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Guangzhou Escalator Suddenly Speeds Up Creating a Pile of Hurt Bodies

Posted: 08/27/2014 3:44 pm

guangzhou train station escalator malfunctionEleven people were sent to hospital yesterday when an escalator at the Guangzhou East Railway Station malfunctioned, causing a pile-up of 20 people, reports Southern Metropolis Guangzhou.

The escalator in the No. 6 underpass to the train station unexpectedly accelerated during a early morning rush of passengers at around 6am on August 26.

Some people were able to quickly run away from the escalator to try and make their trains, but those who couldn’t escape suffered some painful injuries.  gz train station escalator malfunction 01

Eleven victims were sent to hospital and all are said to be in stable condition. The majority of the victims had skin abrasions and lacerations, and were discharged shortly afterwards.

Emergency Room Director Zeng Yuhui said that two patients had more serious injuries and were required to be admitted overnight. Both are children: one has broken bones while the other requires stitches for deep cuts.

Mr Huang was at the scene:

We were on the escalator when it suddenly sped up. I hadn’t even reacted when I got crushed inside a mass of people. One of the children that fell down had her face cut by a luggage case, and my niece suffered serious injuries when she had her ear torn away.

The escalator involved in incident has been shut down. The railway station says it will look into what happened.

guangzhou train station escalator malfunction

Photos: Southern Metropolis Guangzhou, Money 163


Random Knife Attack In Downtown Guangzhou Sends Eight People to Hospital

Posted: 08/22/2014 12:13 pm

tianhe district guangzhou knife attackA knife attack in Guangzhou on Thursday evening sent as many as eight people to hospital, reports Reuters.

A man attacked several people on the street with a knife before being subdued by police shortly after 7pm near Kemulang West Road in Tianhe District at the intersection of Lanyuan Street and Lanyuan New Street.

Reports listing the number of injured victims have varied, with reporting six injured, Reuters reporting seven and iFeng reporting eight.

The injured were sent to Guangzhou Armed Police Hospital for medical treatment. None of their injuries are said to be life-threatening. The ages of the victims range from 19 to 55. The majority of the injuries were either head or hand injuries.

tianhe district guangzhou knife attack

The suspect is said to be a 32 year-old man from Hunan named Fan. Victims say he began slashing people without saying anything or without any expression on his face. A motive isn’t known yet. Fan is in hospital now with injuries to his head.

Although the investigation by police is still in progress, it has been revealed to the media that a history of mental illness or inebriation may have been a factor.

tianhe district guangzhou knife attack


Photos: hc360


Dengue Fever Spreading Fast in Guangzhou: Here Are The Top Infected Areas

Posted: 08/18/2014 5:55 pm

mosquito biteGuangzhou is dealing with an outbreak of dengue fever that has currently infected 400 people since the first case in June, reports Sina News. Yuexiu District accounts for over half of all cases, but it has spread throughout the city. Dongshan Street in Yuexiu is the hardest hit, followed by Baiyun District and Dagang County in Nansha. The infection area has widened from 33 streets on August 3 to 52 streets last week.

There have been no reported fatalities so far.

Dengue fever, also known as breakbone fever, is spread by mosquitoes. Symptoms of the disease include fever, headache, muscle and joint pains, and a skin rash similar in appearance to measles. While rare, the disease can become fatal in cases when it escalates to become dengue hemorrhagic fever, or dengue shock syndrome.

Huang Fuchu, director of the Yuexiu District health bureau, said, “According to the situation of the past few years, the epidemic this year has just commenced. The peak will come in the future. Therefore, it might prove more difficult to control the disease than we imagined.”

The Health and Family Planning Commission of Guangdong Province identified the origin of the outbreak to be Dagang, Nansha where 41 cases had been recorded as of July 11. The health bureau says there are 250 confirmed cases, 129 suspected cases, and 21 imported cases in Guangzhou as of August 13.

A breakdown by area shows Yuexiu District has 191 cases, Nansha with 97, Baiyun with 48, Haizhu with 33, Liwan with 18 cases, and Panyu with six.

Several local activities designed to educate the public about the dangers of dengue fever have been encouraging residents to guard themselves against mosquito bites as well as to get rid of stagnant pools of water.

Photo: Nature World News



1cm-Long Pig’s Tooth Ends Up in Guangzhou Woman’s Lunch

Posted: 08/15/2014 9:07 am

The pig tooth found in A Ming’s lunch take-out (right)

In addition to the long list of hair, bugs, flies and even condoms found in meals while splurging on street food, a pig tooth is the latest free addition that came with a cheap lunch take-out.

A woman in Guangzhou found the chomper in her lunch from a local restaurant, reported Guangzhou Daily on August 14.

