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National Day Earthquake Strikes Sichuan

Posted: 10/1/2014 5:05 pm
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Yuexiu County, Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan

A 5.0 earthquake hit Sichuan Province this morning, shaking buildings and knocking items off shelves. Fortunately there are no reports of any deaths, reports the People’s Daily Online.

The State Seismological bureau said the earthquake stuck Yuexi county in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture today at 9:23am. The epicenter was 15,000 meters below the surface 39 kilometers from Yuexi County.

The Liangshan fire department has been dispatched to Baoshi and Gu’er, the villages hit hardest by the earthquake.

Photo: Xinhuanet

[Photos] A Whole Mall in China Dedicated to Fake Brand Names

Posted: 07/11/2014 9:03 am

sichuan fake brands counterfeit retail lots signsA brand name makes things better, doesn’t it? Why buy generic when you can put your trust in a prestigious, well-known brand?

A vacant retail space in Chengdu, Sichuan, agrees. But it seems no well-known brands have decided to rent space in the mall yet, so the mall went ahead and used the next best thing: fake brand names and logos.

So to help draw attention to the vacant retail lots still awaiting their first client, the 300 meter long street is adorned with brand names that seem oddly familiar.

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Not pictured are a sign with the “M” logo from McDonald’s turned upside down into a “W”, and a fake version of Pizza Hut called “Pizza Huta”.

When contacted by a reporter, the sales office for empty retail lots passed the buck by explaining the signs were already hanging there when they first tried selling them. When questioned, the property developer explained their motives:

In waiting for these stores to be rented, fake signs are hung to create a business ambiance for the contractor. Once these lots have been rented out, these signs will be taken down.

Ambiance: it’s only ever a fake brand name away.

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Photos: People’s Daily Online


More children found to be working in Shenzhen factories

Posted: 12/31/2013 10:00 am

A Hong Kong electronics company is suspected of employing more than 70 underage workers in Shenzhen, China Labour Bulletin reports. The workers came from the Yi ethnic group in the remote mountainous region of Liangshan in Sichuan Province, which has been the source of several child-trafficking cases in recent years, according to local media.

The workers in their dorm, image courtesy of Nandu Daily

The bulletin has the harrowing details:

In this latest case, Shenzhen Click Technology reportedly recruited more than half of a group of around 130 children who were trafficked from their villages in Liangshan after the Yi New Year in November. Most of the child workers were girls, because, as one worker told the newspaper, they are “easier to manage.”

Another source told the newspaper that Click Technology usually employed 13- and 14-year-olds and that many of them stayed at the company for two to three years. “But this time,” the source said, “the kids are as young as 12-years-old, some even appear to be under ten.”

The girls initially claimed to be over the legal minimum working age of 16 but later admitted that: “We all came here when we finished the fifth or sixth grade. Most of us are around 12-years-old.”

The girls lived in cramped eight-bed dormitories and bought their lunch from a food vender across the street. The average shift at the factory was 12 hours: “It is very fast-paced on the assembly line, it is a very tiring job,” one girl said.

Meanwhile, the human resources manager at the company and the middleman, who brought the girls on a two-day train ride from Liangshan to Shenzhen, reportedly received a commission of 10,000 yuan per month for the overtime work done by the children.

Although it is not known whether any arrests have ever been made in these cases, there is a long history of factories in coastal boomtowns illegally recruiting underage workers from the Yi ethnic group.

In 2008, at least 167 trafficked child workers in Dongguan were rescued by the local authorities and sent back to Liangshan. Then in 2011, the media exposed another story of 21 adolescents who had been trafficked from Liangshan and sold to an electronics factory in Shenzhen’s Longgang district. The details of how the children were trafficked and the conditions they worked under were almost identical. And in 2012, the China Daily reported that a factory in Suzhou had employed more than ten child workers all of whom were from the Yi minority in Sichuan.

The company is being investigated.


