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Guangzhou Woman Finds Live Worms in Her KFC

Posted: 09/30/2014 3:07 pm

kfc chicken live worms guangzhouA Guangzhou woman was shocked to find her KFC lunch was crawling with tiny, white, wriggling worms, reports Caijing.

The woman, named Liu, found the worms a few hours after she had purchased the chicken and immediately contacted the media. When reporters arrived they used a fruit knife to cut open the chicken, and found more worms crawling around inside the food.

kfc chicken live worms guangzhou

KFC compensated Liu for her email and offered her a replacement at no charge, but Liu couldn’t stomach taking another bite. She said the restaurant couldn’t guarantee the food was safe, and didn’t want to share it with her son.

KFC told the reporter that it is taking the matter seriously. The American fried chicken-maker previously had problems with Husi Foods of Shanghai, which supplied expired meat to a number of fast food outlets including McDonald’s and Pizza Hut.

Here’s a video that shows the food infested with worms:


Photos: China News


Squeamish Video Shows Laowai Stealing Girl from HK Boyfriend in Lan Kwai Fong

Posted: 05/15/2014 11:42 am

It’s surely happened in bar districts all over Asia, but now it’s been caught on tape: a brazen laowai picking up a Chinese girl from right under the nose of her boyfriend.

The video was shot this past weekend in Hong Kong’s notorious Lan Kwai Fong bar district, not a locale known for the virtuous. It opens with the girl sitting with her boyfriend (although the exact nature of their relationship is being debated) along a railing, and the foreigner slowly moving in. It ends with him taking her away from a clearly exasperated – and we’re quickly assuming – ex-boyfriend.

Not sure whether to berate the guy for his ineptitude and weakness or feel sorry for him, the video has stirred up all kinds of feelings in Hong Kong Golden, one of the city’s top forums.

It turns out the video was shot by a guy named David Bond, who is the other foreigner sitting along the railing. He styles himself as a professional pick-up artist and has traveled throughout Asia. Hong Wrong blog has this:

The man himself entered the debate on Reddit posting a screenshot of his ‘conquests’ folder on his PC. He also posted a sarcastic video response to those objecting to his use of supposedly ‘hidden cameras’. The incident has also spawned a blog and Facebook campaign page

It’s almost Chinabounder, redux.

[h/t Hong Wrong]


Unsolved mystery: Chinese businessman found dead in foreigner’s GZ apartment

Posted: 04/23/2013 7:00 am

A businessman was found dead in the apartment of a foreigner in Guangzhou after he took 100,000 yuan in cash there to do business on April 20. The foreigner, a Caucasian male, is now missing, Southern Metropolis Daily reports.

When Mr. Mian, 32, was not answering his phone on the evening of April 19, several dozen of his friends were worried because one had seen him withdraw 100,000 RMB from an ATM on Xiaobei Road in Yuexiu District that morning.

Shortly after Mr. Mian withdrew the money at around 11 a.m., Hu Lin, his friend from his hometown of Ningxia, witnessed him agree to go to the apartment of a foreigner to talk business.

As late as 7:20 p.m., Mian answered his phone and told a friend that he was in an apartment complex in Zhujiang New Town. Twenty minutes later, Mian stopped answering his phone.

Concerned, his friends and family filed a police report. Although he hadn’t been missing for long, they knew he had a lot of cash on him so the situation could be serious.

The following day, Mian was found dead on the sofa of the foreigner’s apartment in Bolin International Apartment Complex. There was no blood, so evidence suggests he was suffocated by a pillow.

Security camera footage showed the two men enter together and the foreigner later leave alone at 12:40. The money was not found on Mr. Mian.

Police want to talk to the foreigner.


Foreigner charged with bigamy for marrying a Chinese while still married at home

Posted: 04/9/2013 12:01 pm

A British man in Guangzhou is doing the reputation of foreigners in China no favors. The man is being charged with bigamy for marrying a Chinese woman while still being married in the UK.

It started in 2005, when Jerry (an alias), 48, came to Guangzhou for business. His wife Mary (alias), 49, stayed behind as a housewife in the UK. They had been married for over 20 years and have four children together, Xin Kuai Bao reports. Mary told reporters her husband came to China to work in the freight business.

Shortly after arriving Jerry met Luo Ting (alias). He mentioned to his wife at home that he had met this woman, who he said was an indispensable help for his work. Mary visited Guangzhou and met Luo Ting in the early days, so Luo Ting was aware that Jerry was married with kids.

In October 2006, Jerry went back home. Mary read Jerry and Luo Ting’s chat records by chance, and found piles of their intimate pictures in his computer. The two referred to each other as “husband” and “wife”. She kept all the evidence and had a fight with her husband before he flew back to China.  At that time, Luo Ting was pregnant with their first child. They would end up having a second as well.

