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New Xinjiang Train Station Destroyed By Massive Blaze Just Before Official Opening

Posted: 08/22/2014 2:28 pm

xinjiang railway station fire kumulA train station in Xinjiang that cost RMB 160 million to build has caught on fire just weeks before it was to be finished. The main hall of the Kumul train station caught on fire at around 5:19pm on August 21, reports Sina News, sending plumes of smoke into the sky.

The fire was brought under control by firefighters by 6pm. No injuries were reported.

xinjiang railway station fire kumul

The fire was apparently an accident. Construction workers accidentally ignited a layer of insulation in the walls, which spread quickly. It grew to about 600 square meters in size. The cost of the fire has yet to be determined.

xinjiang railway station fire kumul

Built by the Chinese Railroad No. 12 Department, the Kumul Railway Station was to be the second-largest train station in Xinjiang. Set to be completed by the end of this month, the station was to become operational by the end of the year by providing passengers with high-speed rail service.

Construction on the Kumul Railway Station began in 2012 with the main structure completed in October 2013. The facility featured a total space of 99.97 million square meters and cost RMB 160 million.

The development of transportation infrastructure in Xinjiang is indicative of the area’s double-digit growth rate, but hasn’t alleviated the area’s growing ethnic tensions between Han Chinese and the Uighur minority. Transportation hubs such as train stations have been targeted in bomb and knife attacks that have killed dozens of people.

Reza Hasmath, an expert on Chinese politics at the University of Oxford, has said  “Infrastructure-based development has not been successful in improving meaningful interactions between Hans and Uighurs.”

Here is a video of the fire:

Photos: People’s Daily


Fury In Hong Kong After MTR Train Runs Over Dog As People Tried to Save It

Posted: 08/21/2014 7:22 pm

hong kong dog killed MTR subwayHong Kong residents are outraged at local subway operator MTR, which is being blamed for a number of missteps that culminated in the death of a stray dog after being hit by a train.

The stray dog died when it was hit by the T801 train from Guangzhou at Sheung Shui Station at 10:30am on August 21.

The dog was first spotted around 9:50 in the morning by a commuter, after which train service was halted for six minutes while station personnel tried unsuccessfully to remove the dog from the tracks. The attempts included lowering a chair onto the tracks for the dog to hop onto. Unfortunately, the dog wasn’t rescued in time. After failing to get him off the tracks, train service resumed and the dog was killed a short time later.

In a statement on its Facebook page, the MTR said that it has an official procedure for dealing with this kind of situation:

There are clear guidelines for handling any reported track or unauthorized station entry by animals. In such circumstances, MTR staff will do their best to safely remove the animals while also ensuring the safety of passengers and their own safety at all times.

The incident has sparked a wave of anger among Hong Kong residents, some of whom have interpreted pictures of the stray dog on its hind legs as signalling its intention to climb up out of the tracks.

An online petition has been created, calling for a formal response from the MTR. So far 64,687 people have signed it (English version).

A memorial for the slain dog was held, while another commemoration service and a protest at MTR headquarters is planned.

hong kong dog killed MTR subway

Furthermore, animal rights group the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has announced its intention to meet with senior staff at the MTR Corporation. MIchael Wong of the SPCA refuted the MTR’s claims that it has an official procedure for dealing with stray animals.

The story of a stray animal wandering onto subway tracks has recalled a case from last year in which the New York City subway system was halted for two hours due to two kittens that were in danger of being struck by moving trains.

The cats were eventually rescued by a police officer.

hong kong dog killed MTR subway

Photos: Facebook, Yahoo


Jet Aimlessly Circles Chinese Airport Because Air Traffic Controllers Fell Asleep

Posted: 08/20/2014 1:50 pm

china easternA passenger airliner attempting to land at Wuhan airport was left circling above the airport for 12 minutes because two air traffic controllers had fallen asleep.

China Eastern Airlines flight MU2528 was arriving in Wuhan from Sanya in the early morning of July 8. However, pilots aboard the Boeing 737 were forced to delay landing when it failed to receive permission from ground control. In fact, it received no contact at all.

Fortunately the controllers eventually emerged from their slumber, allowing the airliner to land safely.

A report released by the civil aviation bureau disclosed details of the incident, reports Caijing. It was released on Tuesday, and is dated July 29. It says this about the delayed landing:

…multiple attempts to contact the air traffic tower were not answered by anyone during (the plane’s) approach (to the airport) because air traffic controllers on duty had fallen asleep, and so (pilots) were not able to establish communication. Afterwards, (upon making contact with the pilots), air traffic controllers directed the plane to come around in another circuit (to make another approach).

A transcript of the radio communications showed the pilots tried several times to reach air traffic control but failed. That’s when they decided to circle the airport until contact was re-established.

Photo: China Eastern 


Watch: Foreigner Faints on Shanghai Metro, Other Passengers Run Away

Posted: 08/20/2014 11:46 am

foreigner faints on shanghai metro subway unconscious run away no help supportTen seconds is apparently all it takes to empty a subway car full of passengers.

That’s what happened on August 9 at 9:34pm when an unidentified foreigner entered a subway car on Line 2 of the Shanghai Metro at Jinke Station. After taking a seat, the man was seen shifting towards his right, his head nearly touching the shoulder of the middle-aged woman sitting next to him.

Soon after, the man suddenly fell on the floor and appeared to have lost consciousness, reports iFeng.

foreigner faints on shanghai metro subway unconscious run away no help support

foreigner faints on shanghai metro

The first reaction from the five passengers sitting across from the foreigner was to run away. As seen in a surveillance video on board the subway (below), all passengers rushed out of the car within ten seconds of the man falling to the ground.

