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Former Shenzhen Police Chief, Jailed for Bribery, Bribes Her Way Out

Posted: 12/16/2014 5:00 pm

This is an insane story.

An Huijun, image courtesy of Shenzhen Daily

The ex-police chief of Shenzhen’s Luohu District has been jailed again after being released for medical treatment seven years ago, Shenzhen Daily reported yesterday. An Huijun was initially jailed in 2005 for accepting bribes from subordinates. She also had sexual relationships with many young male officers.

An’s sister was prosecuted this October in Xingtai, Hebei Province for offering bribes to make false medical documents for An while she was in jail. An, former director of Luohu District Pubic Security Bureau, was sentenced to 15 years for taking bribes in June 2005. Yet in January 2007, she was released for medical treatment after her sister falsified medical documents calling for her release.

The paper has more:

An, a native of Hebei, was appointed chief of Luohu Public Security Bureau in 1997. She took bribes of 1.64 million yuan (US$269,000), HK$530,000 (US$87,000) and US$1,000 in exchange for giving out promotions, contracts for public projects and deals for procurement of official vehicles. All 15 people who bribed her were her subordinates at the bureau.

According to her sentencing, An should be in jail until October 2019, but she was released in January 2007 from a Hebei prison after no more than three years.

According to the newspaper report, quoting some people who were familiar with the case, An’s sister, An Huilian, falsified medical records and gave 200,000 yuan in bribes to prison staff at the Hebei prison to buy her out.

Xingtai prosecutors started investigating An Huilian in November last year and prosecuted her for giving bribes. Sun Hai, ex-director of the Hebei Prison Administration Bureau, was also probed for taking bribes.

According to related regulations, An still needs to serve more than 12 years before she completes her term.

The thin blue line, eh?

Haohao

Shenzhen Isn’t Lining Up to Become a World Class City

Posted: 11/22/2014 4:55 pm

Those who commute using the Shenzhen Metro have heard them so often that they could probably recite them all from memory: the succinct requests for orderliness. “Disembarking precedes embarking” and “please hold the handrail and stand on the right when using the escalator.” But how often do people actually follow these rules?

On a recent Friday afternoon between one and two o’clock (observations were purposely made during non-peak hours) at Grand Theatre station in Luohu District, approximately 80 percent of passengers boarding trains did not wait for disembarking passengers, instead surging ahead at the same time as passengers tried to exit the train. People bumped into each other, pushed and shoved and did whatever it took – but with people moving in both directions in a small space at the same time, it seems like there was no way to proceed that didn’t involve these types of behavior.

“People don’t want to wait for others. They just want to worry about themselves,” Lin said. “When the train comes they just go. They do not think about the message telling them to wait.”

This is common in Shenzhen and in many other parts of China, and not just on the metro. On buses, elevators, escalators and more, people often push and shove, board before people can exit, and generally cause a ruckus despite having ample time to proceed in an orderly fashion.

On that same Friday afternoon at around four o’clock at Happiness Mansion apartment complex in Luohu District, eight out of ten times an elevator arrived at the ground floor, people tried to enter before people had exited. Some who were having a hard time exiting the elevator even recited part of that familiar phrase from the Metro system: ‘前下’ or ‘disembarking comes first’.

On escalators the rule is observed somewhat more closely. On a Thursday afternoon at Jingtian station between noon and one o’clock, approximately 20 percent of people stood on the left even when there was ample space on the right.

When asked about this phenomenon, a station staff member surnamed Sun said people don’t pay attention to the rules during rush hour. He also said operators adjust the amount of time the doors stay open to accommodate for the amount of passengers using the train at any given time. “When there are more people trying to board the train, the doors stay open for longer,” Tan said.

In other words, there is no need to rush into the train because passengers are not in danger of being trapped in the door or left behind as long as they are in line by the time the train arrives and follow the proper procedures.

It is more difficult, however, for station managers to know whether a person inside a train who wants to get off is unable to reach the exit due to people entering first – hence the rule.

