6 months after MH370 disappearance, families still await the return of their loved ones

| September 6th, 2014
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Sept 8,2014 will mark the half year milestone since the tragic disappearance of Malaysia Airline MH370 which was scheduled to fly from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014. The plane lost contact with air traffic control less than an hour after takeoff, disappearing together with 239 people on board including 154 Chinese. Sept 8 will also be the traditional Mid-autumn Festival in China, a day with perfect full moon that celebrates family reunion. However, for the families that lose [...]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…

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…

Beijing man sues Yao Ming over fish oil pill

| May 15th, 2014
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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.

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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…

Liu Bolin, the invisible man

| May 14th, 2013
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From Crane.tv: The Chinese artist whose ability to blend into the background has become a powerful mode of social commentary.

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Punks in China

| May 7th, 2013
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When the Sex Pistols appeared on the BBC singing "God Save the Queen," China was still in the grips of the Cultural Revolution – most music was banned, and Mao ruled supreme. It would take another two decades before punk arrived in Beijing.

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PR in China: pain for Apple and VW

| March 21st, 2013
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The following is a guest post by Philip via MarketingToChina.com, edited by Key.

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Apple and VW appeared on CCTV on Mar.15, not in advertising, but on consumers’ rights protection party. And obviously, they are big PR trouble.

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Apple was reported to treat Chinese consumers at a different standard in terms of after service. Chinese consumers can’t get a brand-new back cover as claimed in the Apple ads and even the warranty is much shorter than that in the US.

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Seven cities in China listed among the ten most polluted cities in the world

| January 29th, 2013
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From: Southern metropolis daily

In the largest 500 cities in China, only less than 1% has met the recommended standard set up by World Health Organization (WHO). The most prominent air pollutant in China is PM10.

The economic cost of pollution in China every year is equal to 1.2% of GDP if calculated based on the related disease and is 3.8% of GDP if calculated based on willingness to pay.

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Thousands married on 2013.1.4, a date homophonic as “love you for a lifetime” in Chinese

| January 11th, 2013
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From QQ:

Jan 4th, the couples waiting in the Beijing Haidian District marriage registration office

The first working day of 2013, the first summit of registration for marriage has come to Beijing. Journalist learned from Civil Affair Department in Beijing yesterday, that more than 7,000 couples have made appointments to register for marriage on Jan 4th, 2013. And the actual registration number will very likely to be over 10,000.

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IKEA in China, “our home is your home”

| July 27th, 2012
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From Sina Weibo via @薇薇诺诺2661317325

Go to IKEA, I was socked by all kinds of sleeping postures on each bed and each sofa, deeply deeply shocked!  0 to 80 years old, are all so indulged in sleeping! Beds without someone sleeping on them were all a mess.  Daycare center does not require store receipt to pick up their child.  People are so clever! My husband said, we have to wait till after our generation all die first, then we can talk [...]Read more…

Foreigner sexually assaulting woman in street of Beijing, beaten up by angry pedestrians

| May 9th, 2012
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On May 8, 2012, around 11:20 pm a drunken bald foreigner was sexually assaulting a woman in public near Xuanwumen subway station across street from Sogo Department Store in Beijing. A video captured him being questioned and stopped by a couple of pedestrians passing by. In rage, Beijing pedestrians hit him and he passed out in the street until the police arrived to the sense. This video quickly spread on the Internet especially on Weibo and received much attention from [...]Read more…

Woman pretends to be artillery solider flaunting wealth on micro-blog faces legal action

| May 2nd, 2012
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From Netease:

April 26, Sina Weibo verified account named “Second Artillery Liu Yuanyuan” exposed herself of drunk driving on micro-blog which attracted many Chinese netizens’ attention.  Claimed a member of Second Artillery Corps Art and Cultural Troupe she also “flaunted wealth” by sharing her personal photos.   People’s Liberation Army Second Artillery Corps Political Department and Propaganda Department News Director Chen Shoufu made a public statement that the Second Artillery Corps did not have such person named Liu Yuanyuan.  so-called “Second Artillery [...]Read more…

Artist living on a scale to lose weight in public

| March 21st, 2012
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From IFeng:

When hear the words “lose weight”, you probably never have thought of using cameras to monitor and record the entire weight loss process. From March 18 to April 18, sponsored by Home Inns & Hotels Management Inc., hosted by Yitel and Yi Hotel management Co., artist Wang Jun’s project “Keep Fit Deal – 15” is on display at the Yitel 798 Art Project in Beijing.

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