In March 2012, Mary entrusted her lawyer Wang Li to report the case to the Guangzhou Police Department. As this is the first bigamy case in Guangzhou related to foreigners, it took many months for the process to slumber on. Early this year, Jerry was finally arrested by the Guangzhou Police and Luo Ting was released on bail to look after her young kids.

Wang Li told reporters that once the jury finds Jerry guilty of bigamy, he will probably not be allowed to enter China again. It also won’t be easy for Luo Ting to visit the UK. Therefore, it’s expected the family will be split.


Guangzhou cracks down on parents who force their kids to beg for money

Posted: 03/13/2013 11:34 am

Parents in Guangzhou who force their kids to beg for cash could soon find themselves without their offspring.

Officials in Guangzhou are threatening to take children out of the care of parents if they continue to turn their kids into beggars, it was announced on Monday.

Under a proposed legal revision, rescue shelters will be able to refer cases to judges if they are concerned about a child’s welfare, and courts have the power to appoint new custodians. The legal framework provides firm protection for minors.

Image Credit: ChinaSMACK

Small children begging is a common occurrence in China. Foreigners, in particular, are targets for their perceived wealth as children use their hands or tin plates to indicate a ‘need’ for help. Often, they walk alongside or get in contact with their targets to entice a sympathetic reaction. Taojin in Guangzhou has become a notorious hotspot for this practice.

Experts have praised the move to protect children, but warn taking children away from their parents should only be done as a last resort and courts must be compassionate  before issuing judgment.

Zhang Wenjuan, a lawyer specializing in legal aid services offered to minors, tells the Global Times:

“Custody disqualification should be a last resort,” said Zhang. “Government departments and agencies should provide compassionate services and intervene before finally proceeding to that stage. Authorities should be fully informed of the reason why parents take their children to beg, offer a training session on how to take good care of their children, and supervise parents’ behavior to see whether a disqualification is truly needed.”

Significantly, children housed in shelters will qualify for education as any other child would. Children in one of these centres for more than two years will be transferred to government agencies, put up for adoption, or housed in orphanages.

The tough new measures are designed to clean up the streets, and indeed, enforce the city slogan “Civilised Guangzhou”.

Source: Global Times


Foreigner who collapsed in the Guangzhou metro rescued by Chinese heroine

Posted: 03/12/2013 4:26 pm

We’ve all heard scary stories about people in China ignoring those who badly need help, leaving some of them to suffer alone in public. The topic seemed to hit a climax last year in the case of little Yueyue, who was hit by a car and ignored by more than a dozen pedestrians who stepped over.

But here’s a case which shows things are not as dire as they seem: a heroine by the name of Zhang Jie helped rescue a foreigner, who collapsed in the Guangzhou metro on February 9.  The foreigner, named James, collapsed at Liede Station on Line 5.

The station’s closed circuit television shows James and his partner walking onto the main metro concourse. He doesn’t get far as he pulls up and falls backwards, landing heavily on the concourse. That’s when an attendant arrived.

Beijing Cream tells us more:

A subway attendant, Zhang Jie, supported James’s head while her colleague rubbed his chest. He remained unresponsive for a minute, at which point, while waiting for rescue personnel to arrive, Ms. Zhang began performing CPR. She said he remained unresponsive until after her third attempt, when he let out a breath of air.

A few minutes later, James was breathing on his own. He was sent to hospital, where he made a full recovery.

James is all back to normal now, but no word on what caused him to collapse.

It’s nice that, occasionally, stories do have happy endings.


Halleujah! Hong Kong passport stamps to be long gone from next month

Posted: 02/9/2013 8:09 am

Everybody who lives in the PRD knows how annoying it can be as your passport fills up with Hong Kong SAR stamps each time you cross the border.  But relief is on the way, as Hong Kong is phasing out the passport stamp in favour of a piece of paper.

From next month, passports will no longer be marked, and instead, travellers will be given a slip on entry outlining the terms and conditions of staying in the territory.

This will be a huge help, especially to laowai who frequently visit Hong Kong. It doesn’t take long to fill up a passport when Hong Kong issues two stamps on entry, and another on exit. Combined with mainland China’s entry and exit stamps, that’s five stamps per trip.

This writer’s passport was replaced within a year of living in the PRD. 25 trips to HK = a lot of stamps.

SCMP has more on how it will all work in the future:

The slip of computer-generated paper will carry the visitor’s name, travel document number, arrival date and the date the visitor permitted to remain until… Even if visitors lose the slip they will still be able to leave Hong Kong when they present their travel documents, because their information has been stored in the computer.

It’s a win for foreigners with more room for more travel in Hong Kong and elsewhere.

The Immigration Department, in a fine example of Hong Kong’s noted efficiency, says using the slip of paper will save each visitor 3 seconds when they cross the border.