‘Let ‘em out!’

Some might assume this is just the way things work in large cities. However, according to people surveyed in New York City, London and Sydney, these rules are followed, and even enforced by the commuters themselves.

Lauren Kraft, an American who has been in Sydney for almost one year, said “almost everyone is awesome” at standing to the right on escalators and letting people moving quickly pass.

Maya Rudolph, who lives in Beijing but lived in New York City for six years, said people usually follow the rule ‘disembarking precedes embarking’, with people often heard yelling the catchphrase “Let ‘em out” when people don’t follow the rules. And although the NYC subway system doesn’t have a lot of escalators, “it’s generally understood that the right side is for standing and left is for passing,” she said.

Charlotte Linton, a longtime Shenzhen expatriate who lived in London for four years and grew up on its outskirts, said people follow the disembarking precedes embarking rule “pretty much always.” As far as the escalator rule, people “always” follow it because “many people in London are in a hurry and they will not take kindly to people blocking the left side of the escalators and slowing them down.” She could not recall a single situation in which people were trying to exit and enter a train simultaneously.

Shenzhen isn’t alone in regards to lack of respect for Metro etiquette; Moscow reportedly has some issues as well. People generally stand on the right and walk on the left of escalators, according to Kristina Bison, an American who lived in Moscow for several years. However, she said things can be a bit of a “free for all” when the doors open to the Metro there during rush hour.

During rush hour, “after a while you kind of forget all the manners and etiquette we were all taught as kids and you…push and shove until you get what you want,” she said. “If you don’t push and shove your way out when that happens, you will never be able to get off the train.”

With Metro workers lacking the authority to punish people for breaking the rules, the problem has become endemic.

“Sometimes people don’t listen to me. All we can do is advise them. We cannot stop them with force. People shouldn’t be in a rush to enter the subway. They should line up. A minority of people are not aware of this rule,” said Huang Zili, team leader of security guards at Grand Theatre Station.

As Shenzhen pushes to become an international city, its leaders might want to consider trying to enforce the small things that make for a more pleasant experience in the city.

Haohao

Shenzhen Supermarket Produce Covered in Unsafe Pesticides

Posted: 11/20/2014 12:11 pm

Shenzhen is no stranger to food scandals, and it appears another issue has cropped up that is giving buyers of fresh produce some concern.

A recent study by Ceda Farm Produce Test Center, which tests farm produce headed to Hong Kong, found that 11 percent of produce sampled from Shenzhen supermarkets and wet markets contained unsafe levels of pesticide residue.

The center conducted tests on 473 samples of meat and vegetables from 39 locations to obtain its results, which prompted lawmakers to call a hearing with representatives of the local food safety watchdog.

A local lawmaker named Huang Xiang said the government had previously been told that only 4 percent of the city’s produce had pesticide levels that were too high. He questioned why this discrepancy existed.

The representative from the city’s farm produce testing center, Wang Duojia, claimed that the test could have been skewed by a number of things. Lawmakers were not satisfied by this explanation and implored the city’s food safety watchdog to improve.

Haohao

[Photos] Astonishing Six Car Pile-Up In Shenzhen

Posted: 08/4/2014 4:53 pm

shenzhen six car pileup traffic accident A traffic collision of near-Blues Brotherian proportions happened today in Shenzhen, and here are the pictures to challenge you to figure it out.

The six car pile-up occurred at 1:50pm at Nigang West Road and City No.2 Hospital Road, according to the Shenzhen Traffic Police. Two people have already be taken to hospital for medical care.

A large truck at the rear of the pile-up is marked as belonging to the Shenzhen Benda Electric Cable Company. According to police at the scene, the truck driver said his vehicle lost control of its brakes.

At the very least, we hope Jake and Elwood are able to save the orphanage.

