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1/3 of Shenzhen Markets Selling Contaminated Noodles

Posted: 05/12/2014 5:37 pm

hoh funThrough unannounced inspections of the city’s markets, Shenzhen municipal health inspectors have discovered a full third of tested fresh noodles do not conform to health standards, the Nandu reported.

Of the 99 sellers of wet noodles and Hoh Fun (flat white noodles) inspected, 34 sellers broke regulation, mostly by adding food additives.

Six were found to have food additives including borax (four cases), formaldehyde (two cases); preservatives including benzoic acid (22 cases), dehydrogenated acid, and sorbic acid; food coloring was also found that included lemon yellow (9 cases), and sunset yellow. Three cases were found to have both additives of benzoic acid and lemon yellow.

The inspection covered 21 farmer’s markets located in Luohu, Futian, Nanshan, Bao’an, Longgang, Longhua New District, and Guangming New District, and was carried out from end of March to beginning of April of this year.

As well, the inspection was extended to city center supermarkets and restaurants. Focusing upon prepackaged noodles, the city health inspector found that out of a sample of 172 different sellers of noodles, 49 were found to contain illegal food additives such as benzoic acid.

The findings of the Shenzhen health inspectors have been transferred over to the local Public Security Bureau for policing.

Photo: 21cn


30-Inch Pizza Invades Coco Park in Shenzhen

Posted: 05/5/2014 10:00 am

A new New York-style eatery has opened up in Shenzhen’s Coco Park. This is big, literally really big. Warehouse is now offering a 30-inch New York-style pizza. They will also offer pizza sizes at 24 inches, 16 inches and 14 inches. Their grand opening was last Friday, May 2nd.

The biggest deliverable pizza was 24 inches during their soft opening, but Warehouse is now able to deliver their full size 30-inch pizza. Their delivery center is offsite from their Coco Park location and can deliver anywhere in Shenzhen, but remote areas like Longgang, Bao’an, and Shekou will require a minimum order of around RMB 500.

For more details, please check our listings.

Photos: courtesy American Flour Company


[Updated] Shenzhen’s highly-anticipated Color Run shelved by police

Posted: 03/4/2014 5:54 pm

This story has been updated with a new date for the race.

The Color Run was generating a lot of buzz in Shenzhen, but now people will need to wait till the end of the month if they still want to participate.

Today it was announced on The Color Run website that the Color Run, which was set to take place on March 8, has been postponed to March 29. From the official announcement:

As advised by the Government authorities and the Police, we are sorry to inform you that The Color Run Shenzhen on March 8th has to be postponed to March 29th. Pre-Event Packet Pick-Up will be held on March 27th to March 28th accordingly. Registered Color Runners can choose to keep your spot and join us on March 29th. If you are unable to join us on the new date, you can request a refund of your registration fee*, starting from 9 AM, March 6th to 5 PM, March 13th and any request for refund will not be accepted after that.

Starting from March 14th at 9 AM, we will reopen the registration to release the available spots. Registration deadline is 12 PM, March 26th, or till sold out. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding!

Many are already speculating that the postponement is related to the Kunming attack over the weekend, which has spooked Chinese security officials and already resulted in a beefier deployment of police in other cities in China.

The Color Run bills itself as the “Happiest 5K in the World”. The untimed race sees runners splashed with paint after every one kilometre completed.



H7N9 found at Shenzhen wet markets, business continues as usual

Posted: 12/13/2013 9:24 am

In a case where business interests may have overtaken health concerns, many Shenzhen wet markets remain open and chickens on sale despite tests showing H7N9 bird flu had infected some of the poultry.

Chickens at 13 wet markets have been tested by Guangdong authorities, with three samples coming back positive from two wet markets in the city. Both markets, Kangqiao and Henggang, are in Longgang District.  You’d think this would cause a shutdown of the poultry stalls, at least temporarily. But alas, it has not. Here’s Bloomberg:

The 12 live poultry stalls at the Hengan Paibang market in Longgan district, one of the markets where authorities found a positive sample, were open today.

The stalls get their chickens from the Buji Poultry Wholesale Market in Longgan, according to the market’s manager.

“There’s been no order yet to shut down,” said Zhang Jinghui, manager of the Paibang market. “We need to wait for instructions from the village committee. We are disinfecting the stalls everyday.”

Huang Weihua, whose stall had samples tested positive for H7N9, said he sold two chickens today, down from 30 to 40 daily.

Kangqiao was also open as of 9am yesterday. The South China Morning Post has this:

As of noon on Thursday, live poultry trading continued as normal at several wet markets across Shenzhen.

“No one told us to stop selling chickens. We feel worried (about the disease) but we have to make a living,” a female vendor said at a wet market in Bao’an district.

