High school boy sells kidney for iPad2

| June 3rd, 2011
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From Sina | translated by Jenny Jiang | edited by Key

Brief: The 17-year-old boy Zheng met an agent who sells kidneys on the Internet. The agent used 20,000RMB as a bait to take him to a hospital in Hunan Province. A so-called doctor removed the boy’s right kidney. Zheng’s health has declined a lot in the past month, and he regretted for his decision.

Zheng is a first year student at high school from Huishan, Anhui Province. Now we still [...]Read more…

Health department official flips out during talk show

| April 14th, 2011
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From QQ:

"医托" – Yituo are people who make a profit by decoying patients into go to illegal clinic or buying medicine. Usually the Yituo scam is an organized crime. One person pretends to be the victim of a certain disease and others as his family. They approach patients in the hospital, then after gaining the patient’s trust, proceed to recommend the patient to go to certain doctor or buy certain medicine. The Yituo gets the commission from the doctor or [...]Read more…

Who was behind the panic buying of salt?

| April 2nd, 2011
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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…

China clarifies salt shortage rumors due to nuclear crisis in Japan

| March 22nd, 2011
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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…

This is not Chinese food!

| December 30th, 2010
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Chinese food is famous for two reason: its extreme deliciousness and its weirdness. The later characteristic has a perfect example, the Wangfujing snack street in downtown Beijing. Just google it or YouTube it and you can find a lot of of videos and photos of foreigners amazed by what Chinese people are eating. You can find skin-piled sparrow, cicada, silk worm, inside-out snake, giant grasshopper, penis of various kind of animals and star fish. You name it. Just think of [...]Read more…

Muscle degeneration after eating crayfish, “shrimp washing powder” may be culprit

| August 24th, 2010
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It is the crayfish season again; the delicious crayfish because popular in China’s hot mid summer nights ever since the late 1990s. However this year over dozens of people in Nanjing were hospitalized with strange symptoms of unbearable muscle pains after eating crayfish since July. The doctor’s diagnosis was rhabdomyolysis (the destruction or degeneration of muscle tissue) serious cases even cause kidney damage. The speculation was that the “shrimp washing powder” (洗虾粉) which was popularly used by the sellers to [...]Read more…

Chinese Youth Internet Addicts Become Cash Cow

| August 25th, 2009
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On august 23rd, Famous CCTV Program “Economic Half-Hour” showed an episode called “Youth Internet Addicts Become Cash Cow” focused attentions on the a billion-yuan internet addiction treatment industry. The program pointed out that the lack of supervision causes many institutions to massively profit from parents anxiously finding cure for their kids’ addiction. Electric shocks, medication and violence were used and have already caused physical and mental harm to many Chinese youth.

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Chinese Company uses Obama in Advertisement, Fined 50,000

| August 4th, 2009
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HSW.cn reported August 4, Xian (西安 city) in Shanxi province a real estate company uses Obama and other famous celebrities in their advertisement bill boards, was imposed a 50,000 yuan fine by the Xian Trade and Industry Bureau. The Company was also ordered to stop such advertisements immediately and make public corrections.

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Chinese Fake Universities

| July 28th, 2009
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People say you can find just about anything made fake (Shanzhai) in China. How about universities? Guangdong province education department issued a solemn statement: recently 2 universities “Southern University” and “Hua Nan College of Industry and Commerce” appeared on the internet were total hoax. Police is investigating at the moment. Right now is the season of school admissions, Province education department warns the graduating students to be alert of these internet enrolment frauds.

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How to Identify Fake Chicken Eggs

| April 24th, 2009
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Not long ago people discovered fake chicken eggs being produced and sold in China. So if you are in China be very careful buying eggs, don’t buy the fake ones! This post from 39Net teaches you how to identify fake chicken eggs from the real ones.

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