress. Doctors told him to lie down, and take time [...]Read more…

Hebei founds “General-Secretary-Xi-Jinping-Spirit-of-Series-of-Important-Speeches Research Center”

| May 9th, 2014
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image courtesy of the daily mail

The Hebei Propaganda Department cut the ribbon on its “General-Secretary-Xi-Jinping-Spirit-of-Series-of-Important-Speeches Research Center” on April 30, according to Hebei News Network.

Site publicity and propaganda minister stressed the need for students to study and research Xi’s speeches in order to understand his specific brand of Chinese socialism, and for local and national decision-makers to visit the center in order to refine their service to the nation. The institute was established at the Hebei Academy of Social [...]Read more…

Chengdu man peeing on side of road uncovers ancient treasure

| April 30th, 2014
image courtesy of Chengdu Daily News

image courtesy of Chengdu Daily News

A Chengdu man peeing on the side of the highway discovered three ancient statues on April 24, according to Chengdu Daily News.

Xiao Xu was traveling southeast from work on a highway near the Sichuan Provincial People’s Hospital—located in Chengdu in southwest China—about 6 p.m., when the 20-year-old couldn’t hold it any longer.

He pulled onto the side of the highway, got out of his car and started peeing. Once he was done, Xiao noticed a [...]Read more…

Hunan man spends seven days turning torso into epic Song Dynasty tattoo

| April 25th, 2014
image courtesy of People's Daily

image courtesy of People’s Daily

A Hunan man lay motionless for 55-hours while a Song Dynasty scroll was tattooed into his flesh.

“Riverside Scene at QingMing Festival,” measuring 50 cm high and 38 cm wide, spans the entire length of Yang Zhenwei’s torso, and took seven days to complete, according to People’s Daily.

Designing the tattoo was the hardest part, said tattooist Ah Wei (pseudonym). That, and the 11-hour days.

Dated to the northern Song Dynasty, the original painting is an incredibly colorful, [...]Read more…

Chinese official dies from drinking too much after first day on job

| April 23rd, 2014
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photo courtesy of globalannal.wordpress.com

A Chinese official died from drinking too much — on his first day on the job.

Zhong Xiefei died from excessive drinking the evening of April 9, according to South China Morning Post. That Wednesday he enjoyed his first — and last — day of work as deputy chief of Laibin city, located in Guangxi province in south China.

Zhong began drinking baijiu, China’s national liquor, with other provincial and county-level officials that day at lunch.

That night, family [...]Read more…

Man, alpaca enjoy joyride in Jilin

| April 20th, 2014
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A Changchun City man and his alpaca went for a joyride on the evening of April 16.

The man drove a black sport utility vehicle east on Xi’an Road in Changchun City- the capital of Jilin province in northeastern China- while the alpaca sat in the passenger seat, enjoying curious looks from rush-hour travelers. The alpaca’s looks were used to drum up business for a local store, according to China Daily, and the “special guest” drew quite a crowd.

Please enjoy these [...]Read more…

Matchmaker shares the best places to pick up girls in Beijing

| March 25th, 2014
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A matchmaker in Beijing shared information on where to look for single girls and what to look for in a recent issue of China Weekly (中国周刊).

The woman, Rong Chaoran, who works for a private dating website, singled out individual malls and brands, going so far as to diss the uneducated girls who shop at Xidan who are too poor to shop at Shin Kong Place.

Rong Chaoran’s assessment is based on her experience standing around the mall all day looking for [...]Read more…

Photos of Plum Blossom Festival in Nanjing

| March 7th, 2014
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Each year, Plum Blossom Festival signals that spring is coming soon in Nanjing. The plum blossom trees at Nanjing’s Zijin Mountain (紫金山) are among the most beautiful in China. In March, these plum blossoms come out in full bloom. This has been promoted as Plum Blossom Festival (梅花节) since 1996.

The best viewing areas of Plum Blossom Mountain and Plum Blossom Valley of Zijin Mountain. Plum Blossom Mountain is a hill covering 400 acres with 18 kinds of flowers and 15,000 [...]Read more…

Expats: It’s your own fault if you don’t integrate

| March 6th, 2014
A common site in Chinese bars.

“Why do so many foreigners still insist upon living in a land where, at this point in history, integration is impossible?” Kevin McGeary writes in a post at The Nanfang.

A common sight in Chinese bars.

I am reading his post while I sit in a coffee shop after getting back from seeing the plum blossoms at Zijin Mountain with two Chinese college students I met yesterday at Xuanwu Lake (see post: Plum Blossom Festival photos). I met the two students [...]Read more…

Fried chicken biscuits, cuttlefish smoked chicken bread, and other interesting snacks from Chinese bakeries

| February 22nd, 2014
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Chinese bakeries are notorious for their “interesting” pastries. There are hot dogs wrapped in oily buns, breads in different colors meant to evoke all kinds of tastes… In fact, chicken, pork, and other meats are popular flavors of bread.

In Hong Kong today, I ran into “fried chicken biscuits”… …with pork in them. What do fried chicken biscuits taste like?

If writing about music is like dancing about architecture, the same can be said about writing about food. Nonetheless, I tried to [...]Read more…