There is a modicum of good news here. Since yesterday, chicken stalls at Kangqiao have been ordered to close for three days. However, all others remain open, including the one in Longgang, despite the positive test results.

How bad could this get? Ben Cowling, an associate professor of infectious disease epidemiology at the University of Hong Kong’s school of public health, said “It’s likely that H7N9 virus infection among poultry in live markets may be more widespread in Shenzhen.”

Happy weekend.


Shenzhen Beach Luau a blast, with a few hiccups

Posted: 08/3/2013 11:00 am

It was party time last weekend at the That’s PRD Beach Luau, and while most people had fun the party was not without some problems.

Let’s get the bad news out of the way first. The buses from Shenzhen left late (which, admittedly, isn’t too uncommon when it comes to Chinese transportation). However, our driver then wasn’t sure how to get to the second pickup point. While we were heading out to Xichong Beach, the announcer on the bus said that no cash would be accepted to buy food or drinks throughout the weekend; instead, people would have to purchase tickets that would be used instead.  Apparently, we would be able to cash in any unused tickets at the end, but unfortunately that wasn’t the case.

There was also some misunderstanding at the venue itself.  Lunch was RMB60 for a set plate of either a beef burger or honey mustard chicken breast.  The sides were a choice of potato chips, salad, or roasted vegetables… or partially cooked onions. The servers weren’t aware that onions were a burger topping, so would provide them only as a side (meaning people couldn’t select an actual side if they took the onions).  This isn’t a huge deal on its own, but was another annoyance on the trip.

For drinks there was a fair amount of different cocktails and soft drinks with different ticket values, and most seemed reasonable. The dinner was supposed to be another set meal choice of a plate of pork from the roasted pig and/or some pasta and salad for RMB100 (which was 10 tickets’ worth). The pig was already cut up, which took away from the idea of having a true Luau-style roast.

However, it wasn’t all bad. In fact, despite the hiccups, a lot of people had fun. The organizers took time to make sure that there were lots of activities available for all to take part in.

Sumo wrestling was a real blast. It was very enjoyable watching people put on Sumo wrestling suits and fight it out in the sand. Many people seemed to take part in this and had fun.

Fusion Fitness and Freshe Fitness lead a few activities on the beach throughout the day. A group for Tug of War as well as Beach Volleyball.

Despite a technical glitch during one large short burst of rain that blew away a canopy and knocked out the music, the DJ’s were actually very good and the sound was loud and clear. The sets were interesting and never did I feel bored by what was being played.

The private swimming pool was a nice touch with the floating beach pillows that people used to race on. The water was noticeably green but we were assured the water is changed often and that the colour was due to it being mountain spring water.

Vedett beer provided a fun little diversion in the form of a free beer chugging competition, but the catch was you couldn’t use your hands. Some people left happy and hammered. A welcome combination at any party.

There were also some beer pong tables set up by the ShenZhen Ultimate Players Association that people were using occasionally through the night. The SZUPA also got a fair amount of people throwing frisbees around on the beach earlier on.

Then it got wild. A red flower watering pot was brought out and three girls and a guy in a sailor suit took part in a wet t-shirt contest. Everyone seemed to enjoy this and this really helped get the partiers dancing to the great DJs.

The party went all night and there was luckily no more rain.

All in all, I’d give this Beach Luau a 3 out of 10 for authenticity in terms of a Luau, a 4 out of 10 for their changing ticketing system and prices, a 5 out of 10 for the food, and an 8 out of 10 for music, activities, and the many prizes they gave out.

I’d go again just for the beauty that is Xichong beach. All the problems above are fixable for next year.

(Homepage Image Credit: eChinaCities)


A 16-year old boy under pressure at school jumps to his death in Shenzhen

Posted: 01/28/2013 6:45 pm

There are two issues that seem to continually plague this part of the country: suicides from jumping off of buildings (Foxconn), and intense school pressure that takes some kids to the breaking point.

People in Shenzhen believe it’s the second reason which caused the death of a 16-year old student in Longgang District last Saturday (January 26).

Media reports say the senior high school student jumped from the eighth floor of his complex, shocking his parents and those living below.  He was quickly pronounced dead by doctors.

Neighbors suspect the boy had an argument with this parents before taking the drastic step to jump from his home. They say the boy, whose father is a civil servant, was very polite. His parents refused to answer questions when asked by the media.

Reporters who have spoken with Longgang Police say the boy may have committed suicide because of problems related to his performance in school. He had just gone to pick up his grades at 7 o’clock that morning, and returned home early at 11am before jumping to his death.

Some say it’s time either kids get used to the pressure, whether it be from school or just being scolded. Others, though, say kids need to know it’s okay to fail… sometimes. As long as you try your best.

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