Top-of-the-Week Links: World’s tallest dam, headless corpse identified, and Great Leap Brewing wins big

Ai Weiwei exhibit in Hong Kong
Ai Weiwei’s new exhibit in Hong Kong, taking inspiration from China’s milk scandal

So belated. But better than never links.

A jaywalker and a traffic cop get into a conversation… Traffic cop: What colour is it? // Jaywalker: Two red, one green. // Traffic cop: Two red? How are there two reds? Look at that light. It’s the one for pedestrians, and it’s red. You’ve walked through a red light. Do you know?” (The Nanfang)

Huh. “Recently, the Washington Post reported on a survey of racial tolerance, in which people of different countries/regions were asked if they could tolerate having neighbours of other races. The Daily Mail called Hong Kong the ‘most racist,’ as the data shows that 71.8% of Hong Kong people don’t want to have neighbours of different races. Fortunately, redditor cf18 found that the result of the survey was mistranslated – 71.8% of Hongkongers are willing to have neighbours of different origins.” (Bad Canto)

New dam. “Chinese environmental authorities have approved construction plans for what could become the world’s tallest dam, while acknowledging that the project would affect endangered plants and rare fish species. // The 314 metre-high dam (1,030ft) will serve the Shuangjiangkou hydropower project along the Dadu river in south-western Sichuan province, according to China’s state news agency, Xinhua. A subsidiary of Guodian Group, one of China’s five major state-owned power companies, will complete the project over a decade at an estimated cost of £2.9bn.” (The Guardian)

April Fool’s streaker speaks on the record. “’I found it fun [to streak] in the beginning, but then it became natural.’ Li said. The comments online became partly encouraged for him. ‘I check netizens’ remarks every time I’m back… There are huge amounts of opinion-exchanges online, and I want to see how people look at my actions.’ The 28-year-old said he can’t describe the relief he felt: ‘Speech is useless for me,’ he laughs. ‘You just have to try it yourself to feel it.’ Most of his friends are surprised at his behaviour, offering neither criticism nor support.” (That’s Beijing)

Again, eh? “Three months after hackers working for a cyberunit of China’s People’s Liberation Army went silent amid evidence that they had stolen data from scores of American companies and government agencies, they appear to have resumed their attacks  using different techniques, according to computer industry security experts and American officials.” (NY Times)

More airport hoaxes. “After five Shenzhen-bound flights were grounded due to bomb threats on May 15, the curse of such threats continued to plague the country on May 17 when over ten flights were grounded, including ones from Guangzhou and ones destined for Shenzhen Nandu Daily reports.” (The Nanfang)

Corollary: Arrests. (AFP)

Knife-wielder neutralized interlude:


Great Leap Brewing wins Bar of the Year. (the Beijinger)

About that headless corpse in Qianmen… (That’s Beijing)

Higher expectations for foreign experts. (China Daily)

“Infantalizing North Korea.” (Huffington Post)

“’No,’ she replied sternly, ‘he’s not a foreigner. He is my neighbour.’” (Liuzhou Laowai)

“Highjacking” the Chinese Dream. (Quartz)

Finally, finally…

Zhang Yuqi at Cannes
Zhang Yuqi at Cannes, via Shanghaiist

One more…

Romain Jacquet-Lagreze pictures of Hong Kong
From graphic artist Roman Jacquet-Lagerze, via Hong Wrong

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