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Photos: Shenzhen Traffic Police (2), Weibo

Haohao

Massive Recruitment Drive Underway in China To Build Apple’s Next iPhone

Posted: 07/25/2014 9:16 am

Foxconn is planning to hire at least 100,000 workers at its manufacturing bases in Shenzhen, Henan and Hebei Provinces to produce the latest version of Apple’s iPhone. The iPhone 6 is expected to launch in the third quarter of this year, reported Tencent News.

Jiao Jinmiao, head of the Henan Commerce Department, confirmed that Foxconn, the largest contract manufacturer of Apple products in the world, plans to hire another 100,000 workers in that particular province alone after the new iPhone 6 production equipment is put in place.

Workers in Foxconn’s Shenzhen manufacturing plant lines up for hiring.

Foxconn’s manufacturing factory in Zhengzhou, Henan has been hiring every day since June 26. In addition to the massive recruitment in Henan, its manufacturing plants in Langfang, Hebei Province, Yantai, Shandong Province, and Shenzhen have all started hiring new personnel.

The new iPhone 6 is rumored to have two versions, namely a 4.7-inch version and a 5.5-inch version, with at least one model having a sapphire screen. According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Apple has ordered its manufacturing suppliers to produce 60 million to 70 million iPhone 6 units, the highest production volume of any iPhone model in the company’s history.

Foxconn has been producing iPhone 6 since March this year.

Due to the large orders of the new iPhones, workers in Foxconn’s Shenzhen manufacturing plant are requested to work day and night, according to one person who claimed to be in charge of hiring in Shenzhen when interviewed by Tencent.

Foxconn also rolled out several financial incentives to stimulate work production. Workers who chose to work overtime can get up to twice their salary. Any worker who brought in a new recruit who stays with the company for three months can also get a RMB 300 reward, according to the report.

Foxconn has previously experienced problems with its workforce. In 2012, the company was embroiled in a scandal when many of its workers committed suicide, leading to the installment of nets to catch them and the signing of a “no suicide” pact.

Related:

Photos: T3/Screenshot; Tencent 

Haohao

Nanfang TV: Pharrell Williams’ “Happy in Shenzhen”

Posted: 06/22/2014 2:58 pm

Someone has finally done it: our very own Happy video set right here in Shenzhen.

Youku user Lilyfang is apparently behind the video, which is the third (by our count) Happy video in China after Hong Kong and the pollution-filled Beijing video.

Check it out.

Haohao

PRD’s Contribution to the World Cup: Footballs and Condoms

Posted: 06/13/2014 7:14 pm

brazica ball football world cupTheChinese National Football Team can stop moping over its exclusion from the World Cup as the Pearl River Delta has found a way to represent China at the world’s biggest sporting event: by supplying the tournament’s official footballs and condoms.

While these two products have nothing in common, their production exhibits the Chinese pride that won’t be excluded, qualifying rounds be damned.

The “Samba Glory” from Shenzhen

The footballs used in the previous World Cup came under tremendous scrutiny for providing substandard performance. Called the Jabulani, the ball was criticized by Brazilian striker Luis Fabiano as being “supernatural” and for having unpredictable trajectories. This has led to a high-tech redesign of the official World Cup football—called the Brazucathat has involved NASA wind tunnels and aerodynamic experts.

However, this official football designed and licensed by Adidas has humble roots, hailing from an undisclosed plastics factory in the Gongming Tianliao Industrial Area on Shenzhen’s west side. In fact, there is so much secrecy at this factory that many of its own workers don’t even know that the official World Cup ball is produced here.

A worker named Ah Ju confirmed to a reporter with the Yangcheng Evening Report that the official World Cup ball is made in a second floor workshop near the main entrance by a small group of ten workers, mostly women. The workers are sworn to secrecy, and the workroom is a restricted area that is sometimes guarded by security.

world cup football factory

Even though the high-tech research and development that went into this football was very expensive, the production and labor costs at the “Asian X Plastic Company of Shenzhen” remain low. Workers that make the official World Cup football only earn a monthly wage of RMB 3,000 (US$483), and are expected to work regular overtime and half-days on Saturdays.

