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Tonnes of Dongguan Gutter Oil Processed & Sold By Unlicensed Companies

Posted: 09/10/2014 10:00 am

A woman is processing gutter oil.

While Taiwan is scrambling to contain the aftermath of its recent gutter oil scandal, Dongguan is facing a scandal of its own, as reported by Nandu. It alleges that the city produced nearly 4,000 tones of gutter oil a month, with approximately 3,000 tonnes ending up on dining tables, which far outnumbers the 700 tonnes exposed in Taiwan.

According to an unidentified executive from Zhongyou Zaozhi Company, the city’s only legally licensed processor of gutter oil (which turns oil from kitchen waste and slaughterhouse byproducts into fatty acid and industrial soybean oil), the company can barely collect 1,000 tonnes out of the total 4,000 tonnes produced. The remaining 3,000 tonnes is collected by more than 10 unlicensed companies, either from the city or manufacturers from nearby Shenzhen, Huizhou and Zengcheng, to process and sell to restaurants or other retailers.

Collecting the oil is not always an easy job. Workers from Zhongyou Zaozhi company explained that some gutter oil collectors had resolved to fight for the profitable, substandard oil. One worker, Xiaodu, said in May that he was threatened by illegal oil collectors from Shenzhen. His nose was injured after telling them that they did not have the right to collect the oil in Dongguan.

Gutter oil seized in Beijing in 2010.

According to the report, high profits are fueling the gutter oil market. One tonne of the oil can be sold for nearly RMB 4,000 ($652), while the cost of collection and processing is less than RMB 1,000 ($163). In total, illegal gutter oil collectors can receive RMB 3,000 in profits ($489).

We don’t know what the health risks are in consuming the oil; but, researchers are apparently working around the clock to find the answer. As reports of food safety scandals continue to develop, we see a bright future for Baidu’s newly-unveiled smart chopsticks, which are said to be able to sense if the food you eat is made with gutter oil. At this rate, we can say this may be the most anticipated new product in China.

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Chinese Police Catch Taiwanese Fraud Suspect On The Run for 16 Years

Posted: 09/8/2014 10:00 am

Two Taiwanese suspects arrested by mainland police.

A Taiwan-born suspect who fled the island 16 years ago has been arrested by police in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, China News reported on September 7.

The suspect, identified by his surname Guo, is accused of fraud involving RMB 36 million and has been on the Fujian Police Department’s wanted list since 1998, said the city’s Gongbei police at a press briefing on September 6.

Guo was also listed on China’s “Hunting Fox 2014”, a police operation that targets suspects of white collar crime on the run overseas. Guo was arrested on August 30 in one of the city’s residential areas. In addition, a Macau-born suspect hiding in China was also arrested on the same day in the city, the report said.

On the back of improved cross-strait relations, a 2009 extradition treaty signed between the Mainland and Taiwan has been extremely effective at helping coordinate police raids, extradite criminals, combat fraud, drug-smuggling and counterfeit currency, reported AFP. Since the signing of the agreement, nearly 6,000 suspects have been arrested, including the infamous Chang An-lo, also known as the “white tiger”, a gang leader who was extradited to Taiwan in 2013.

As a result of the treaty, Taiwan’s fraud cases have dropped 54.3 percent from 38,802 cases worth NT$10.27 billion in 2009 to 17,744 cases worth NT$3,77 billion last year, the news agency said.




Largest Bust of Mainland Prostitutes in Taiwan’s History

Posted: 09/8/2014 8:00 am

mainland prostitutes in Taiwan

Twenty-four people were arrested in an underground Taiwanese prostitution ring that recruited women from mainland China, reports News 163. The bust is said to be the largest capture ever of mainland prostitutes on Taiwanese soil.

Suspects arrested in the early morning police raid included 12 mainland women who are suspected of servicing up to 110 clients during their 14 day stay in Taiwan.