News of “an incident” spread to adjoining trains, and caused a panic among the passengers. At the next station, subway commuters started spilling out of the train. In the ensuing stampede, a middle-aged man fell down and a woman slammed into a partition.

foreigner faints on shanghai metro

Throughout the entire time, no passengers were seen providing any assistance to the passed-out foreigner.

Metro staff boarded the train at the next stop to provide assistance, but by then the foreigner had regained consciousness. He stood up on his own and exited the train.

The man’s condition, like his identity, is unknown.

Here is the surveillance video from the incident:

Photos: iFeng, Beijing Youth Daily


Guangzhou to Nanchang High-Speed Rail to Take Just 5 Hours

Posted: 08/13/2014 6:06 pm

high speed rail trainShenzhen passengers will be able to take a direct train to Nanchang in only five hours before the end of this year, reports SZ News.

Once finished, a trip from Guangzhou to Guiyang will be shortened from 22 hours to four, while a trip from Guangzhou to Nanning will be shortened from 14 hours to three.

The line also means other speedier connections. Once the high-speed railway network is complete, a trip from Shenzhen to Guiyang will take just five hours, while a trip from Shenzhen to Nanning will take just four hours.

Photo: QQ News


Travel From Guangzhou to Macau By Helicopter In Only 45 Minutes

Posted: 08/11/2014 4:48 pm

helicopters baiyun airport There are already a number of ways for people to navigate between cities in the Pearl River Delta. But soon, there will be one more choice for those wanting to hit the baccarat tables in Macau: a Guangzhou-Macau helicopter service.

The new service is expected to begin at the end of September, reports iFeng, connecting Guangzhou Baiyun Airport with the Macau International Airport. The whole journey is only 45 minutes.

As the helicopter will fly at a height of only 300 meters or lower, sight-seeing will be spectacular (provided there isn’t much pollution). Passengers will see great views of Baiyun Mountain, the Pearl River, the the coast down to Zhuhai.

The chartered flights are to be operated by Nanfang Airlines Corporation using helicopters from the Pearl River Helicopter Company. Future planned routes include flights to Hong Kong, Shunde, Dongguan, and Yangjiang.

The cost of ticket has yet to be determined.

Photo: cnr


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


Jerk Shenzhen Drivers Forced To Stare Into Own High Beams for 5 Minutes

Posted: 08/5/2014 6:39 pm

shenzhen high beam drivers punishedThe Shenzhen Police are taking the old proverb “an eye for an eye” quite seriously.

The police want to stop drivers from blasting their high-beams at oncoming traffic, and they think they’ve found a novel way to do it: by forcing offenders to stare at the same bright lights for five minutes.

shenzhen high beam drivers punished

The police explained the rationale behind the punishment in a Weibo post:

shenzhen high beam drivers punished

Two looks, two considerations, one penalty
Do you use high beams improperly? The Shenzhen Traffic Police will deal with it like this. 1. Two looks: to make the violator personally experience what high beams look like on his car or on another car and feel the pain involved. 2. Two considerations: police ask drivers, why do you put on your high beams? How do you use them properly? These answers are explained to them. 3. Punishment: RMB 300, 1 demerit point. Last night, the Shenzhen Traffic Police caught 61 drivers using their high beams improperly, and taught all of these violators a lesson by experiencing it themselves

shenzhen high beam drivers punished

While some many call this technique heavy-handed, netizens on  Weibo have no complaints. In fact, most people are wholly enthusiastic about the punishment:

The punishment is too light!

Hope you can thoroughly implement this; it’s very annoying!

Very good. Those drivers who always turn on the high-beams are the worst. If your eyesight is poor, then don’t drive a car.

This is to the satisfaction of everyone! Support this all the way!

How do you properly use high-beams?

shenzhen high beam drivers punishedshenzhen high beam drivers punishedPhotos: Sina, Foshan Daily, Shenzhen Traffic Police


Red Alert Issued for Severe Flight Delays in China Today, See Which Airports Affected

Posted: 07/29/2014 10:40 am

flight delays airlineSeveral airports located in eastern China will have their service severely reduced or outright cancelled later this afternoon, reports MSN.

The National Aviation Management Department sent out an aviation delay red alert last night that spoke of “exceptionally busy airspace” above Shanghai during the afternoon of July 29. For this reason, Shanghai Hongqiao and Pudong airports will both have their service decreased by 75% along with the airport in Zhenzhou.

As well, the following airports will not be able to accept any arriving flights at all: the Jiangsu provincial cities of Xuzhou, Lianyungang, Zhun’an, Yancheng, Changzhou, Yangzhou, and Nantong, as well as the city of Linyi in Shandong Province.

Furthermore, there will be no departures from these airports: the Jiangxi provincial cities of Nanchang, Ganzhou, Jinggangshan, Jiujiang, Yichun, and Jingdezhen; the Zhejiang provincial cities of Luqiao and Wenzhou; and also Wuyishan in Fujian Province.

The delays are blamed on local weather conditions that include rain and thunder, however many suspect they are a result of military exercises. Tempers have already flared as fights have broken out at Shenzhen Airport due to delays.

Photo: MSN


New Ferry Links Shenzhen Airport with Sheung Wan in Hong Kong

Posted: 07/25/2014 12:48 pm

shenzhen to hong kong airportThere is now a ferry that can take you from Shenzhen Airport Pier to Sheung Wan in Hong Kong in just 45 minutes, reports Sina Guangdong.

Officially opened on July 19, the ferry will offer departures from Shenzhen Airport to the Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal from 9:30 am to 5 pm, and departures from Hong Kong to Shenzhen from 8 am to 3:30 pm.

The ferry will only make two trips per day on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.

A free shuttle bus from the airport to the pier takes about 15 minutes. The ferry company says it will take just over an hour to go from Shenzhen Airport to downtown Hong Kong.

Photos: Shenzhen Evening Report

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