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Mushroom cloud over Panyu after explosion at construction site, there were no casualties

Posted: 06/20/2013 6:01 pm

There was a mushroom cloud over Panyu in Guangzhou this morning after an explosion at a construction site. No casualties were reported, Guangzhou Daily said on its microblog.

The mushroom cloud, courtesy of Sina Weibo

12 firetrucks and 78 firefighters were deployed after the explosion shortly after 8 a.m. The fire was under control within an hour.

Although there were no casualties, parents of students at the nearby Clifford International School are worried about the pollution.

The cause of the explosion is being investigated. Investigators are particularly keen to know what foam insulation material was being used on the site.


Father sells his son, police find the toddler months later and reunite him with mom

Posted: 03/12/2013 10:49 am

Police in Guangzhou have reunited a three-year-old boy with his mother after his father sold him six months earlier, earning a handsome 25,000 yuan ($4,019).

It has been an agonizing wait as the police team from Panyu district finally tracked Xiang Xiang down in neighbouring Hunan province.

The father, Deng, 25, a migrant worker from Guizhou province, finally found his conscience, and on January 5 confessed what he did to police, four months after he had gone through with the transaction.

Boys are highly sought after in China. They sell for as much as 10,000 yuan ($1,607) because they continue to carry the family name. Beijing’s One-Child policy is blamed for driving up the price.

No doubt, both parents will be relieved and overjoyed. With Xiang now safely with his mother Hu, police have arrested Deng along with two of the buyers. Police are continuing with their efforts in searching for the third.

This case echoes a similar story from October 21 when a couple from Huizhou cashed in all three of their children in exchange for more money to play online games at the internet café.

Source: Guangzhou Daily via China Daily


Dog runs into Guangzhou subway tunnel forcing train delay

Posted: 02/19/2013 7:00 am

On Sunday morning, which for many was the first day of work after the Spring Festival holiday, Guangzhou Metro Line 3 was delayed for around 40 minutes after 7:20 a.m. when a dog ran into the tunnel, Yangcheng Evening News reports. The dog didn’t survive.

Initially, LED screens at stations along the line, which runs from Panyu Square to Tianhe Coach Terminal, said the delay had been caused by an “information failure,” but there was no subsequent announcement as many commuters returned to the surface to get a taxi.

One Panyu resident told Guangzhou Daily that his commute from Panyu Square to Xiajiao along the line usually takes 20 minutes. That morning it took over an hour, causing him to receive a fine for being late for work.

When the dog was found it had no collar and was feared dangerous. It was surrounded by Metro workers and beaten to death.

It is not yet known how the dog entered the tunnel, but a worker surnamed Ye said it was safe to say that it entered at one of the stations where the trains arrive on the surface rather than underground.


Abusive teacher jailed for six and a half years for dropping Yaoyao on her head

Posted: 12/14/2012 7:00 am

Xu being escorted into the courtroom.

A female teacher was sentenced to six and a half years in jail yesterday after she punished a 4 year-old student by turning her upside down and dropping her on her head, according to Southern Metropolis Daily.

After we told you in October of the horrific injuries that the four year-old Yaoyao had sustained, outcry spread across the country over this and several other high-profile cases of child abuse.

Last month an op-ed in Shenzhen Daily called for reforms to China’s pathetic child protection laws that enabled a 20 year-old kindergarten teacher to escape jail time after abusing students in creative and horrific ways.

The sentencing of the teacher, surnamed Xu, at Panyu District Court sends out a message to other teachers who attempt corporal punishment.

The incident took place on the morning of Feb. 7 this year when, after repeated disobedience, Xu committed the act of abuse and Yaoyao was left lying unconscious on the floor.

On Oct. 10, Xu admitted to inappropriately lifting the student but insisted that dropping her was an accident.

Judges at the court explained that the sentence was so long because Xu was in a position of particular trust at Guangzhou Panyu Zihui Children’s Rehabilitation Centre and the child, who was not responsible for her own actions, sustained such serious injuries.


Fake chicken wings appear in Guangzhou with a “gummy” texture

Posted: 08/16/2012 10:36 am

It seems not a day goes by without some kind of food scare, which many foreigners have cited as a primary reason to leave China.  Just this year, we’ve heard stories of gutter oil being re-used, bamboo shoots being washed in toilet water, and bad pork being sold in the PRD.  Now we learn this: some chicken wings being sold in Guangzhou might be fake — and dangerous.

The Yangcheng Evening News interviewed a Guangzhou citizen named Mr. Gu, who lives in Panyu District.  He told the paper he bought fake chicken wings at the Qinghe market in Panyu a couple of weeks ago.

According to the paper, Mr. Gu purchased a big bag of chicken wings for RMB20, which came from Weifang in Shandong Province. A few days later, Mr. Gu’s mother cooked the chicken wings for about 20 minutes but they found the colour hadn’t changed.  When Mr. Gu took a bite, he found them hard to chew.  He felt they had been cooked long enough, but they stir-fried them for another 10 minutes just to be sure.  Again, after taking a bite, he found they had a “gummy” texture and were hard to swallow.

Still, Mr. Gu and his family ate the wings, but felt sick the next day.  He then became suspicious about what he had eaten, so he called the manufacturer’s phone number listed on the bag of wings.  Unfortunately the person who answered the phone claimed to have no relationship with the manufacturer, and knew nothing.

The paper learned that several people have complained about the quality of the wings at Qinghe market.  One expert told the paper the wings Mr. Gu purchased are not “fake”, per se, but poor quality wings injected with water and gelatin to appear meatier.  Further, the man said these poor quality wings are common, and usually sold to fast food restaurants or market stalls.

The reporter from the paper went to the market undercover, and found several stalls selling the Weifang-produced wings.  Shop sellers said the wings are “very popular” and they have sold several bags of them.  The reporter also tried to call the manufacturer’s phone number, but the woman who answered said she was just a shop clerk and had nothing to do with the manufacturing company.

The good news in all of this? The paper went to several popular supermarkets in Guangzhou and couldn’t find any Weifang-produced wings on sale.  Still, best to use caution: be careful where you choose to eat, and carefully inspect chicken wings before buying them.



A Whirlwind weekend in Guangzhou

Posted: 03/19/2012 4:59 pm

Jimmy "The Whirlwind" White taking aim

Fans of snooker legend Jimmy White take note: “The Whirlwind” is in talks to open up a club in Guangzhou owing to the popularity and success of the game in China.

He said: “I’m now talking about opening up a club in the city because snooker is just getting bigger and bigger in China.

“When we came to China in the eighties we’d drive two hours to find a snooker table to practice. Now they’re everywhere.”

The British potting star arrived in Panyu, southern Guangzhou, last weekend, treating fans to a masterclass – with some fans lucky to play a frame of pool against their hero – at a packed Tavern Sports Bar.

He may not be the first western professional to think about it. He may be one of the first to do it, but may not be the last to cash in on his sporting status and aid the game in the Far East.

Meanwhile, Guangzhou is slated to host an event next year, boosting the number of snooker tournaments in China attracting top talent, “The Whirlwind” hasn’t ruled out the game’s showpiece, the World Championship, being hosted in the mainland in the years to come.

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