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Foreigner in Shenzhen heading to jail… for driving without a license

Posted: 11/19/2013 10:00 am

After being stopped by police, image courtesy of Sina Weibo

It’s common for foreigners in China to drive a car or motorcycle without a license, but a few will probably be questioning their decision after a New Zealander was jailed for 15 days for failing to have the proper documents.

The law is quite strict and gives police the authority to detain those driving without a license, but they do have discretion. Many foreigners have been let off the hook because police can’t be bothered to get translators and processing them is just too ma fan.

This particular foreigner wasn’t so lucky. He was caught by traffic police in Shenzhen’s Nanshan District on Friday (Nov. 15) riding a motorcycle without a license, Shenzhen Traffic Police reported on their microblog.

According to the cops, after the man was stopped on Taizi (Prince Edward) Road, he was found to only possess a C1 driving license, which does not enable him to ride a motorcycle.

Explaining himself to the cops, image courtesy of Sina Weibo

Despite him being detained, 15 days in the clink won’t make him among the Pearl River Delta’s more long-term prisoners.  However, even if he had had a license, the vehicle itself may have been illegal as Shenzhen has been cracking down on the use of e-bikes for several years.


Markets caught selling fake mutton to street vendors in Shenzhen

Posted: 05/14/2013 7:00 am

In recent weeks, consumers in other parts of the country have found that rat meat was being sold as mutton in the country. Despite the Market Supervision Authority saying they had found nothing similar in Shenzhen, reporters from the Southern Metropolis Daily found late last week that three wholesale markets in the city were selling fake mutton.

Most of the mutton was being sold to street vendors.

Fake mutton sold at Nanshan Farm Produce Wholesale Market, said to be from New Zealand, was actually locally-produced duck meat, one wholesaler admitted.

Shenzhen Daily has more:

The shop owner also admitted that Shenzhen had similar problems a few years ago, when mouse meat was frequently passed off as mutton. She said the meat, which tastes equally good, had never been found to be problematic during her time in business.

Wholesaler Lisheng Food was also selling sliced mutton made from duck meat. Packets of adulterated mutton were also removed from the shelves of Futian Farm Produce Wholesale Market after the wholesaler admitted it was actually duck meat.

Food safety scandals have been common in recent years. One of the most sensational instances this year was when a rat’s head was found in the food of a school canteen in Zhejiang Province.

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