17 million yuan invested, luxury cruise boat sinks at christening ceremony

| October 12th, 2011

From Phoenix News:

On October 10th, a microblog user posted a entry with photos, claiming that "A luxury boat named ‘JiuGang’ (酒钢号, named after Jiuquan Iron And Steel Group) sank when it was put in the water for the first time." The entry attracted a lot of attention. Later that day, Lanzhou Ministry of Transportation responded that the issue was already resolved. The boat was towed ashore and there were no causalities . They explained the accident was caused by mishandling […]Read more…

“Lu Meimei” and her charity project questioned by netizens

| August 31st, 2011

From Xinhua Net:

Guo Meimei controversy has brought the "second generation rich" (kids of rich parents) under the spotlight and hugely damaged the public’s trust and confidence in charity organization. Lately another second generation rich who is in charge of a billion yuan project sparks controversy on the Internet.

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Philanthropist dumps pile of cash on patient’s bed

| August 11th, 2011

From IFeng:

Li Chunping, a philanthropist  from Beijing donated 300,000 yuan (46,800 dollars) to a poor girl who suffers from acute severe aplastic anemia. He piled all the cash in the hospital bed for the girl who is going to take bone marrow transplant surgery. Many people criticized this controversial action.

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Lunch headaches in Beijing CBD

| August 11th, 2011

From Netease:

In today’s China, price of everything is rising. The most basic need for a human being-"food" is certainly the first concern . Take a look at the people’s lunch in the Beijing CBD (Central Business District), where people of all social levels gather: from cleaners, waiters to senior consultants and white-collars… see what makes lunch one of people’s headaches now.

Kiki,27岁,会计师事务所高级商业顾问。午餐是韩国餐厅的套餐,花费35元。Kiki公司楼下有一条美食街,她说:“吃遍了几十家餐厅后,根本找不到想吃的餐厅。”

Kiki, 27 year-old is a senior business consultant in a CPA firm. Her lunch is a set meal at a […]Read more…

Former champion gymnast begs on street

| August 8th, 2011

From QQ:

In China, though champion athletes are very much revered, it’s already well known that retired athlete-including former champion athlete find it hard to make ends meet once they retire. Many blame it on the nation’s sports system in which these athletes are enrolled in at their young age and experienced tough and long training at the expense of their education. They are trained only to win medals and are not prepared to live when they leave the sports system. […]Read more…

Photo hunt game of Chinese Shanzhai products

| July 31st, 2011

From Baidu:

“山寨 Shanzhai”culture is still popular in China. "Shanzhai" literally means "mountain village" or “mountain stronghold” and implies lack of official control. Shanzhai culture began when name-brand knockoffs flooding the market. However as it gains popularity its meaning expands. Shanzhai is not limited to imitation and pirated products but also parody to many mainstream culture and famous people and things look alike, like the model of the Beijing national stadium made out of sticks, Shanzhai spring gala show and so […]Read more…

School for how to snag a rich husband in China

| July 26th, 2011

From Dushi Women News:

“How much does it cost to snag a rich husband?”

“20,000 to 30,000 yuan.”

“How long does it take?”

“10 to 30 lessons.”

The Moral Education School for Girls (德育女学馆) is hot in Beijing. It teaches girls how to behave properly, how to put on makeup, how to communicate with rich man. Many girls who want to snag a rich man come to take the lessons and find them useful.

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You are not qualified to be my student if you can’t afford an iPad

| July 21st, 2011

From Eastday:

A teacher from Shanghai Maritime University became famous because of a piece of Weibo (micro-blog) he wrote “go buy an iPad during the summer break. If you don’t have money, just earn it by yourself. If you can’t get 4000 yuan in two months, it means you are not suitable to be majoring in finance, neither to be my student.” These controversial words spread widely through the internet. (He later deleted this post on his Weibo and even changed […]Read more…

Obsessed with donation, 84-year-old man turned down when donating life savings

| May 12th, 2011

From Yangzi Evening News via Sina | Translated by Jenny Jiang | edited by Key

(Illustration by Brian Chang)

A familiar figure appeared in the office of Chief Charity Association in Yancheng City yesterday afternoon. He was the 84-year-old man who was “obsessed” with donating his money to the public. This time, with his tottering hands, he handed in five certificates of deposit and a receipt which amount to 97,500RMB to the staff at the office. He decided to donate again. After […]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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Who was behind the panic buying of salt?

| April 2nd, 2011

From Netease: translated by Roy

Last 2 weeks, some cities in China were running short on salt due to the earthquake in Japan. March 17, salt in some supermarket was snatched within an hour. People felt depressed facing the empty salt shelf.

The earthquake in Japan caused the nuclear crisis. With the rumors like “Iodized salt can protect people from radioactivity”, “Chinese salt will be polluted by radiation.” spreading on the Internet and cell phones, people in China all joined into the […]Read more…

“Violent Charity”, philanthropy with poor taste?

| March 25th, 2011

From Yangzi Evening News | translated by Ivan | edited by Key

Recently, “China’s number one philanthropist” Chen Guangbiao distributed disaster-relief funds to two villages in the earthquake-stricken area in Yingjiang, Yunnan Province, each villages received 200 yuan in cash.   However, the photo of him with the villagers flaunting the donated money afterwards raised a storm of disputes on the Internet.  As for his charitable act being defined as “Violent Charity”, Chen Guangbiao responded on Mar 20, “I think the term […]Read more…

China clarifies salt shortage rumors due to nuclear crisis in Japan

| March 22nd, 2011

From Netease | Translated by Jue | Edited by Key

China News Agency, Beijing March 17th

Recently, there has been shopping spree for salt in some parts of China due to the growing nuclear crisis in Japan and the rumors that iodized salt will be capable to protect oneself from nuclear radiation, also with the fears that nuclear leaks would affect coastal areas in China and the marine products and salt would also be contaminated.

Therefore on March 17th, Chinese National Salt […]Read more…

Middle school holds a luxurious funeral, vice-principal suspended

| March 15th, 2011

From Netease | Translated by Roy | Edited by Key

A rich merchant in Wenling, Zhejiang held a luxurious funeral for his mother in a local middle school. Classes were suspended and the playground was used. The funeral cost 6 million yuan. The vice-principal of the school has been suspended.

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