Didier Drogba rode into China with hopes of changing Chinese football. “I think I have a little bit of experience — I come here to share that experience and some knowledge,” he said back in July. Given the chance on a different team, he might have succeeded, and we might be writing a different story.... Read more »Read more »
Ah yes, another moment in Chinese poop history. In a Taiwan airport recently, someone snapped a picture of a toddler defecating onto a newspaper in the middle of the ground, reportedly with a bathroom nearby. Culture, right? What can ya do? The photograph found its way to Facebook and then Taiwan’s NOW News, and people... Read more »Read more »
Maya Moore scored 53 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in Game 1 of the WBCA finals yesterday. Whatever superlatives you want to append to that statement, feel free to do so, but I'll just write this again: 53 points, 13 rebounds. This is where the focus should be: a remarkable individual effort from the world's best female basketball player on Chinese professional basketball's biggest stage. Imagine if LeBron James went for 53 in the NBA finals (or CBA finals, to complete the analogy). You'd want 800 words about that, right? Moore's Shanxi beat Zhejiang 96-92 to grab a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series. Read more »
As if the stress of participating in the world’s largest human migration weren’t enough, Spring Festival travelers have one more thing to worry about. Hangzhou-based Qianjiang Evening Post reports that a woman named Xiao Qiao recently downloaded a Trojan while trying to buy a ticket from the Ministry of Railways official ticketing site — “which... Read more »Read more »
No one loves a polluted Beijing quite like foreign editors. The first time the smog swept through, two and a half weeks ago, lots of overseas publications were caught off guard and slept on the story, which is why we saw articles about China’s “Airpocalypse” up to five days after the skies had cleared up. Determined to... Read more »Read more »
Jon Stewart gave China’s air the comedic treatment last week (and rhymed it with “Nair”), using footage from a week before (and referencing this story about the Hangzhou factory fire). We bring it up now because, first, we hadn’t seen it on the China blogs yet, but more importantly, everyone is talking about pollution again. And if you... Read more »Read more »
How impressive is this? How fast must you go to actually push your vehicle underneath the back wheel of another? (We’ve seen something similar, for the record.) At the intersection of Huayuan Road and North Ring Road in Zhengzhou, Henan province on Friday, a five-car accident was caused by a driver who rammed his car... Read more »Read more »
The above video, posted two days ago, depicts about 20 staffers of Liaoning province's Anshan District People's Procuratorate beating five petitioners on September 29, 2010.
It's no secret that police officers often beat and humiliate petitioners to deter people from further petitioning. But this time, those on the receiving end of the abuse were themselves cops.
According to local news, the Procuratorate accused five officers of using torture during interrogations. The officers denied the charge, petitioned in front of the Procuratorate building, and were promptly beaten. Read more »
If you live in northern China, particularly Beijing, you don’t need me to tell you the air’s not looking good today. By all indications, government officials understand this as well — their offices have windows, too. They live under the same miasma, as do their children. And we have to trust that they share our... Read more »Read more »
We've seen streets swallow people and vehicles alike, and form a giant ass pattern, but a house?
In Guangzhou yesterday near Kangwang Road bus station in Liwan district, the ground underneath a construction site collapsed, pulling six shops into its Stygian depths. Read more »
Nearly everyone hates the Great Firewall (GFW), which blocks websites such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and many others from being viewed inside mainland China. To “jump over” said firewall, a small cottage industry of VPN services have sprung up, such as Witopia, Astrill and 12vpn, to name a few, to help the frustrated Internet user... Read more »Read more »
We have here a very late entry to the Internet’s ongoing competition for best Gangnam Style remake/parody, but sometimes the best really do come last. Please give your attention to Etoilec1, whose flipbook animation of Gangnam Style captures and embodies PSY’s original production in all its creativity, craftsmanship, zaniness, and sheer wonder. Is it scene-by-scene... Read more »Read more »
A motorcyclist in Linhai, Zhejiang province is lucky to be standing today after barely avoiding an overturning container truck last Tuesday. Check out this recently uploaded video in which the cyclist, waiting on Highway 104, finds the sudden need to sidestep a 19-ton vehicle skidding straight at him. The truck driver, fortunately as well, was not seriously injured. Read more »
We’ve all experienced the apoplexy that comes with a dropped Internet connection, especially in China, where connections can drop in so many ways (such as a non-VPN’ed google search of a sensitive term, which is the worst). But needless to say, few of us have acted on our threats to “kill someone.” The guy in... Read more »Read more »
In what can only be regarded as “Hollywood with Chinese Characteristics,” 38 minutes of Cloud Atlas, a sci-fi drama starring Tom Hanks and Halle Berry, have been deemed unfit for Chinese audiences. In America the movie suffered from lukewarm reviews; in China, it suffered from mass excision, notably love scenes involving both straight and gay couples. Read more »
The Beijinger is our fine city's largest expat magazine, purveyors of flour, dogs, hair, and hutong skiers. Frankly, we can't wait for what's next... tissues? turtles? WE HOPE SO. Too excited about the possibilities, we've gone ahead and mocked up some cover suggestions. Let's make this happen, tbj. Read more »
The “law” may have finally caught up with Zhu Ruifeng, the whistleblower who released sex tapes that busted 11 officials, including district Party boss Lei Zhengfu of Chongqing. Last night, scary cops visited his home in Beijing, saying they were from the local police station. “Zhu suspected that they had actually come from Chongqing and... Read more »Read more »
Alicia found this one via Michael Poe's Facebook. As with a lot of these memes, it's difficult to track down the creator, so we'll have to settle with giving Internet love. Respect, whoever did this. Read more »