Called “Samba Glory” in Chinese, the ball retails for RMB 1,299 (US$209) in China, meaning that workers would only be able to afford to purchase two of the footballs they make every month. However, as Ah Ju points out, progress has been made.

As confirmed by a company representative, the same factory had the honor of making the official football for the last World Cup, which cost RMB 1,080 (US$174). As Ah Ju points out, however, the workers were only earning a monthly wage of RMB 2,000 (US$322) back then, meaning things have improved.

World Cup Condom Kings

world cup condomsMoving on from balls and getting to the meat of the matter, the Pearl River Delta’s other connection to the World Cup is a factory in Guangzhou that supplies another vital product, although one used when games aren’t underway: the condom.

A Guangzhou company named Double One (Shuangyi) has been approved by the Brazilian government to be its sole supplier of condoms, reports Southern Metropolis Daily.

Located in Shuangyi, Huadu District, Double One takes up a total space of 130,000 square meters.  The latex factory has eight production lines to meet demand and soon hopes to expand to ten. In fact, Double One has deep roots with the World Cup. Back when South Africa hosted the games in 2010, this same company supplied 35 million condoms.

China is one of the top condom producers in the world. China sold 10 billion condoms in 2012, 25% of all sales in the world at that time.

Brazilians apparently demand high quality condoms, as they were described by the Southern Metropolis Daily as being from an ”extremely sexually-open country”.

Rules for the world’s most popular pastime remain the same: one in the net will end the game.

Photos: Yangcheng Evening ReportSouthern Daily, Myactivesg

Haohao

Shenzhen Weekend: World Cup, Prom Party, Love Boat, Get Wet and More

Posted: 06/12/2014 4:10 pm

The World Cup kicks off this weekend and is taking over the city with promotions. But if football (soccer?) isn’t your thing, there’s still many other things going on.

Here’s what’s happening this weekend in Shenzhen:

June 12th – Thursday Frisbee Throwing Training by the SZUPA – The SZUPA is an organization with the goal of spreading the sport of Ultimate Frisbee to Shenzhen and China. Join them Thursdays if you’d like to learn the basics of throwing and catching a disc.

June 12th - World Cup KICKOFF @ O!Garden – Enjoy the beginning of the World Cup high above Coco Park at O! Garden.

June 12th - Raps Open Mic Night – One of the liveliest open mics in town that runs late into the night. Great for blowing off some steam.

June 12th – World Cup at the Warehouse on Shenzhen’s Largest Screen - Arguably the best, most authentic New York style pizza, discounted beer, and 300″ projection streaming of the World Cup. Seems like the best choice to me.

June 12th - World Cup Central at The Tavern Sports Bar & Grill – The Tavern in Shekou is introducing a loyalty program during the World Cup. Beautiful new bar in Shekou Seaworld with great food and drink.

June 13th – France Folk Singer Elsa Kopf 2014 China Tour @ B10 Live – This multi-lingual talent with a beautiful voice will be performing @ B10 live. Enjoy a large variety of music styles that combine, swing, bossa nova, and jazz rhythms.

June 13th - Muzik Garden: 80s PROM PARTY featuring YEYAN RADIOThis Friday is the prom! So get a date, dress to impress, and relive your high-school days. Mario Kart available to play and 10% of all proceeds go to charity.

June 14th - I’m On A Boat! Party! By love, Shenzhen! – Steam Punk themed Junk boat party shoving off at 7:30AM this Saturday. BYOB but food is included for the bargain of a price of only HK$350. GO GO GO!

June 14th – GET WET 2014 @ The Venice Hotel Shenzhen – The Venice hotel will be starting up their themed, DJ’d, pool parties starting this Saturday.

June 15th - Ultimate Frisbee in Futian –  The meet will take place on Sunday 2:00pm at Lianhua Middle School, and then food and drinks will be had at Frankies American Bar

If you attend any of these events, please email me at Jeff@thenanfang.com and we may include some of your reviews in a future post. Let’s keep your event organizers working to provide better and better events!

