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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image courtesy of hubei news

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…

Beijing man sues Yao Ming over fish oil pill

| May 15th, 2014
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image courtesy of china.org.cn

A Beijing man is suing Yao Ming for endorsing an apparently misleading health food product, according to china.org.cn.

Feng Changshun is seeking 500RMB from a Beijing retail chain for allegedly exaggerated the benefits of By-Health fish oil capsules, and requested $0.01RMB from spokesperson Yao Ming for his involvement. Beijing’s Xicheng district court will hear the case.

“(The lawsuit) is symbolic. I want (Yao Ming) to admit to infringements of my rights,” he said.

Feng is suing [...]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…

Anhui woman finds condom in fish stew, manager swallows condom

| May 13th, 2014
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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…

Hong Kong activists’ vote slammed as unrepresentative by fellow pan-democrats

| May 12th, 2014
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Critics say the Hong Kong pan-democratic activist group Occupy Central is excluding moderates from their movement and that the vote they are holding on June 22 will be unrepresentative of Hong Kong.

Occupy Central’s “Universal Voting Day” is supposed to produce a winning set of electoral procedures for the group to endorse for the 2017 elections. They will then call on the government to adopt that set of procedures–or a similar one–in order to ensure a free and fair vote for [...]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.

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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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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…