A man from Bayan, Heilongjiang province attacked random drivers and passengers with a knife near Guangqumen Bridge in Beijing on Saturday afternoon, killing two and injuring another.
Police say Li Jinghui, 36, "took the drastic actions because he had trouble in his relationship," according to Xinhua.
Li ducked into a car and was dragged out both citizens and police. During the ensuing scuffle, which you can watch above, Li suffered fatal wounds. "Police eventually took control of the situation but Li later died in hospital from his injuries," writes Xinhua. Read more »
It’s basically been accepted, since this Economist cover story, that Chinese president Xi Jinping got the idea for his “Chinese Dream” from a Thomas Friedman New York Times column. But where did Tom Friedman get the idea? Isaac Stone Fish of Foreign Policy decided to find out. Read more »
What is a public space? Who belongs? And what are the things that one can do in this place?
In this video, a middle-aged woman, on an elevator in Shenzhen's Subway Line 3, suddenly feels the call of nature, so she drops trou and takes a dump.
Her companion, a middle-aged male, stands beside her and holds a button to keep the elevator doors closed. Neither clean up the mess, because, you know, who cleans up their own poop, right? Read more »
An ancient clock was damaged when a vandal smashed a glass inside a Forbidden City pavilion on Saturday. The window was repaired and the pavilion was reopened the next day, and the damage seems minor.
The man, 22-year-old Wang something, reportedly yelled while being arrested, "If I didn't smash the glass, the glass would've smashed me!"
Authorities are now considering upgrading the windows on all the Forbidden City's exhibits to keep out the crazies. Read more »
At least two are dead after an accident at a subway construction site in Xi'an, Shaanxi province this morning. At around 2:40 am, a tunnel caved in as nine workers were in the midst of building Line 3. Four have been rescued, but of the five that were buried, two have been found dead while the other three are still missing. (Note: the title of the above video claims three died on the scene.) Read more »
A cheeky someone over at JeopardyLabs, where quiz fans can create their own Jeopardy! game (not to be confused with J-Archive, which has every Jeopardy! question ever), has created a game for China watchers who love talking about pollution. It’s mostly lame, with several true/false and fill-in-the-blank questions that don’t require the answer in the form of... Read more »Read more »
BJC contributor Chris Clayman attended the Dali Erhai World Music Festival in Yunnan province from April 29 – May 1. His dispatch follows. A Cop with a Weird Haircut We’re standing near the fortune teller when Lin Dan shows us something. “I’m a cop,” he says. He pulls out his wallet and holds it close to... Read more »Read more »
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 »
“Poorly parked BMW in Beijing spray-painted with insults,” via SCMP So many good stories, so little time. Luckily, this links post. Hopefully we’ll see some of you at the That’s Beijing party happening now at the Hilton. Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
China is mixing deadly H5N1 bird flu viruses with H1N1 swine flu viruses. You heard that right. The virus can already be passed between guinea pigs, which are used in these experiments as some sort of guinea pigs. They are making pigs and birds science-bone each other until they come up with some sort of superbug.... Read more »Read more »
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 »
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 BoxOffice.com. “The official figure... Read more »Read more »
Brittney Griner, who recently closed out one of the most dominant college careers in women's basketball history, is coming to China.
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 »
Many fans of Chinese rock music have heard of the band Rustic, the members of which became stars on the scene only a few years ago when they unexpectedly won the Global Battle of the Bands competition in London. They play a catchy blend of cock rock and old-school punk, and their show antics make... Read more »Read more »