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Hundreds of Chinese Trapped as Myanmar Conflict Draws Near China’s Borders

Posted: 01/20/2015 8:29 am

kachinThe escalation of hostilities between the Myanmar government and rebel factions has resulted in hundreds of Chinese people being trapped in the country.

Chinese wood craftsmen, gold miners and jade merchants are now trapped in Myanmar and join approximately 2,000 refugees that have been displaced by the conflict between the local government and the Kachin Independence Army. Local aid workers say the refugees are in desperate need of food, clean water, and medicine.

Global Times reports Myanmar government forces are being sent to the area directly across from Lushui County in the Nujiang Lisu autonomous prefecture in northwest Yunnan where fighting with Kachin rebels is described to have “greatly troubled” villages on the Chinese side.

Even though the Myanmar government has been able to broker a ceasefire with many guerrilla factions, the Kachin have rejected all proposals.

In 2011, fighting between the two sides got as close as 65 kilometers to the Chinese border, causing 100,000 people to flee their homes. In 2012, the conflict caused Myanmar refugees to flee across the Chinese border, something the Chinese government tried to prevent.

Photo: Headline News


Angry At The Local Government, Buddhist Monastery in Yunnan Closes

Posted: 08/18/2014 9:15 am

Panlong Monastery, east of Tien Lake in Yunnan Province, shut its doors on August 15, 2014, defying the local government’s push for the Buddhist monastery to become more commercialized, reported local Chinese newspaper, Spring City Evening Post.

The monastery’s vocal protest is extraordinary, given that a number of monasteries have embraced the flashy lifestyle of the “Mundane World”.

Visitors to the monastery were met with a notice, reading, “Dear visitors and Buddhist followers, the local government’s plan to upgrade Panlong Monastery for commercial purposes and introduce a corporate management model has disrupted the normal orders in Panlong Monastery. Therefore, we decided to shut our doors for quiet meditation. Hope you can understand.”

The monastery did not indicate when it would reopen to the public.

The monastery’s protest came one day after local governments in Jingning and Jingcheng held a conference at the monastery, without any warning, on its “future development and regulation”.

One of the proposals involved refurbishing one of its buildings, which was ideal for viewing the scenic views of Tien Lake and Jingcheng city, fuelling speculation of a possible ticket price increase.

Ren Qing, a monk who has been practicing Buddhism for 17 years at the monastery, was not thrilled about the government’s plans. “The government had a meeting on August 14, and proposed many commercial plans, which were immediately rejected by our abbot and many fellow monks. We buddhist monks cannot lead a commercialized life,” said Ren Qing.

Some buddhist monks, however, have long ignored the stringent Buddhist rules and lived their lives according to their own wants and desires. Earlier this month, a monastery in Xiaogan, Hubei Province, held a Kaiguang, or a consecration ceremony, for none other than a Ferrari vehicle. Consecration is believed to bring good luck to any objects presented in the presence of a Buddha. In May, a monk in Wenzhou was stopped by police for drunk driving.

After the monastery’s protest, the newspaper said local officials in Jingcheng talked with the abbot and stressed “it won’t take over or sell Panlong Monastery in any form”.

Photos: China News


[Graphic Video] Wife Douses Mistress With Gasoline, Sets Her on Fire

Posted: 06/30/2014 5:53 pm


kunming mistress immolation affair[This story contains material that may offend some readers]

A graphic video has surfaced from Yunnan Province showing a mistress being doused in flammable liquid and being set on fire by the man’s wife.

The incident happened yesterday (June 29) at around 7pm in Kunming. Mr Liu, the manager of a nearby tea shop, said a woman dressed in black had come up behind a woman dressed in red and said, ”You seduced my husband!”

The woman in black, later identified as Shi, then threw hot chili peppers into the woman’s face (who has not been identified). Shi then poured gasoline on the woman and set her on fire, as depicted in the video below. It was recorded by the dashboard camera of a nearby car.

kunming mistress immolation affair

There was no fire extinguisher nearby, and when people tried pouring water on the woman the fire only grew in size. After one or two minutes the woman finally lost consciousness.

Shi then drank several mouthfuls from a brown-colored bottle which witnesses said smelled like pesticide, and began cutting herself. She was taken to hospital, and had this to say about the woman she set on fire:

She is my husband’s mistress. She forced me to have a divorce (from him), so I poured gasoline on her.