One suspect was described as a housewife, and another was described as a 20 year-old, second-year art student from Zhejiang who started prostituting herself to buy luxury items, such as Louis Vuitton handbags.

mainland prostitutes in Taiwan

Police accused Wu Zonghan, 55, and his 28 year-old mainland girlfriend, Peng Yurong, of recruiting mainland Chinese women to fly to Taiwan to engage in prostitution.

The ring had been in operation for approximately one year and involved some 100 mainland women. The women earned about RMB 500,000 in one day, and accumulated a grand total of nearly RMB 100 million.

mainland prostitutes in Taiwan


Photos: 163

Taiwan TV: “Chinese Blue Collar Workers Can’t Afford Home Computers”

Posted: 08/13/2014 9:15 am

taiwan computer show 03

Who knew tech talk could be so sassy? A Taiwanese news report insinuating Chinese blue collar workers are too poor to afford home computers has, predictably, ruffled a few feathers.

The story, posted by Sina News Video, involves an August 6th discussion between the television host and a computer expert about smart phone trends in mainland China. The interview appears relatively harmless, until the computer expert is asked to explain the mainland popularity of smartphones, particularly as a device used to access the Internet. That’s when this little gem of an exchange occurred:

Computer expert:
The poverty gap is especially wide on the mainland, and some people at the blue collar level aren’t able to purchase personal computers.

Using a phone to surf the internet is cheaper, and so has become popularized with the mainland public.

If you read that comment as an insinuation that “Chinese mainlanders can’t afford computers because they are poor”, you’re not the only one.

The reaction to this story has been swift as many mainland Chinese were apparently very hurt by the comments.

taiwan computer show

Here is a taste of the uproar:

Not worthy of being called the same people. Both mainland and Taiwan experts are good at farting!

Haha, nowadays every household in every village has a computer.

A (laptop) computer only costs three to four thousand yuan, while a smart phone requires five to six thousand yuan.

Citizens of Taipei like to show off the limits of their IQ.

As yours truly, esq, can’t even afford to buy a tea egg, what’s the point of bringing up computers and phones?

That man is an alien.

I’m guessing that many of these comments have been misled. Please take another look at the video! [sweat.emo]

We last saw a number of overly sarcastic comments in China after one person in Taiwan suggested that many mainlanders are too poor to purchase a tea egg.



Jeremy Lin Cancels China Tour After Trade To The LA Lakers

Posted: 07/12/2014 11:22 pm

jeremy lin china tourJeremy Lin has prematurely stopped his tour of China in order to fly back to the USA where he was traded to the LA Lakers, reports ESPN.

According to a source, the Houston Rockets have agreed to trade Lin and a first-round draft pick to the LA Lakers. The move comes as several trade rumors have swirled around Lin.

Lin apologized to his fans for cancelling the tour and having to return to the US to “take care of some business” on his Weibo account, but promised to come back soon. He seemed to earn quite a bit of sympathy, judging by the comments:

Welcome to the LA Lakers!

Are you going to blow out the Rockets?

Fine then, I can become a Lakers fan then.

Will you understand if I speak in Chinese? “Lin, in getting rid of the Rockets, I wish you good luck.”

Jiayou! (Pump up! Let’s go!)

If there’s any way, can you send me a pair of running shoes?

(We want you to know) we understand.

The big show at the Lakers, congratulations!

You can change your (Weibo) avatar now.

With the Lakers, you should be happy. [sadface.emo] (This comment received 67 upvotes)

Learn well from (LA point guard Steve) Nash!!

Lin’s tour had stops planned in Guangzhou and Dongguan, the latter being where Lin had played a few games with the Dongguan Leopards in 2011. It’s also where Lin has aspirations to open a basketball school.

