Wuhan housing manager rolls out barbed wire against square dancers

| May 26th, 2014

image courtesy of wuhan times

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…

Anhui winery models toilet after U.S. congress building

| May 19th, 2014

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…

Shanxi police chief has 8 false identities, 7 fake names

| May 1st, 2014

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A Shanxi police chief was dismissed for allegedly using multiple identities to amass a fortune in illegal money transfers, according to Beijing Times.

During his Fan Hongwei’s time as police chief of Changzhi, he apparently forced staff to fabricate eight false identity cards for him, and amassed huge wealth by illegally transferring money to his seven fake names.

The 53-year-old’s ID cards and information were deleted after each use, but his seven different names—including: Fan […]Read more…

Cities with the highest housing inflation in 2013

| March 11th, 2014

Housing prices continue to rise quickly in China. According to data from City House.cn, 14 major cities experienced increases of over 10% in the price of housing from February 2013 to February 2014.

Some of those increases happened in the usual places: Beijing, already the most expensive city in China, experienced a 14.6% increase, and the coastal city of Xiamen experienced a 15.1% increase, the fourth highest for the year.

Other hot markets are less well known: Langfang, Hebei province; Liuzhou, Guangxi; […]Read more…

“Residents only pay 111 RMB/month for housing” Says China Statistics Bureau

| May 5th, 2011

From 21st Century Economic Report via Yahoo

Statistics Bureau said Chinese monthly expenditure of residential housing is 111 Yuan, which caused controversy

Key information: the result issued by China Statistics Bureau recently shows that the average monthly expenditure of one citizen is 1,123 Yuan, among which housing expenditure only costs 111 yuan, lower than expenses of food, transportation, communication, education, entertainment and clothing.

Is 3,000 personal income tax exemptions too high or too low?

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The ten years of a Chinese middle class

| February 20th, 2011

From Netease:

Autumn of 2000, 26-year-old Michael carried his luggage and hopped onto a train going to Shanghai.

He had just graduated with his masters in communication engineering from a well-known university in Nanjing.

“In 10 years, my annual salary will be over millions (RMB)” Michael set a goal for himself.

In 2000, IT communications boomed in the land of China. As Huawei, ZTE, Bell and other enterprises rapidly expanded in the country, they have recruited many engineers from major colleges and universities […]Read more…

Sanya’s “Hammer Action” to pull down the city’s biggest slum

| February 17th, 2011

Sanya (Hainan province) is a popular tourist destination at the southernmost tip of China, famous for its tropical climate and beautiful beaches. Recently the city government is dedicated to beautifying the city by pulling down the biggest slums in the city. The government even has a name for this clearance action: “Hammer Action”.

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When low-rent housing becomes civil servant’s year-end bonus

| January 28th, 2011

From LWGCW:

When (春运 Chunyun) the mass passenger transportation is occurring around the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year), to many people this means after a whole year of busy work, it is time to take a break to relax for a while. Of course, some are happy and some are sad. Unlike other company’s year-end bonus being a round-trip ticket, or traveling abroad, the unlucky ones like the employees at Youngor Textile Printing and Dyeing Co. in Ningbo (宁波雅戈尔日中纺织印染有限公司) received the […]Read more…

“Egg house” is an illegal construction, to be removed

| December 3rd, 2010

(Netease) A Beijing drifter young man named Dai Haifei  built and placed this egg shaped house under the building he works at. He has been living in it for almost 2 months. According to Beijing News, the property sector where the “egg house” is at hoped Dai Haifei will move the “egg house” inside of his company. City Urban Management (Chengguan) of Haidian district said, the little cabin is an illegal construction which should be removed.

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Young man builds egg shaped dwelling in Beijing as his home

| December 1st, 2010

Dai Haifei (戴海飞), 24 years old form Hunan province, built and placed an egg shaped small house in a courtyard in Beijing, as his home. Inspired by his company’s design, Dai Haifei built the “egg” house with bamboo and it only cost him 6,427 yuan. Now he has been living in it for almost 2 month, rent free. The following is his diary on Douban describing how he builds the egg house.

My father works at a construction site; mother is […]Read more…

A true dwelling in Shanghai

| October 19th, 2010

蜗居: literally Snail Living, like a snail in its shell, living in a small home; the small place of residence; small dwelling; humble abode.

From Tiexue:

362 Longchang Road (near Pingliang Road), Yangpu district, Shanghai,  is also called Longchang apartments. This apartment complex is a Roman Coliseum-looking square-shaped compound, 5 story buildings surround a spacious courtyard in the middle which housed over 250 families. Each story of the building has a long public corridor, behind the corridor are various sized dwellings, […]Read more…

Hainan “Building Thin Thin” demolished

| July 13th, 2010

(daqi) July 10, Haikou, Hainan, the law enforcement personnel were directing the two excavators to demolish the most “awesome” (牛 niu) thin building in Hainan, this marks the end of the “Building Thin Thin” (楼薄薄).

Demolition personnel at the sense said, this building was an illegal construction. The government once acquired some of the land from the owner and paid him the appropriate compensation. The owner then utilized the remaining 19 square meters of the land and also occupied part […]Read more…

How long does it take you to buy this home?

| June 30th, 2010

In the traffic congested city streets, an advertiser was busy handing out flyers for the newly constructed condos. “Beautiful homes, starting at 29,800 yuan per square meters”, one flyer ended up in the hands of a cab driver who was waiting in traffic. He looked at the flyer and thought “It takes 125 years in order to buy this home”. That made his nose bleed.

A young man got into the cab and picked up the flyer on his way to […]Read more…

The war’s on! Peasant builds blockhouse to fight against force demolition

| June 14th, 2010

(From ctdsw) To protect his contracted property from being demolished by force, 56 years old peasant Yang Youde builds a blockhouse on his farming land and successfully scares the demolition team away twice using fire-tubes. Yang says he is not nail-household who struggles for higher compensation, he is just fighting to justify what he entitled to by laws.

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