Friday Musical Outro: Not There, Here Again

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Hello Beijing Cream readers. My name is Josh and I work at this other website called Smart Beijing, where I write tl;dr music articles on a weekly basis. The Tao is outsourcing these Friday Musical Outros to my comrade Morgan, but he's busy preparing for his simultaneous DJ sets at Dada and Temple tomorrow night, so he passed the buck to me. Today's video is kind of a cheat. A teaser, you might say. Tomorrow night at Temple, live funktronic act Not There is re-emerging after seven months of dormancy. Not ones to miss out on an opportunity to employ guerrilla marketing tactics, they released this lil' 25-second clip to promote the show. Read more »

Hundreds Arrested In China For Selling Meat So Fake, You Could Literally Call It Rat Meat

Rat meat in place of mutton
Xinhua News Agency reports that 904 people were arrested on Thursday as part of a nationwide crackdown on spoiled and fake food. How fake are we talking about? Deep breath time. “In Wuxi, in east China’s Jiangsu Province, suspects made fake mutton from fox, mink and rat by adding chemicals,” the news agency reported. Read more »


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I don't really have anything to add to Hong Wrong's piece about the 16.5-meter duck in Victoria Harbor, "In Pictures: HK Goes Completely Insane For Big Yellow Duck’s Arrival," or Shanghaiist's guide to SCMP's articles about these rubber ducks (with rolling updates), except to say this is awesome: Read more »

We’re Okay With This: A Ferrari Crashes Into A Truck In A Bike Lane

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Big oops, as spotted by Car News China in Shanghai. A Ferrari FF drove into the back on a truck on a bicycle lane. Furthermore; the Ferrari was driven by a laowai (foreigner) with a laowai-chick on the passenger’s seat. It’s not as expensive an accident as a Lamborghini running into a Rolls Royce, but nonetheless… OOPS. Read more »

Three young speeding motorcyclists in Hainan, chased by police, die

The East is Read
Surely at some point we've all encountered street racers or speeding motorcyclists in China, usually young people with too much money and too much time. And how many of us have been able to suppress the thought, I really hope they get into trouble. Death? No, not that. But trouble -- a hefty fine, a 12-point driver's license deduction, a single-vehicle wreck... Read more »

Iron Man 3 Breaks Records In China, But Has All The Pockmarks Of Corporate Hollywood

Iron Man 3
Chinese product placements, superfluous scenes with Fan Bingbing, inflated ticket prices… what did all of that get Iron Man 3′s much anticipated debut in China this week? Only every record in the books. “Disney is confirming that Iron Man 3 broke every opening day record in China’s box office,” according to “The official figure... Read more » Read more »

Brittney Griner Will Be Playing In The WCBA

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Brittney Griner, who recently closed out one of the most dominant college careers in women's basketball history, is coming to China. NiuBBall reports: Apparently not satisfied enough with their previous 6’8 dunking female center, the Zhejiang Chouzhou Golden Bulls have taken things up a notch, signing not only the world’s greatest women’s dunker, but possibly its most dominant as well. Read more »

Hebei Principal Poisons To Death Two Students From Rival Kindergarten

Kindergarten students poisoned to death
Two young children were the victims of a dispute between the adults of rival kindergartens last week, according to Xinhua. Let that punch in the gut settle in. Xinhua reports that the principal of an unnamed kindergarten in Pingshan, Hebei province intentionally laced yogurt with tetramine, then hired someone to have it sold along a route that children... Read more » Read more »

Accused NASA Spy Bo Jiang’s Worst Offense May Have Been Downloading Porn, According To US Justice System

NASA astronaut porn
Bo Jiang, the suspected Chinese spy who was pulled off a plane on March 16 just as it was preparing to fly him out of the country, downloaded more than just classified NASA documents and sensitive information, as revealed by Bloomberg. Actually, let’s back up a bit. Did he actually possess classified NASA documents and state... Read more » Read more »

How Long Can You Touch A Car?

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What if we told you the last one to stop touching the car gets to keep it? How long could/would you touch it, then? Yesterday in Shanghai, some 60 people began competing to win a new Volkswagen Polo by keeping their hands pressed to it. According to China Daily, contestants were allowed one 15-minute bathroom... Read more » Read more »

Chengguan: “Even If They Have Real Documents, It Doesn’t Mean They Were Processed Legally”

Papers mean nothing to chengguan and chai
Chengguan are not technically police officers, but out in the streets, their word is law. Today, we got a sobering reminder of that in Beijing. As reported by That’s Beijing, “around 30 to 50 chengguan, along with 20 xieguan officers (‘associate management,’ a force subordinate to chengguan – essentially, hired muscle) blocked off Xuezuo Hutong behind Zhangzizhonglu subway station, allowing... Read more » Read more »