No work permit, no protection: proposed law could mean tough times for laowai

Posted: 08/13/2012 4:06 pm

It’s no secret that many foreigners working in China are doing so illegally.  It’s even easier for those in the PRD to work on a tourist visa because renewing that visa requires only a quick afternoon journey to Hong Kong and back.

But if being an undocumented worker was living on the edge before, it could get even worse. The Supreme People’s Court has drafted a law which would remove any labour protection given to foreign workers — even if they have a contract.  The draft is now being considered by a group of judges and other professionals for their feedback.

It could be argued that many foreign workers don’t have much protection as it is, considering the difficulty of navigating the labyrinth of China’s legal system.  But if this law passes, foreigners would have zero recourse if something were to go wrong in the workplace. That has some lawyers concerned, according to the China Daily:

He Li, a labor lawyer, said he was concerned by the proposal since some foreigners do not have work permits because companies are reluctant to go to the trouble of doing the necessary paperwork.

Liu said there are administrative regulations for these employers, although the draft law itself does not deal with companies failing to apply for permits.

Wang Wenjie, who works in the human resources department at a Shanghai company, said the policy will probably affect foreigners working in small-scale companies as larger companies will have the resources to do the paperwork.

An English teacher from Russia working in Beijing admits she does not have a work permit because of the bureaucracy.

The 33-year-old said procedures to obtain a work permit are complicated and the permit is tied to one particular employer. This makes it a drawn-out affair if she changes employer.

The Russian, who requested anonymity, has been teaching English at the school for four years.

“I took the risk of changing my life path to come to China, I have paid taxes, why are my rights not protected by laws?” she asked.

In any country, it’s always wise to do things above board — perhaps even more so in China, where there is little legal recourse for anybody who finds themselves on the wrong side of the law.


Foreigner-despising Shenzhen woman starts striptease on the street

Posted: 05/21/2012 4:09 pm

The woman dances in Luohu

Tension between foreigners and local Chinese has been rising of late.  First, there was a British guy caught on tape trying to molest a Chinese woman (then beaten), a foreign cellist berating a woman in Chinese, Beijing’s 100-day crackdown on illegal foreigners, and CCTV News host Yang Rui’s vitriolic rant against foreigners on his Weibo account.

Things haven’t been quite so heated down here (things get a bit more normal the further one gets from Beijing).  Still, a Shenzhen woman we told you about earlier, who called for Chinese women to avoid dating and marrying foreign men, has again drawn attention to herself.  This time, she appeared near Grand Theater Subway Station dancing while stripping to her underwear. The woman did the dance around 4 p.m. on May 5 near the entrance of Shenzhen Book City in Luohu District.

She had an mp3 player that played the dance song “Zui Xuan Minzufeng”. Next to her was a sign that had a picture of herself entwined with a foreign man, below which were the words, “I want my chest to be bigger, I want my skin to be paler, I want to be thinner.” The writing goes on to explain that she is looking for people to help her become a new person, and she wants to recover from her failed relationship with the foreigner.

She urged onlookers to contact her, and had her mobile phone number printed on the sign.

Many passers-by gathered to watch her dance, but netizens have expressed contempt for the woman. A netizen named Peng Fei said he supported the foreigner’s decision to leave her. Another named Grey Autumn commented on how unattractive she was.

We’re not sure how stripping in public will help her cause, but we are starting to see why her foreign ex-husband may have left her.



Guangdong tightens grip on “foreigner management”

Posted: 06/20/2011 10:21 am

Our good friends over at China Briefing have filed a story in the Shenzhen Standard noting that Guangdong is going to be taking a more active approach when it comes to managing foreign “talents” in the province.

We told you earlier that people in Guangdong are being encouraged to report any foreigners suspected of suspicious activity, such as overstaying their visa, working without a proper visa, or not registering their living arrangements with the local branch of the Public Security Bureau. This is actually all part of a new administrative measures titled “Tentative Provisions of Guangdong Province on Foreigner Administration and Services (Government of Guangdong Province No.155)”. That’s bureaucratese for “we’re going to be keeping a much closer eye on the laowai”.

Aside from making sure foreigners are obeying the rules, there will be stricter provisions about what jobs foreigners can and should be holding:

With regard to requirements on the hiring of foreigners, the Tentative Provisions provide that an employer should employ foreigners for positions which have special requirements, for which no appropriate candidate is available in China for the time being, and which does not violate the relevant provisions of the State. They also provide that a catalog of professions for foreigners working in Guangdong will be issued, dividing professions into those in which the hiring of foreigners are encouraged and those which are restricted. Employers are encouraged to employ high-level foreign talent.

In all likelihood, this won’t change much. Most foreigners working in China are already doing jobs that require “special skills”, such as being a native English-speaker (teacher, editor, radio announcer, voiceover artist, actor) or somebody with special skills learned abroad (executive, manager, quality control, etc). But what it does signify is that slowly but surely, foreigners will see an increasing level of scrutiny from provincial-level officials.


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