Photo: Jeremy Lin Weibo


Going Lin-sane: Jeremy Lin Coming to Guangzhou and Dongguan

Posted: 07/7/2014 1:27 pm

jeremy lin china tourHey, PRD: Are you ready to go Lin-sane? Taiwanese-American basketball sensation Jeremy Lin will soon be coming to Guangzhou and Dongguan as part of his week-long China tour, reports China Post.

Lin announced his arrival in China yesterday on his Weibo account.

Dongguan serves as a homecoming of sorts for Lin, who played a few games with the Dongguan Leopards in 2011. He also returned to the city in 2012 to give a four-day basketball training camp as a precursor to the opening of a fully-fledged basketball school in the city.

Lin begins his ten-day tour of China in Beijing, with other stops scheduled in Wuhan and Shanghai. The Houston Rockets point guard will then travel to Taiwan for a week-long stay starting on July 16.

The China tour takes place at a time when trade rumors have been especially strong concerning Lin. The Milwaukee Bucks and the Philadelphia 76ers are reported to be trying to court Lin while the Houston Rockets have openly tried to enlist the services of Anthony Carmelo.

As per his signed contract, Lin is to be paid $15 million to play for the Houston Rockets next season.


Photo: Weibo


Viral Video of the Day: No-Hands Pants Dance Is the New “Deal With It”

Posted: 07/1/2014 10:47 am

no hands pants dance final countdownPeople of the internet: today is an excellent day not just because it’s the 93rd anniversary of the Communist Party of China, nor the 17th anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong back to China, but because the Chinese internet has been blessed by receiving what hopes to be the start of its very own “Deal with it” meme.

Youtube user “Had Enough?” has a comedy channel where he recently published the following video. In it, he miraculously puts on pants without using his hands:

We’ve seen GIFs of “Had Enough?”‘s exceptional ability, but the real appreciation comes with the epic background accompaniment of Final Countdown as he stretches his hands in preparation.

no hands pants dance final countdown

While we stare slack-jawed in amazement at the 1% who put their pants on both legs at a time, we should keep in mind that this video is a challenge to everyone who watches it. The title at the beginning reads:

The Highest Level of Competition Between Rivals
in “The Putting on of the Pants”

Also used as the title for the movie The Prestige, “The Highest Level of Competition Between Rivals” is a series of Youtube shorts in which “Had Enough?” completes silly feats, and then issues a challenge, seen here at the end of the video.

Putting on pants without using hands: can you?

no hands pants dance final countdownUpon success, “Had Enough?” adopts a kung-fu pose as Final Countdown starts up again. At this point, pixelated sunglasses that float down from above seems so millennial.

no hands pants dance final countdown

no hands pants dance final countdown


Photos: screenshots from Youtube


Guangzhou Expats Get Embroiled in Cross-Straits Tea Leaf Egg Feud

Posted: 04/3/2014 8:24 am

Taiwan students might be busy sitting out in front of the government building protesting a trade pact with China, but their Chinese counterparts are fuming over a controversy involving the tea leaf egg, a hard-boiled brownish egg flavored with tea leaves, soy sauce and other herbs.

It all started a few days ago when a comment from a Taiwan TV commentator surfaced online. The commentator said most Chinese can’t afford to eat a tea leaf egg, a popular snack in the Greater China region that normally costs around one renminbi ($0.16). The comment was seen by Chinese as a proof of wide misconceptions held by Taiwanese toward China, which has paddled out of Mao’s protracted poverty to become an economic powerhouse.

Netizens from China’s social media went along with the too-poor-for-a-tea leaf egg comment and pretended to revere the egg as the new symbol of wealth. A Weibo user named Ok-lee wrote: “My mother sold all her jewelry and dowry, and my father sold his house and even asked for a bank loan to buy me this tea leaf egg. How can I ever repay my parents!”

Now even foreigners have decided to join the cross-strait feud.

Three laowai in Guangzhou, all dressed in eye-catching traditional Chinese garb, were seen giving away free tea leaf eggs to local residents outside of a MTR station in Guangzhou on April 1, 21CN reported.

