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…

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

| April 25th, 2014
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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…

Zulfiya Chinshanlo, Kazakhstan weight lifting champion is really Chinese athlete from Hunan

| July 31st, 2012
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From Netease:

July 29th, Zulfiya, the Kazakhstan woman weight-lifting athlete, broke the world record and became the champion, earning the second gold medal for Kazakhstan. However, no one knew that this Kazakhstan weightlifter was a former Chinese athlete — former Hunan player, Zhao Changning (赵常宁). Zulfiya, originally named Zhao Changning, was born in 1993 in the deep mountains two-hour away from Yongzhou, Hunan Province. At age of 11, because of poverty, Zhao Changning was sent by her parents to Lengshuitan in […]Read more…

Just another food scandal: landfill becomes cattle feedlot

| November 8th, 2011
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After melamine-tainted milk, drainage oil, fake egg, colored Mantou, lean meat powder pork, shrimp washing powder etc etc, China recently introduces another food “innovation” in Changsha, Hunan Province – garbage beef. Cattle live on garbage in a landfill till they are old enough to be butchered and served on dinner table.  Netizens teased that these cattle are as strong as Chinese: immune to all kinds of food poisoning.

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Free admission to Hunan scenic resort for virgin girls over 22

| September 8th, 2011
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From Chengdu Evening News:

If you are a girl over 22-year-old and a virgin, you can enjoy a free visit to the Zhouluo Scenic Resort in Hunan province During the Wild Osmanthus Festival! Many The news sparks a heated discussion among netizens, "First recruit the virgins to pick tea, now offer free entry to virgins, what on earth is it about the virgin?" "This is too vulgar. Use your brain, please!" but the scenic resort respond, "It’s just a creative idea." […]Read more…

Free lunch program starts in Hunan Province, benefits first 41 children

| May 3rd, 2011
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From hunan.voc.com | translated by Jenny Jiang | edited by Key

“Free Lunch Program” started at Pingpo village Primary School of Xinhuang Dong Autonomous County, Hunan Province. Peng Xiaoyu, took her younger brother to school and fed him the free lunch. At noon of April 27th , 41 students from the school had a warm lunch for the first time.

“It tastes good! Do we have it tomorrow?” asked Peng Yi, shyly.

“We hope that this program would be sustainable and also growing […]Read more…

16-year-old girl leaped to her death from hotel after being molested, two policemen are involved suspects

| September 23rd, 2010
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(From Netease) September 20, Hunan Fenghuang County Public Security Bureau issued a public notice which revealed the brief course of events about the death of a 16 year old girl in Ancient Phoenix City (Fenghuang), Hunan Province.

September 4, at 7 pm, a 16-year-old girl leaped to her death at the Phoenix Grand hotel. Many spectators were at the scene, for a while, this girl’s jump caused public uproar in the local area. Faced with various speculations, Fenghuang Country police […]Read more…

The first most beautiful breasts model contest in Hunan, viewers watched in heavy rain

| September 5th, 2010
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(Netease) RedNet.cn reported on September 5, “Morning News Weekly” (A Hunan based magazine) hosted the first breast model contest in Hunan Province which lasted nearly 2 months, and the final was held on September 4 in Changsha. According to the design of the organizing committee, the final site was selected to be an outdoor stage with a water view. However the sudden pouring rain not only blurred models’ visions, it even made some of them slip and fall on […]Read more…

Cao Cao’s tomb discovered

| January 1st, 2010
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From Sina and Netease

On December 27, 2009, Department of Archeology, Hunan Province, made a statement in Beijing that they have discovered the tomb of Cao Cao (曹操), however, it soon attracted doubts and questions from various archeologists and netizens. Yesterday (December 31, 2009), to respond to the questions arised thus far, Department of Archeology from Hunan Province held an official press release in Zhenzhou (郑州).

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Hunan school trampling incident, 8 dead, 26 injured

| December 8th, 2009
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[Netease] On the evening of December 7, 2009, a tragic trampling incident happened at Yucai private middle school in Xiangxiang city, Hunan Province, causing 8 dead, 26 injured and 8 others under medical observation in the hospital.

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Vegetables are sick – Hunan Liuyang cadmium pollution

| November 21st, 2009
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(picture: A polluted eggplant)

[Southern Metropolis Daily] In July and August of this year, the Hunan Liuyang cadmium pollution incident caused nationwide concerns. It has been three to months since the incident, chemical plant was permanently closed, the relevant officials were suspended from their positions and affected farmers also received a certain amount of compensation. Recently the photographer went back to Liuyang, to some of the affected areas and shot a set of portraits for the crops. These terminally […]Read more…