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Trending on Weibo: Cop in Guangzhou pulls a gun on drunk driver in a Porsche

Posted: 02/1/2013 9:29 am

One topic is running wild on Weibo right now, and it has to do with Guangzhou’s finest.

Around midnight two nights ago, Guangzhou traffic cops began patrolling and checking for drunk drivers in Pearl River New Town (Zhujiang Xincheng) in Guangzhou. Around 2 am on Thursday morning, a dark red Porsche Cayenne stopped about 100 metres away from the traffic police.

When the police walked up to the vehicle, the Porsche abruptly threw it into reverse and began moving away. There were policemen at the end of the road trying to stop the car, but the Porsche showed no indications it would slow down and tried to escape.  The policemen then pulled his gun from his holster, pointed it at the driver, and ordered him to stop.

According to witnesses, the driver was so drunk that you could smell the alcohol emanating from the vehicle. The driver obeyed the order to stop and did a breathalyzer test, which showed he was inebriated. The police then took away his driver’s license for six months.  Needless to say, the driver wasn’t impressed and his friends in the car said he lives abroad, and was unaware of China’s strict drunk driving laws.

The driver is around 40 years old.

The news story has seemingly set Weibo on fire, with millions of comments and re-posts.  Sina launched a pool asking netizens if traffic police should be able to point their guns at drunk drivers.

Over 90% of respondents (at the time of this writing) say they have absolutely no problem with that, with less than 10% saying it is “too scary” and unnecessary. So far, almost 24,000 people have taken part in the survey.

Source: Nanfang Daily


A chance to leave your legacy in Guangzhou

Posted: 03/6/2011 7:00 am

Most of us aren’t living here forever, and would like to be remembered when we’re gone (for doing something good, for a change). Now you can.

Guangzhou has been steadily building up its Pearl River New Town, or Zhujiang New City, or Zhujiang New Town (I’ve heard it called so many things) over the past several years in an effort to move downtown away from the Guangzhou East Railway Station in Tianhe. Zhujiang New Town is a beautiful area of gleaming highrises, and seems a bit more planned out. But a new Central Business District can’t launch without a proper logo, right? This is where you might come in:

A global solicitation for Tianhe CBD’s logo design was revealed early today by Guangzhou Tianhe CBD Management Committee. Tianhe CBD, commonly known as Zhujiang New Town CBD, is a convergence of more than 80 top grade business buildings, covering more than 10 million square meters. It also houses about 120 financial institutions as well as most of the headquarters for large corporations.

The reward varies from RMB 20,000 for the 1st Prize (one person), RMB 5,000 for the 2nd Prizes (2 people) and RMB 2,000 for the 3rd Prizes (5 people). The deadline of the solicitation is 12:00 a.m., March 15.

The specific name “广州市天河中央商务区 Guangzhou Tianhe Central Business District” (广州天河CBD or GZTH CBD in short) is required in the logo design.

So get out your pencils, colouring sets, iPads, or whatever it is people use these days to design great new things. RMB 20,000 pales in comparison to the fact your design (and you) will go down in history as the official logo for the CBD, right? Oh, one other thing… you’d better get cracking, because the deadline for submissions is March 15.

You can submit your finished work to the Guangzhou Tianhe CBD Management Committee (Room 6013 Tianhe District Government Building 2, No.1 Tianfu Road) marked as “广州天河CBD标识征集(TIANHE CBD LOGO SOLICITATION)”.

You can also email it to [email protected] or [email protected]. If you have questions, you can call the hotline at 86-020-38622872 or visit the contest website (in Chinese) at:

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