While freely giving away the eggs to passers-by, one expat promoted the eggs in standard Mandarin by saying: “A single tea leaf egg is worth five phones, five iPhones, and a BMW. All of that is worth this (holds up a tea leaf egg).” (The video can be watched here.)


Home page and content page credit: Guangdong TV 



Guangdong schools introducing textbooks from Taiwan

Posted: 10/7/2013 11:00 am

Selected high schools in Guangdong will use textbooks from Taiwan that teach traditional Chinese culture. This is part of a pilot scheme that policymakers hope will help narrow the gap between Taiwan and mainland China in knowledge of the subject, South China Morning Post reports.

Traditional Chinese culture is not pat of the gaokao and the selected institutions will be the first mainland schools to teach Confucian classics systematically. They include the Affiliated High School of South China Normal University; Shenzhen Middle School; Xinfeng County Number One Middle School in Shaoguan, and the Shenzhen High School of Science.

The paper has more:

Nanfang Daily reported recently that a modified version of an introductory course on Chinese traditional culture will be introduced in some Guangdong high schools.

The two-part course, comprising 22 units, will focus on the Four Books of Confucianism: The Great Learning, The Doctrine of the Mean, Analects and Mencius.

Zhu Ziping, principal of the Affiliated High School of South China Normal University, said the school had offered Chinese studies as an elective subject for junior and high school students since the 1990s.

But a lack of systematic textbooks had always been an issue, and students had to supplement their courses by going online to conduct research or find relevant texts.

“This series of textbooks will fill a lot of blanks in [traditional Chinese studies education] on the mainland,” Zhu said.

Professor Chu Zhaohui, a researcher at the National Institute of Education Sciences, welcomed the initiative.

“Taiwan has been outstanding in fostering Chinese studies. This will raise the mainland’s level of education in this subject, and that is a good thing,” he said.

While some private publishers on the mainland have tried producing similar textbooks, they remain untested by large numbers of students and teachers, Chu said.

“Taiwan, on the other hand, is very mature in this regard,” he added.

Dr Zhou Yun of South China University of Technology’s school of political sciences, said the inadequacy of traditional Chinese cultural education on the mainland was “almost pathetic” and the paper suggested the move may be too little too late.


Looking to cut costs, one reporter finds cheap living in Taipei

Posted: 07/22/2013 7:00 am

A reporter from The Daily Sunshine spent half a month in Taiwan after his friend, a long-term Shenzhen resident originally from Taipei, returned to his hometown after claiming living costs in Shenzhen were too high.

Initially sceptical about his friend’s claim, the reporter concluded that his friend, Mr Zeng who lived in Shenzhen for 20 years, had a point in saying that prices in Taipei are more reasonable.

After following Zeng to Taipei, the reporter noted that a respectably-sized portion of beef chow mein cost 50 NT (10.24 RMB) and a large enough portion for two to three people cost 90 NT.

The reporter went on to claim that a quality portion of beef chow mein would cost at least 33 yuan in Shenzhen. He later said he had a filling meal on Shaoxing South Street for the equivalent of 10.4 yuan.

As for the price of vegetables, although prices increased in the immediate aftermath of Typhoon Soulik, they have already returned to normal. And according to Taiwan’s Ministry of Agriculture, of the 110 major types of vegetable available in Taiwan, 72 have decreased in price since a year ago, 34 have increased and four have stayed the same.

He also observed that broadband and mobile internet are cheaper in Taiwan. It cost just 900 NT for an international phone card and that included a month of high-speed mobile internet.

Also, oil is cheaper in Taiwan than in many mainland provinces after prices decreased in Taiwan and increased in mainland China in the first half of this year. In Taiwan, a litre of No. 92 unleaded gasoline costs 6.82 RMB, 0.3 RMB more expensive than a litre of No. 90 unleaded gasoline in Shenzhen.

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