Guy in Shenzhen stabbed 10 times while trying to protect girlfriend from perverts

Posted: 02/5/2013 7:00 am

A young man was stabbed ten times on Feb. 2 after he tried to stop two men from harassing his girlfriend as he was walking her to a bus station in Shenzhen, according to The Daily Sunshine. He is in stable condition and police in Baoan District are looking for the attackers.

At around 4:30 a.m., Xiao Yang was walking his girlfriend, Xiao Guo, to the bus station from which she intended to travel home to Sichuan Province for the Spring Festival holiday.

Two men approached them from behind and groped the 18 year-old Xiao Guo, but the couple didn’t get a good look at their faces because it was too dark.

Xiao Yang’s clothes that were taken off after he entered the hospital.

When they started harassing Xiao Guo, Xiao Yang tried to get the attention of passers-by, which seemed to provoke the attackers and draw their attention. They pulled out two knives and left Xiao Yang with three major stab wounds (two of which were on his back), and eight smaller stab wounds on the rest of his body.

Even after he was wounded, he attempted to chase the men. He underwent four hours of surgery at the hospital.

Police said yesterday that there are two suspects they are particularly interested in talking two, but they had not yet found them.
Xiao Yang will not get to see his family this Spring Festival as they are in Sichuan.


7 primary school kids from Sichuan have been lured to work in a Dongguan factory

Posted: 12/6/2012 1:22 pm

A photo of one of the girls which was uploaded as part of the initial Sina Weibo post.

Seven female primary school students have been enticed into working in a Dongguan toy factory after being driven in a van from their native Liangshan in Sichuan Province. Authorities in both cities are now conducting a search for the girls, according to Southern Metropolis Daily.

Interestingly, it was a post on Sina Weibo that spurred authorities in the remote part of Sichuan into action.

After a December 4 post on Sina Weibo claimed the seven girls had been taken away in a van on Sunday, authorities in Zhaojue County, where the girls went to school, confirmed that they were missing.The post has been forwarded almost 9,000 times.

A teacher from the school, who refused to be named, said the girls ranged in age from 11 to 14 and none of them were particularly good students.

The Liangshan Public Security Bureau began conducting a search yesterday. After one of the girls called home, authorities in Zhaojue were able to verify that the girls were in Dongguan, confirming some of what the initial microblog post had claimed.

A further investigation was able to verify that the girls are working illegally in a toy factory in the city but are safe.

Authorities are confident they will find the girls and bring them home, but their future is highly unlikely to be rosy.

The county is dirt poor and agriculture is the only source of income. A farmer in the county can expect to earn around 923 yuan a year. The girls’ school is the most prestigious in the area but that says very little as all but a tiny few students are expected to start working at 15 or 16 years old.

In 2008, 76 students went missing from the county, the youngest of which was 7. Forty-two are known to have started working in factories.


Chef Ken Hom cooks up a TV treat in Guangzhou

Posted: 05/6/2012 11:41 am

Chef Ken Hom filming in Shamian Island

World famous chef and television personality Ken Hom appeared in Guangzhou for the filming of a BBC documentary.

The 63-year-old was spotted last month by The Nanfang shooting the last leg of the Eat, Drink, Cook China in Guangzhou’s well-known historical hotspot Shamian Island in Liwan district.

Billed as an “epic culinary adventure,” the American-born Chinese chef is returning to his ancestral roots with co-host Ching-He Huang, 33, on a journey sampling a range of original dishes and flavours across the country.

From Beijing in the north, to Sichuan province in the west, to Guangzhou, Hom described his travels as a “great discovery” in which he has come across “fantastic food” on his trip.

He added: “I’ve travelled to China many times but this time I’ve discovered food from the four corners of China.”

The chef also said he felt “of all the places in China,” at home in Guangdong province – where he can trace back his ancestry to the coastal city of Taishan.

His new television show – four one-hour programmes – on BBC Two, coincides with the release of his new book, co-authored by Huang, will be released in June.

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