The woman, named Ah Ming, ordered take-out for pork ribs and egg-wrapped rice from a nearby diner in Zhujiang New City. After just a few bites, Ah Ming felt a twinge in her mouth, and spitted out a suspicious “hard material” only to find it was an intact gross-looking tooth.

Several of Ah Ming’s lunch pals vomited at the sight of this 1cm-long tooth that they suspected to be human. Ah Ming sent the tooth to a nearby dental clinic and found that it was a in fact a pig’s tooth.

The owner of the diner explained that the tooth might have accidently dropped into the dish while chopping the meat. Nonetheless, they refunded Ah Ming’s cost for lunch.

Photos: Guangzhou Daily


Netizens Blast Guangzhou Miss Asia Contestants in Ugly Online Comments

Posted: 08/8/2014 5:00 pm

miss asia guangzhou preliminary swimsuit beauty pageant bikini model

When women enter beauty pageants, they are essentially putting their bodies out there for judges to render their verdict. But some might not be aware the judging doesn’t stop at the official judges table.

Netizens have ganged up on contestants for the Miss Asia pageant in Guangzhou, with many ugly comments circulating online. So many people have taken part in the bashing that it’s become a trending topic on Sina Weibo.

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Here are some of the comments about the photographs (placed here in no particular order unless a contestant’s number is specifically mentioned):

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Each one is scary. [sweat.emo]

Unemployed workers in Dongguan changing careers and looking to become the new Miss Asia?

miss asia guangzhou preliminary swimsuit beauty pageant bikini model

miss asia guangzhou preliminary swimsuit beauty pageant bikini model

Is it just me who lingered on #2 for a while, and then quickly browsed through the rest?

Contestant #2 is alright.miss asia guangzhou preliminary swimsuit beauty pageant bikini model

(Allow me to bring up the) crackdown on Dongguan. So, what do you guys want to do: still want to continue looking, or not?

These are all without make-up, right? Sooo beautiful. [cool.emo]miss asia guangzhou preliminary swimsuit beauty pageant bikini model

Husband, based upon the the quality seen here, you’re able to marry a champion and bring her back home.

Who was it that tricked me by saying beauty pageant contestants all have hot figures?

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I couldn’t help myself from clicking on the picture, and now I strongly suggest other users to never ever do the same. [sick.emo]

Who was it that said that Chinese men aren’t good looking?miss asia guangzhou preliminary swimsuit beauty pageant bikini model

Guangzhou has lots of beautiful girls, its just that none of them are interested in participating in a beauty pageant.

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This is the last stop for my cheap hand. (Meaning that since the hand is cheap, it has clicked on something a non-cheap hand wouldn’t have.)

All I can say is that they are very ugly.miss asia guangzhou preliminary swimsuit beauty pageant bikini model

Would a true beauty have to lower herself to participate in something like this?

miss asia guangzhou preliminary swimsuit beauty pageant bikini model

They look like men.

They’re fat. It’s clear that they aren’t in the habit of exercising.miss asia guangzhou preliminary swimsuit beauty pageant bikini model


They’re ladyboys.

And so, it seems like the most empowering thing about putting on a swimsuit and having your picture published online in China is to become a subject for complaints.

Here are more photos:miss asia guangzhou preliminary swimsuit beauty pageant bikini modelmiss asia guangzhou preliminary swimsuit beauty pageant bikini modelmiss asia guangzhou preliminary swimsuit beauty pageant bikini modelmiss asia guangzhou preliminary swimsuit beauty pageant bikini modelmiss asia guangzhou preliminary swimsuit beauty pageant bikini model

Photos: Weibo (2, 3)


Guangzhou to Open New Metro Connection to High-Speed Rail Line

Posted: 08/8/2014 11:30 am

qingsheng station guangzhou metroBy late next year, you’ll be able to take Guangzhou’s Metro Line 4 to hop on the high-speed rail.

After the transportation lines are connected and Qingsheng Station is finished, a trip on Guangzhou’s Metro Line 4 from University Town to the high-speed rail will take only half an hour, reports Guangzhou Daily.

Qingsheng Station on Line 4 is currently Guangzhou’s first operational metro station to undergo the necessary modifications, and is expected to be fully operational by December 2015. The station will be the second high-speed rail interchange, after Guangzhou South Railway Station.

The fare from Qingsheng Station to Shenzhen will be RMB 49.5, and the trip is expected to take only 28 minutes under optimal conditions.

There are currently 13 high-speed trains traveling between Guangzhou South Railway station and Shenzhen. The plans for an inter-provincial high-speed rail connecting Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong were recently delayed.


Photo: gzmtr


100 Magicians Descend on Guangzhou for Magic Festival

Posted: 08/8/2014 9:47 am

GZ magic festival The Second Annual Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau-Taiwan Magic Festival of 2014 will be taking place at the end of the month in Guangzhou. From August 30 to September 3, over 100 magicians will be performing at the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in the city.

