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Four Guangdong students banned from taking gaokao

Posted: 05/5/2012 1:04 pm

For millions of teenagers in the mainland, the National College Entrance Examination, more commonly known as the gaokao, is the most critical point in their formal education. However, four students in Guangdong have been automatically disqualified from this year’s English speaking and listening segments after leaking key information online.

According to the Guangdong Education and Examinations Authority, answers of the listening and speaking part of the English segment of this year’s gaokao were released on April 24th, the four students’ are thought to be responsible and have been banned from taking the examination this year. It is the first case of its kind in Guangdong.

As reported by the Southern Metropolis Daily, the four students spread rumors on Sina Weibo after the exam saying that the invigilator had even helped them copy answers.

The Education and Examinations Authority has investigated it and verified that what they said was untrue. The four students were simply expressing anger about the poor quality of the examination method.

Starting last year, the listening and speaking section of the English segment, which accounts for 10 percent of the total mark, was separated from the reading and writing.

The spokesperson of Guangdong Education and Examinations Authority explained that, while the students would automatically fail this part of their test, they could still take the written English test in early June.


15 year old dresses in schoolgirl uniform to solicit sex, says “anything better than being poor”

Posted: 05/3/2012 11:59 pm

Police arrested two teenaged girls – one of them only 15 – in Foshan last week after they found the girls soliciting sex, according to the Southern Metropolis Daily.

The two girls wore uniforms from the local technical school in Sanshui District and reported to their 23-year old female ringleader known as “Hei Mei”.  The girls both admitted they were ashamed of their profession, but had no other source of income.  They said they could demand a high price if they went out dressed as school girls, with one of them saying “anything is better than being poor”.

This isn’t the first time young teenaged girls have been found soliciting sex.  A similar case was reported in Shanghai last fall.



Don’t be bringing cyanide, explosives, or firearms on public transport in Shenzhen

Posted: 07/14/2011 11:05 am

Beijingers will be very familiar with this: tighter and tighter restrictions ahead of an international sporting event. Having lived in Beijing during the Olympics in 2008, I can say, humbly, that Beijing’s restrictions were much worse than what’s been happening in Shenzhen so far. Back then, even outdoor eating areas or beer gardens were closed for security reasons, in the middle of summer!

Nonetheless, if you ride the Shenzhen Metro (be careful of those pesky escalators), you’ll have already noticed some enhanced security measures. This is now going to be spread to all forms of public transport in Shenzhen, according to a report in the Southern Metropolis Daily (南方都市报) so kindly translated by @MissXQ:

Shenzhen will extend security checks from the subway to all kinds of public transportation, such as buses, intercity buses, travel vans and taxis from August 1st to 25th, according to a joint announcement from the Shenzhen Municipal Public Security Bureau and Transport Commission of Shenzhen Municipality.

Nine classification of items are not allowed to be brought on board public transportation by passengers.

Seems straight forward, right? Well, here are the nine categories:

  • firearms, military or police weapons
  • explosives
  • control tools
  • flammable items
  • toxic chemicals: including cyanide, pesticides and other highly toxic or corrosive materials
  • substances including sulfuric acid, hydrochloric acid, nitric acid, liquid batteries, sodium hydroxide, potassium hydroxide, and more
  • radioactive substances: radioisotopes such as radioactive substances
  • anything that may endanger flight safety or interfere with the normal functioning of the various instruments of an aircraft, strong magnetic material, or a material with a strong or irritating smell
  • the provisions of state laws and regulations of other normally prohibited goods for transport

I’m not sure if carrying radioactive material in a Shenzhen taxi was a pressing social issue that needed attention, but there you have it. If you have any stories or good photos of intense security in Shenzhen in the lead-up to the Universiade, send us a quick email to let us know.

Be safe out there.


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