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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?


Man Caught at Shenzhen Port with 33 iPhone 6s Strapped to His Body

Posted: 10/15/2014 11:00 am

Buyers paying cash to resellers for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus outside of an Apple Store in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.

There is just no end to the unique and creative ways of smuggling iPhones into China. Take Mr. Chan, a 50 year old Hong Kong man, for example. He was caught trying to enter the country at the Luohu border with 33 iPhone 6 Plus units strapped to his body, reports Shenzhen Business Daily.

According to customs officers, Chan was fidgeting with a plastic bag where, after a search, they discovered the phones. Chan said the phones were bought in Hong Kong to be resold in Shenzhen.

Resellers of iPhone 6 outside of Apple’s store in Causeway Bay.

Demand for the iPhone has been exceptionally high and people will do almost anything to get one, even though it will be for sale in Mainland China in two days. One woman in Guangxi was even seen roaming around the city completely naked in hopes of winning one. According to reports, the woman made a bet with her friends that if she walked around the city naked, they would give her an iPhone 6. In late September, a Chinese man was caught stuffing eight iPhone 6s into his underpants while trying to enter the Mainland from Hong Kong.

According to figures released by China’s Customs Department, between September 10 and 24, Shenzhen Customs confiscated more than 2,000 iPhone 6s. On September 25 alone, Shanghai seized 453 iPhone 6s, Xinhua reported.

Photos: Bloomberg/Getty Image; SCMP



Man Smuggling Dozens of Chinchilla Pelts Caught at Shenzhen Customs

Posted: 09/16/2014 9:32 am

chinchilla peltShenzhen Customs announced it seized 56 chinchilla pelts from a Hong Kong man attempting to smuggle them through Luohu checkpoint on August 27, reported China Daily.

The smuggler, a man in his sixties, carried an old satchel and followed the crowd when entering Luohu checkpoint. During an inspection, customs officers discovered a vacuum-sealed bag wrapped with yellow adhesive tape. When they decompressed the bag, they found two bunches of animal fur, totaling 56 pelts.

The pelts were handed over to the anti-smuggling department, which had the pelts analysed. An investigation by the Research Institute of Southern China for Endangered Animals in Guangdong Province revealed the animal fur consisted of 56 whole pieces of chinchilla fur.

Chinchillas have the finest fur of all mammals, making their fur very soft. They have great appeal, like cuddly little “balls of fur”. Their exceedingly soft, dense coat has more fur per square inch than any other known mammal.

Each of their hair follicles is able to grow 40 to 60 individual hairs. One breed of chinchilla can grow 80 hairs per follicle, while cats and dogs can only grow one to three hairs per follicle.

The price of chinchilla fur is equal to that of gold by its weight.

The chinchilla is currently categorized as a critically endangered species and is on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. While most trade in chinchilla pelts are done using domesticated farms, chinchillas are still massively hunted in the wild, threatening it with extinction.

Photo: Caijing


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


Shenzhen this weekend: Sabu Toyozumi, tennis, tap dancing and salsa

Posted: 01/3/2014 9:59 am

The first weekend of the year and it’s off to a great start. Here’s what’s happening:

Jan. 3rd – Saturday Salsa Night @ Curv Bar – Make your way down to Curv bar for some Salsa with the Fun Salsa Club.

Jan. 3rd – Japanese Legendary Improvising Drummer Sabu Toyozumi @ B10 Live – Let Sabu beat away your boardom this weekend on his drums. A professional famous improvisational drummer from Japan.

Jan. 4th – 2014 Shenzhen Tennis Open – The Shenzhen Open is coming to an end. Come see Li Na defend her title in the 2014 Shenzhen Open as she competes for $500,000.

Jan. 4th – Tap Dance: Rhythm of the Dance – Come experience some true Irish culture through storytelling by song and dance.

Jan. 5th - Sunday Ultimate Frisbee by the SZUPA – Join a growing group of expats and local Chinese players play the fast growing international sport: Ultimate.

If you attend any of these events, please email me at [email protected] 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 [email protected])


Shenzhen this weekend: 2014 Shenzhen Open, bar hop with Uber, salsa and more

Posted: 12/28/2013 1:46 am

Hope you all had a great Christmas! Here’s what’s happening this weekend:

Dec. 28th - Bar Hopping in Style with Uber – Foreplay, a well known group of event organizers, have come up with something unique. They have partnered with Uber to help you barhop to threee locations. Uber is a service that lets you book Audi’s to drive you around town. Sounds like a fun night!

Dec. 28th – Saturday Salsa Night @ Curv Bar – Make your way down to Curv bar for some Salsa with the Fun Salsa Club.

Dec. 29th – 2014 Shenzhen Tennis Open – Come see Li Na defend her title in the 2014 Shenzhen Open as she competes for $500,000.

Dec. 29th - Sunday Ultimate Frisbee by the SZUPA – Join a growing group of expats and local Chinese players play the fast growing international sport: Ultimate.

If you attend any of these events, please email me at [email protected] 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 Guangzh


Shenzhen tackles crowding on the metro, will launch extra trains on the Luobao Line

Posted: 04/17/2013 7:00 am

Good news for people who regularly pile onto the metro in Shenzhen.