As part of the festival, there will be magic competitions, magic salons, a magic prop exhibition, an awards ceremony and just about every kind of magic-affiliated activity that would draw the curiosity of your average magic aficionado.

Tickets start at RMB 80 and up, and knowing this is a magic festival, are liable to… vanish!GZ magic festival

Photo: Guangzhou Propagation


The Forgotten Story of…The Massacre Of Foreigners In 9th Century Guangzhou

Posted: 08/6/2014 11:00 am

Ask a Chinese person what they consider to be the greatest period in their country’s history, and there is a very good chance they will say The Tang Dynasty (618-907). So exalted is this dynasty that “唐人街” (lit. Tang People’s Street) has long been a synonym for a Chinatown. There are many reasons for this adulation.

A depiction of Empress Wu Zetian, via Google Images

The introduction of The Imperial Examination during the preceding Sui Dynasty (581-618 AD) saw an educated class of officials oversee a relatively enlightened Confucian system of government. Intelligent military policies meant that the Tang was respected and feared throughout the region. It is also considered the greatest period for Chinese poetry with Li Bai, Du Fu and Wang Wei all living at this time. It was even one of the better periods in which to be a woman, or at least an urban woman, the most famous example being Wu Zetian who rose from concubine to empress.

Despite international trade that saw an increased population of settlers from overseas, other facts show that this period was not as civilized and rational as some would like to believe. The Tang was severely weakened by the An Lushan Rebellion (755-763) which by some measures is the bloodiest war of all time considering the percentage of the human population that perished.

The Tang later fell in the aftermath of the unsuccessful Huang Chao Rebellion (874-884). During this rebellion, the forces of rebel leader Huang Chao attacked Guangzhou and massacred the foreign settlers, with some estimates putting the death toll as high as 200,000. The story of how the foreign community became so large and why these foreigners were so resented goes back to the early Tang.

Foreigners during the Tang Dynasty

Guangzhou’s Huaisheng Mosque is said in an old Chinese manuscript to have been built in 627 AD. This would make it one of the oldest mosques in the world, though it is questionable as to whether Muhammad’s maternal uncle Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqas – who is alleged to have built it – ever visited China.

The Huaisheng Mosque, via Google Images

The mosque may not be as old as the manuscript suggests, but scholars are satisfied that it was functional by the beginning of the Song Dynasty (960-1279) at the latest and was rebuilt in 1350 and again in 1695 after being destroyed by fires.

Like the other earliest mosques in China, it was built for the growing number of Arab and Persian settlers. By the time of the Tang Dynasty, Guangzhou was a major port with a direct route connecting it to the Middle East. A Chinese prisoner, who was captured in the Battle of Talas and held in Iraq for twelve years, is said to have returned to China by ship on a direct route to Guangzhou. Due to thriving trade, Guangzhou is estimated to have had a population of 100,000 foreigners by the beginning of the 9th century.

The majority of these foreigners were Persians and Arabs who came to trade. In spite of the mosques being constructed at the time, there is little sign that the earliest settlers were interested in evangelizing. Islam played no part in the Great Anti-Buddhist Persecution which reached its height in 845 and was not considered important enough to be mentioned in the edict.

Accounts from the periods of both the An Lushan Rebellion and the Huang Chao rebellion suggest that, being there solely to trade, these foreigners tended to do well for themselves. And as Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker points out in his 2011 doorstopper “The Better Angels of Our Nature,” when a minority group is doing noticeably well economically such as Chinese in Indonesia or Jews in the United States, this can lead to resentment.

This resentment would not have been decreased by an incident which took place in Guangzhou at the height of the An Lushan Rebellion in 758. Arab and Persian pirates who had probably based themselves on Hainan Island raided and pillaged Guangzhou, looting warehouses and causing unwanted headaches for the new Tang crown prince Li Yun. As a sign of things to come, the wealthy Arab and Persian population of Yangzhou was massacred in 760 by the rebel forces of Tian Shengong.

The Guangzhou Massacre

By the second half of the 9th century the Tang, though still one of the world’s most powerful empires, was manifestly in decline. The neglectful and decadent regime of Emperor Yizong (860-874) and his son Xizong inspired a rebellion led by Wang Xianzhi. One person who would follow Wang and ultimately break away to start a much more widespread rebellion was salt privateer Huang Chao, who became a rebel after failing the Imperial Examination three times.

A depiction of Huang Chao, via Baidu Images

In 878, after Wang Xianzhi had died, Huang Chao continued to spread the rebellion which he was now the sole leader of, despite setbacks such as a defeat to the forces of Gao Pian in Jiangsu. Huang Chao subsequently turned south.