 

Haohao

Shenzhen Weekend: Drum N’ Bass, Ultimate Frisbee, Anniversary Party, and Open Mic

Posted: 06/5/2014 4:00 pm

Let’s hope the weather stays nice as it has been for the last few days. Not too humid, not too rainy.

Here’s what’s happening this weekend in Shenzhen:

June 5th – Thursday Frisbee Throwing Training by the SZUPA – The SZUPA is an organization with the goal of spreading the sport of ultimate frisbee to Shenzhen and China. Join them Thursdays if you’d like to learn the basics of throwing and catching a disc.

June 5th – Argentine Tango Party (Milonga in Sports Bar) – Spend the night dancing with girls eager to find a dance partner. Come with a partner or find one there. It’s time to tango!

June 5th – Raps Open Mic Night – One of the liveliest open mics in town that runs late into the night. Great for blowing off some steam.

June 6th – The Village Bar & Grill 4 Year Anniversary Party – The Village Bar & Grill will be offering great food deals and great live music to commemorate four years of being open. If you’re in the area, check it out.

June 6th - MUZIK BOX LAUNCH PARTY featuring MIZ KISHI (UK) – Friday night marks the beginning of Muzik BoX in Shenzhen. Lots of local DJs will be performing in the line up that includes Miz Kishi, an English DJ visiting from HK. Expect lots of Drum N Bass. And what’s the biggest selling point to me? Mario Kart and Street Fighter on the SNES. 10% of all proceeds go towards the Bonfire Heart Charity Bike Ride to India.

June 8th - Ultimate Frisbee in Futian –  The meet will take place on Sunday 2:00pm at Lianhua Middle School, and then food and drinks will be had at Frankies American Bar

If you attend any of these events, please email me at Jeff@thenanfang.com and we may include some of your reviews in a future post. Let’s keep your event organizers working to provide better and better events!

Editor’s Note: We’re looking for dining and nightlife writers in Guangzhou and Dongguan. If you’re interested, please get in touch with us at admin@thenanfang.com

Haohao

Shenzhen Weekend: Care for Kids Charity, Yeyan Radio Launch, Beach Festival, Reggae

Posted: 05/29/2014 1:29 pm

Both the beach and the city are full of fun activities this weekend! What a great way to end May! Here’s what’s happening:

May 29th – Care For Kids Charity Event at The Tavern Sports Bar & Grill – Support a great person doing something for a great cause. “Super” Dee Fuller will be doing a series of marathons in Australia for Children with Diabetes. Come tonight and help out if you can.

May 29th – Raps Open Mic Night – One of the liveliest open mics in town that runs late into the night. Great for blowing off some steam.

May 30th - Cocktail Francophone – Les Duos is organizing a cocktail party for the French visiting or living in Shenzhen. One of the best restaurants in Shenzhen. especially for French food.

May 30th - Reggae Night @ Village Bar & Grill – Yeah Mon Reggae Beats at The Village Bar N Grill.

May 30th - 12th Anniversary V Bar @ The Venice Hotel Shenzhen – Black and Gold “The Great Gatsby” themed party celebrating V Bar’s 12th birthday. Looks fun.

May 31st - Yeyan Radio 18 Hour Launch Party – Yeyan Radio will be launching in style with a giant music festival on May 31st. Lots of good bbq and an outdoor pool? Nice.

May 31st – Don’t Go Home From The Beach – Large Beach Party with a long list of mostly Shenzhen’s well known DJ’s. Even bringing people from Guangzhou down. Looks epic.

June 1st - Ultimate Frisbee in Futian –  The meet will take place on Sunday 2:00pm at Lianhua Middle School, and then food and drinks will be had at Frankies American Bar

If you attend any of these events, please email me at Jeff@thenanfang.com and we may include some of your reviews in a future post. Let’s keep your event organizers working to provide better and better events!

Editor’s Note: We’re looking for dining and nightlife writers in Guangzhou and Dongguan. If you’re interested, please get in touch with us at admin@thenanfang.com

Haohao
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