Did you feel the earthquake? Tremor hits central Guangdong, felt down to Hong Kong

Posted: 02/22/2013 12:05 pm

Social media networks lit up just before noon today on reports of an earthquake in Guangdong Province.  Several people on Twitter and Weibo in Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Hong Kong all say they felt the earth rumble beneath their feet.

Mainland media are reporting a 4.8 magnitude quake struck Heyuan City in central Guangdong at 11:34 this morning at a depth of about 11 kilometres.

The Hong Kong Observatory has said that it’s aware of reports, but is analyzing data and will have more later.  There are no reports (yet) of any damage, but it’s early and we’ll keep you updated as we get more info.


Child trafficking ring busted, 14 of the rescued babies were sold by their own parents

Posted: 02/6/2013 9:00 am

After four child trafficking rings were smashed in a cooperative effort by police in six Guangdong cities on October 17 last year, it was discovered Monday that 14 of the rescued babies had been sold by their own parents, according to Sina News. Another baby died while being transported by the criminals.

The parents received between 20,000 and 30,000 yuan for the children. Three of the childrens’ parents have already been arrested and all 13 of the infants now reside in orphanages in Huizhou. Another was adopted.

In May last year, police in Huizhou, Meizhou, Heyuan, Dongguan, Jiangmen and Shanwei began to cooperate after three babies were rescued and three trafficers were arrested in Heyuan.

The effort culminated on October 16 when 27 were arrested and the rest of the babies were rescued.

Police are now seeking out the rest of the parents and the orphanages are trying to find homes for the children.

In a country that prides itself on its family values, netizens are outraged that any parent could consider this. One Sina Weibo user said: “If you can’t afford a baby then don’t have one.” Another wished for all the parents to get the death penalty.


A bride – only days away from her wedding – is hit and killed by a bus in Shenzhen

Posted: 09/25/2012 1:00 pm

A woman was killed by an intercity bus on a highway in Shenzhen after attempting to hail the bus, according to Southern Metropolis Daily.

The highway runs from Shenzhen’s Baoan District to Heyuan. A young couple were standing on the side of the road waiting for the bus. The man noticed the bus they wanted to take was passing them, and the woman stuck her thumb out. The bus did not slow down and hit her, pushing her toward the roadside barrier 4 meters away.

Sources say the couple were on their way to visit his family in Heyuan ahead of their wedding which was due to take place next month. When the ambulance arrived, the woman was already dead.

Some sources said the road was slippery and the driver of the bus tried and failed to slow down. Others said he ran a red light and was driving carelessly.

The investigation is ongoing.



Fake Hermes factory busted, ring leader given life in prison

Posted: 08/30/2012 7:00 am

Even though China is slowly making the transition from specializing in cheap knock-off products to producing its own high-level brands, “made in China” is still synonymous with shoddy goods.

A few days ago, according to Yangcheng Evening News, a gang making fake Hermes totaling over RMB100 million was busted and the court sentenced its leader to life in prison on August 6. Other members were given sentences ranging from seven to ten years and some received fines.

An investigation found the leader of the gang, Xiao, rented a 500 square meter room in a factory in Heyuan last year and ran his counterfeiting business there. Xiao bought the tools and raw materials for bags from Dongguan and Guangzhou. The fake Hermes were sold in Guangzhou.

Xiao has been targeted since February this year when he was first caught by Heyuan’s Administration of Industry and Commerce. After that, the case was transferred to the local public security organs on file. However, driven by huge profits, Xiao continued his counterfeiting activities and rented another 350 square meters of factory space after the first was closed down.

Xiao and his fellow gang members refused to comment on whether they would appeal the sentence.

Guangdong, a thriving manufacturing hub where many manufacturers and exporters are located, has had regular problems with fake and counterfeit goods flooding the market. These goods are known in Chinese as shanzhai. Phones, especially iPhones and iPads, and other shanzhai brands such as Louis Vuitton, Dior and Swatch have proved popular.

The good news is for global brands, however, is Guangdong’s is making progress on cracking down on fake goods.  Related news reports indicate nearly 20,000 similar cases have been busted and 2,950 dens destroyed.


Crime round-up: Heyuan youths rob passerby, three post-90s men caught with 30cm long saber

Posted: 05/7/2012 7:00 am

Three young boys were detained last Saturday after confessing to commit armed robbery, Guangzhou’s Xin Kuai Daily reports.

In the early hours of April 12, Heyuan patrolmen saw three men flee as a police car approached them. The three men are all post-90s. Police also found a 30cm length saber which had been hidden by one of them, and they were later caught and detained.

They confessed that they planned to rob a man and two girls when they passed by, and explained that they just wanted to “get some pocket money”. The investigation is ongoing.

Another related story also happened in Heyuan. Last mouth, two men robbed a convenience store (CVS) in early morning.

One of robbers used to be a worker in another branch of this CVS,  he left the store because he couldn’t stand heavy work. Facing the embarrassed living conditions, he picked up his chopper.

Xin Kuai Daily
Heyuan Municiple Public Security Bureau