Airpocalypse in China: Beijing is not the worst

Alia | January 15th, 2013 - 2:07 am
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But even with a PM 2.5 value several hundred higher than hazardous level, Beijing is still not the worst in China. While everybody is talking about the choking smog in Beijing, other cities with worse air quality received far less media attention. But at least someone is thriving during the airpocalypse. It’s 3M.

Mom sent to labor camp after visiting son in Beijing

Alia | November 24th, 2012 - 7:58 am
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On November 19, Guo Dajun, graduate student at Beijing Institute of Technology, reported on his Sina Weibo account that his mom, Zhao Meifu, has been taken by police from their hometown of Lanzhou, Gansu province, and was sentenced to one year of labor camp after paying him a visit in Beijing.

A home that resides in a public restroom

Alia | November 15th, 2012 - 3:43 am
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A migrant worker family in Guangdong lives in a public restroom for 9 years so that the son can have access to basic education.

The toughest questions and the stupidest answers at China’s 18th National Party Congress

Alia | November 14th, 2012 - 2:00 am
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While two 11-year-olds raised questions about food safety and housing prices, two of the most-cared-about social problems in China, Liang Wengen, billionaire and CEO of machinery maker Sany, scored two of the Congress’ most-ridiculed answers.

Sandy hit New York, Snow hit Beijing

Alia | November 5th, 2012 - 2:41 am
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This weekend, a once-52-years record snow storm hit Beijing. The whiteout on Saturday stuck over 1000 vehicles on highways for a whole nigh and killed 3 Japanese tourists stuck on the Great Wall.

Chinese people happily welcome the 18th Party Congress, the most important yet most vulnerable congress on earth

Alia | November 1st, 2012 - 5:47 pm
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With China’s 18th National Party Congress (or what Chinese netizens call “the Sparta”) right around the corner, people from across the country are busy “happily welcoming the 18th Congress”, while Beijing is on the edge of freaking out.

Seeing too much coverage on Sandy, Chinese netizens call CCTV a stooge of the US

Alia | October 31st, 2012 - 1:24 am
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After being overwhelmed by CCTV’s coverage on Sandy, Chinese netizens called it “the conscience of the US” – that is the polite way of saying it. The impolite way is “CCTV is a stooge of the US.”

New hope for poor guys in China: Down payment of a 100-sq-meter apt in Beijing costs only 208 times of sperm donation

Alia | September 7th, 2012 - 2:31 am
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Not many netiznes are up to sperm for houses, they have their eyes on another luxury – iPhone 5 is on its way and sperm donation is a way better choice than selling kidney.

China’s controversial philanthropist Chen Guangbiao to sell canned fresh air

Alia | August 14th, 2012 - 1:58 am
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Chen Guangbiao, China’s most high-profile philanthropist and CEO of Huangpu Recycling Resources Co. LTD, will set up boutiques in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou to sell canned fresh air starting September 17 at 4 to 5 yuan per can.

One flood, Two tales

Alia | July 26th, 2012 - 10:41 pm
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Two floods in two major cities in a week, yet while one city (Beijing) is mourning over flood casualties, the other (Tianjin) is having a fun summer day at the water park.