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60-year-old farmer builds electric wooden horse and others

| August 26th, 2014
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Tinkering seems to be a timeless hobby for boys regardless of age. In China’s Jinlin Province, 60 years old farmer Li Jingyang is one good example.

With some carpenter experiences in the village, farmer Li Jingyang enjoys watching science channel and programs about inventions. And inspired by those programs, he started building the electric wooden horse in 2008. The wooden horse is 1.4m high, 2m long with an imbedded storage battery. Its body and legs are able to move forward, [...]Read more…

Chinese vintage parenting posters from 1952

| August 25th, 2014
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Raising a child can be a lifetime responsibility especially in China where most families have a precious only child. That’s why nowadays Chinese parents just shower their child with gifts and satisfy the child’s every single demand, producing more “bear children (brats)” to the society. For most parents, it seems that parenting equals providing. But back in the days before the introduction of One Child Policy in China, parenting was not so much about eliminating all kinds of obstacles [...]Read more…

Vista Profiles Woman Forced into Sex Slavery by Japanese

| August 2nd, 2014
Wei Shaolan visiting the opening of the opening ceremony of the archives on comfort women at Shanghai Normal University.

Wei Shaolan hadn’t moved out of the mountains for very long before the Japanese invaded Guangxi. A Yao minority from a village outside of Guilin, she had recently married a Han man when she was captured by Japanese troops in December 1944. She remembers a soldier piercing her bamboo backpack to prevent her from running away, and she saw half a dozen other captured women. They became some of the over 100,000 sex slaves imprisoned by the Japanese during World [...]Read more…

Anhui police officer dismissed after refusing to drive dying boy to hospital

| July 7th, 2014
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After a police officer refused to drive a one-year-old to the hospital, the Anhui boy died due to lack of medical treatment on June 30, according to People’s Daily.

Wenfang was playing in the street about noon when he was struck by a car in Fuyang City, located in Anhui province. The responsible car quickly drove away, and the boy’s father rushed to the middle of the street, cradling the seriously injured one-year-old in his arms. Onlookers, [...]Read more…

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…