Trains will be added between Luohu and Xixiang metro stations on Shenzhen’s Luobao line to reduce overcrowding during morning and evening rush hours, The Daily Sunshine reports.

The new measure will be piloted on April 20 and, if all goes to plan, fully implemented on Thursday April 25.

The Luobao line is the oldest on Shenzhen’s metro system and runs from Luohu, the border with Hong Kong and the city’s busiest train station, to Airport East.


Shenzhen official earns RMB20k a month, has properties worth RMB40 million

Posted: 01/31/2013 7:00 am

As Guangdong Province pilots the drive to make government officials declare their assets, one of the most high profile cases in the country of a well-connected person illegally acquiring properties is the ‘house sister’ scandal.

Now Shenzhen appears to have its own ‘house brother’ if the claims of the ex-wife of Mr. Liang, the manager of a State-owned telecommunications company, are true.

Liang, 36, has an income of just 20,000 yuan a month but has acquired 20 properties worth a total of 40 million yuan, according to Southern Metropolis Daily. In 2011, he married Luohu-based middle school teacher Ms. Wang after knowing her for eight months.

On December 6 last year, Liang filed for divorce in Luohu District due to irreconcilable differences. Wang demanded 500,000 yuan as part of the divorce, but the court ordered him to pay her just 93,000 yuan.

In reaction to the unsatisfactory settlement, a big red sign was put up on a street in Futian District Tuesday accusing Liang of illegally acquiring the wealth.

Wang claimed responsibility for the sign, and alleged that Liang acquired most of the wealth between 2004 and 2006 when regulations were mosre lax and houses were cheaper than they are now.


4 women mutilated in Shenzhen; it’s believed they are connected to a nightclub in Luohu

Posted: 06/28/2012 7:00 am

Four women, all of whom were performers in a nightclub, were murdered in the past 15 days in Shenzhen’s Luohu District, according to local media. Their bodies were chopped to pieces and disposed of into the sewage system. Two men have been arrested on suspicion of the murders.

When it was reported that sewage pipes below the district’s Chunfeng Road were blocked, workers discovered that mutilated human corpses had been disposed there. Two men who live in the Chanfengwan residential area are thought to be responsible, according to local print media.

On June 12, a man surnamed Chen reported his wife, surnamed Tan, missing at the district’s Nanhu Police Station. Her phone had been switched off since June 7 and they had not made contact since. Police made the case one of their top priorities when two more women, who lived in the same area and did the same job as Tan, were reported missing on the 19th and 20th respectively.

On June 21, two suspects, one surnamed Xie and one surnamed Lin were arrested, and murder weapons were found in their possession. It emerged that the men were pretending to recruit women from Bida’ao night club, and they would later murder them. The recruitment sign is still on the wall outside the club.

Neighbours expressed their disbelief at what had happened, with one woman saying she feared for her own safety.

Anybody who believes they can help the investigation is encouraged to call 3331123.

The nightclub Bida'ao


Shenzhen taxi driver returns 5.37 million RMB cash

Posted: 06/13/2012 1:00 pm

In the past year, many people in China have been talking about a decline in public morals. One prominent example was the incident in which 2 year-old Wang Yue was run over and left for dead. Literary wunderkind Han Han has publicly thanked Hong Kong and Taiwan for “protecting Chinese civilization,” as morals decline on the mainland.

But there have also been examples of selfless behaviour on the Chinese mainland. Last week, bus driver Wu Bin was given a large funeral in Hangzhou for showing exceptional composure in ensuring the safety of others after being fatally wounded. There was also the 29 year-old middle school teacher, Zhang Lili, who lost both legs while rescuing two students from being run over by a bus.

Now there is the Shenzhen taxi driver Li Dongying. Han Han cited an example of a Taiwan taxi driver who returned his lost mobile phone to illustrate that Taiwanese were more generous than mainlanders. But Li returned something considerably more valuable than a mobile phone.

On Sunday night at 11:37, a Hong Kong man identified as Mr Zhang, while talking on his phone and in a hurry to get to his hotel, left a suitcase containing 150,000 US dollars and 550,000 Euros in a taxi with the license plate number B394T1. As soon as he noticed the suitcase, driver Li went to Nanhu Police Station which was the closest one to the Day’s Inn Hotel in Luohu District at which Zhang was staying. When Li got there, he noticed that Zhang was already at the station reporting the loss, according to The Daily Sunshine.

On receiving the money, which was essential to his manufacturing business, Zhang exclaimed that Shenzhen was a city full of good people, and extended his thanks to Li. Li downplayed the incident, saying he was simply doing his duty. He told the Daily Sunshine that he often sees passengers leave things behind, and always returns them because failing to do so “could ruin somebody’s life.”

On first noticing the bag, Li opened it to see what was in it. He then called his company and asked for advice on what to do.

According to local television, taxi drivers are legally obliged to return lost items to passengers, but would you, on discovering the contents of Zhang’s suitcase, have shown such integrity?

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