Ahead of what would become The Guangzhou Massacre of foreigners, Huang Chao offered to submit to Tang imperial authority if he were made the military governor of Tianping. Instead, he received the “insulting” offer of Imperial Guard General which sparked the attack on Guangzhou in fall 879.

Huang Chao’s rebels slaughtered Jews, Arabs, Persians, and Christians, according to Arab writer Abu Zayd Hasan As-Sirafi. The main motivation behind the massacre, as is asserted in A History of Chinese Civilization by Jacques Gernet, was resentment at the foreigners’ wealth. Abu Zayd Hasan As-Sirafi estimated the death toll to be 120,000 while another author named Mes’udi put it at 200,000.

William J. Bernstein, author of A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World, claimed that not content to massacre traders, Huang Chao also tried to kill the Tang’s main export industry by destroying the mulberry groves of south China.

The time they spent in the south saw Huang Chao’s army severely depleted by illness and their rebellion would ultimately fail. The Tang however wouldn’t last for much longer, giving way to the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms Period in 907.

The greatest period of China’s history?

Philip Pan’s “Out of Mao’s Shadow” begins by conceding that, for all of the current regime’s faults, China is by most measures going through the best period in its 5000-year history. It is highly unlikely that there is anything going on culturally nowadays that will be as respected as, say, Tang Dynasty poetry or The Four Great Novels in centuries to come, but the low infant mortality and high life expectancy make it worth it.

Maybe the cultural riches of The Tang Dynasty were a direct result of the horrors of the period. Maybe Orson Welles was on to something when he said: “In Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed – that produced Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love and five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock!”


Hotels And Universities In List Of Guangzhou’s Unsafe Public Pools

Posted: 08/5/2014 2:36 pm

swimming poolSome folks like to ease their way into a pool bit by bit, but you may not even want to dip your toe in when you hear this news: over 30% of Guangzhou’s public pools do not meet public safety criteria.

The Guangzhou Department of Health posted its results after testing city pools in May and June. Of the 366 pools tested, 254 passed regulations and have good water quality. However, 112 pools, or 30.6% of the total, do not comply with city regulations, reports Guangzhou Live. The report, unfortunately, does not name all of the unsafe pools, but it does mention a couple of them.

There are seven Guangzhou universities that have public pools with unsafe water quality: Huanan Normal University, Guangzhou University, Huanan Engineering University, Guangzhou Art College, Guangdong Engineering College, Guangzhou Chinese Medical University, and Sun Yat-Sen University. Furthermore, all of these pools save for the first two (Huanan Normal University and Guangzhou University) have been on the city’s blacklist for years.

Guangzhou hotels with unsafe pools include Guangzhou Haili Garden Hotel, Guangzhou Ramada Pearl Hotel, Guangdong Xingang Pearl Hotel, Guangzhou Chateau Star River Hotel, and Guangdong Victor Hotel.

As well, Guangzhou public school pools with dangerous water include Haizhu District Nanwu Experimental School, No. 6 Middle Dchool, Huangpu District No. 86 Middle School, and Nansha No. 1 Middle School.

The top three contaminants are urine, bacteria, and chlorine particles.

Photo: Guangzhou Live


“Too Fat To Breathe”, Obese Guangzhou Man Ends Up In Hospital [UPDATED]

Posted: 08/1/2014 3:58 pm

guangzhou obesity health danger breathingA Guangzhou man is lucky to be alive after experiencing breathing problems that hospital doctors attribute to the man’s obesity, reports Guangzhou Daily.

Three years ago, 31 year-old Guangzhou resident Ah Hua (a pseudonym) was considered normal, standing at 170 centimeters tall and weighing 120 kg. However, due to overeating, late hours as a hotel manager, and not having regular times of work and rest, Ah Hua’s weight steadily increased until he was 180 kg.

Recently, Ah Hua checked himself into a hospital when he wasn’t feeling well. His condition deteriorated badly on the second day he was there. Zhao Ziwen, Head Doctor of the General Medicine Lung Unit of the No. 1 People’s Hospital, said Ah Hua suddenly lost the ability to breathe on his own at 6am on the second day of his hospital stay.

Dr Zhao says due to his weight, Ah Hua suffered tremendous pressure on his windpipe that impacted his ability to breathe. As well, Ah Hua’s heart functions were also compromised, and he suffered from poor blood circulation, making him susceptible to edema.

Ah Hua’s treatment at the hospital proved to be challenging because of his excess weight. Ah Hua required the use of eight people to move him around, and destroyed two hospital beds that collapsed under his significant girth.

The good news? Ah Hua managed to get better in the hospital, and he was released yesterday.

UPDATE 10:44am August 2: The wrong weight was used for this story, and has since been fixed.

Photo: Guangzhou Daily

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