Fists Fly At Stone Forest In Kunming

Stone Forest Park fight in Kunming
At the start of this video, the man behind the camera says, "Just like Chinese people, to fight over pictures." But just over pictures? Or is this an expression of a deeper discontent, a deformity of neither behavior nor genetics but something more fundamental and universal?

Tourpocalypse? Tourpocalypse

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We're going to borrow Alia of Offbeat China's word for the crowds during National Day holiday -- "tourpocalypse" -- because these pictures make us judder, indeed as if the ground will swallow us, no longer able to hold the weight of all this humanity.

Liquified Gas Tanker Explosion Leaves Death And Destruction In Its Wake

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We've seen plenty of truck explosions in our time, as recently as last Wednesday. When they involve tankers of the LPG variety, bad results usually ensue. Take note: the accident in August that killed 36 in Shanxi; an oil tanker crash in June that left a city in smoke; a fiery death at the rear of a liquid petroleum truck; and so on. All told, the lesson is pretty clear: tankers explode, and explosions kill.

Here Are Clips Of Traffic Jams Set To Appropriately Foreboding Music

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This is the music they play in movies when a hero is about to die. It's dramatic, it builds upon its own tension, it tells a story of sorrow, sacrifice, and honor, or fulfillment, or redemption. (In fact, I'm pretty sure it comes from a movie, but I couldn't tell you which one.) And it's incredibly overwrought, never quite right for our world but fine for an alternate reality made in a studio.

Need Golden Week Tourism Advice? Avoid The Great Wall At All Costs

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If you ever want to understand what it means to live in China -- "real China," as some are fond of saying -- head out to one of the popular tourist sites this week. It doesn't matter which -- may as well be the Great Wall, shown above, or Xiangshan, or Jiuzhaigou, whatever. Advance warning: you'll need to prepare heavy doses of perspective and patience, and master a few advanced breathing techniques, because what you'll deal with will shock and anger you, and seriously test your resolve to be a compassionate, courteous human being.

Fiery Bus Crash Outside Beijing Kills 5 Germans, 1 Chinese

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A passenger coach erupted into flames earlier today on an expressway between Tianjin and Beijing, possibly the same stretch of road in which we saw a 31-vehicle pileup just a few days ago. Reports are that 5 German passengers and 1 Chinese have died, and another 14 were injured. Nothing else is known at this time.

Traffic Hell Week Yields 31-Vehicle Pileup On Tianjin-Beijing Highway

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Let it be known: fog is dangerous. Yesterday morning, due to "low visibility" on the Tianjin-Beijing Highway, 31 vehicles collided one after another. Three died and many more were injured. The traffic cop in the linked video warns drivers that 150 meters should be maintained between your car and the one ahead of you. How he kept a straight face, we have no idea. Traffic laws are expected to be obeyed in this country? Huh.