There’s no significance for my daughter to live anymore, I don’t want to live/I don’t want her to live anymore.

kunming mistress immolation affairMiss Zhang, a friend of Shi, said Shi had been complaining a mistress was disrupting her family’s plans to earn money for her daughter’s university tuition. Shi’s husband was apparently a devoted husband until the mistress appeared on the scene.

Shi is currently in serious condition and is under constant supervision. Shi’s husband, reportedly a bus driver named Ma, has not answered questions by reporters. The mistress died from her injuries.

Warning: the following video is terrible and horrifying.

[h/t @niubi]

Photos: 163, QQ


Three Dead After Explosion in Yunnan [UPDATE]

Posted: 06/9/2014 9:47 am

chuxiong explosion UPDATE 5:41pm June 9: Pictures from the scene show that a large hole has been made in the wall of the apartment from the blast, while an interior wall is described as having collapsed.chuxiong explosion


An explosion in the City of Chuxiong in Yunnan Province has left three dead and four injured, Xinhua reports.

A report from the Chuxiong People’s Government said that the explosion occurred at 2:30am today (June 9) at the Yunnan No. 5 Public Highway and Bridge Construction Company on 64 Xiyun Street in the Chuxiong Development Zone. The specific location of the explosion is named as apartment 401, building 3 and is located in an adjoining neighborhood to the company grounds.

All injured victims have been taken to hospital for treatment. The cause of the explosion is under investigation.

Photo: yizuworld


Drunken man in Guangzhou goes on slashing spree, all over disagreement at phone shop

Posted: 02/25/2013 7:00 am

A 26 year-old man went on a drunken rampage with a knife in Guangzhou’s Baiyun District February 21, causing injuries to twelve people, Guangzhou Daily reports. The cause of his rage? A minor disagreement with staff at a mobile phone store, according to media reports.

The man, surnamed Lang from Yunnan Province, stabbed two members of staff at a mobile phone shop on Junhe Street after getting into a disagreement at arround 10:20 p.m. One member of staff, Chen Bin, was left bleeding from the chest. Another, Mo Jingbin, had a large gash on his right leg.

Lang then took a motorbike taxi to near Luogang Village Administrative Building. When the driver of the taxi asked him to pay up he stabbed the driver, leaving him with chest injuries. Lang then stabbed several bystanders.

At around 10:50 p.m. he went to sample some of the local street barbecue. After being confronted for not paying up, he attacked the owner of the stall and even the owner’s 2 year-old daughter, leaving the infant with chest injuries.

None of the victims are in a critical condition and Lang is now in police custody.

At this point, we can only speculate as to what was the cause of all this rage. Was it the frustrations that come with being a migrant in Guangzhou? Was it fear of becoming a male version of one of China’s much-maligned left-over women? Or maybe there is something in the air?


Guy attacks an ostrich as part of elaborate suicide attempt, ultimately fails

Posted: 01/23/2013 7:00 am

A man was rescued by police in a zoo in Shaoguan City on January 19 after a bizarre suicide attempt which followed even more bizarre behaviour, Shenzhen Satellite Television reports.

The man, Li, 27, from Yunnan Province, attacked an ostrich in the zoo and bit it to death in front of onlookers who included children and elderly people. He then slashed his wrists as police were called.

Xu Jianwen, deputy head of Datang Road police station told reporters that when he arrived at the scene, Li was highly excitable and simulated firing a gun at the policemen. He was already covered in blood when police arrived.

As he began to lose strength, Li lay on the ostrich’s corpse like a pillow before police approached him tentatively. He offered little resistance before police dragged him away.

He was rushed to hospital where his condition soon stabilized. However, that night, his condition worsened and he was returned to hospital. He appears to be out of the woods now. A suicide note was found on his person. The note urged his parents to have a good life, saying there was no need to worry about him anymore.

Li works as a security guard and has been described by colleagues as an introvert who is unusually quiet when at work. He was also described as being straight-forward.

Police drag a bleeding Li away from the ostrich’s corpse

The name of his company was not revealed to media.

Whether this was a genuine attempted suicide or a cry for help, I think we can all agree: the man needs help.

Li claims to have no recollection of the incident. The investigation is ongoing.

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