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[Photos] Tencent’s New Guangzhou Offices Are 100% Awesome

Posted: 06/25/2014 1:29 pm

tencent guangzhou officeCheck out the new Guangzhou offices of internet behemoth Tencent, borne from six buildings that were once part of an old textile factory.

The new offices of the Shenzhen-based maker of the popular WeChat app are shown in a pictorial published in Business Insider. Eight-hundred Tencent employees will be enjoying things like a two-story slide to pop downstairs and a wall made out of plants.

We don’t see any Segways that are ubiquitous on high-tech campuses, but we’re still very impressed with this modern design that is practical, elegant, and doesn’t look like a kitchen instrument or a pair of pants.

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Photos: Business Insider


17 Year-Old Guangdong Girl Broadcasts Suicide Attempt Over WeChat

Posted: 05/30/2014 1:59 pm

girl wechat suicide attempt guangdong jiangmen drug breakup relationshipsDistraught over a failed relationship, a 17 year-old girl surnamed Fu
broadcast her suicide attempt online using the WeChat social media service, reports the Nandu.

READ: Guangdong Schoolgirl Attempts Suicide Because
Teacher Disapproved of Hairdo

After failing to win the affections of her love interest, Fu cut her wrists in a hotel room in Jiangmen, Guangdong at around 7:50pm on May 28. Fu posted pictures of her bloodied arm online as well as this text:

  • girl wechat suicide attempt guangdong jiangmen drug breakup relationshipsHalf of my heart is bleeding, half of my heart forgives.
  • How long will it take to forget you?
  • As much as this hurts, it doesn’t hurt as much as my heart hurts
  • What am I, in the end? I say other people are retarded, but I am also myself. Chen Xuanlin, I hate you.
  • I’m someone who has never done drugs before, but today, what else is there to do? I love you, Wenjie.
  • I love him, but he doesn’t love me. Love is always like that.
  • I won’t be so foolish again, won’t force it, forcing this won’t result in happiness, I won’t make you stay because of my tears.

An unidentified friend in Fu’s WeChat social circle saw the posts and had the following conversation with her:

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Friend: What are you up to?
Fu: Killing myself.
Friend: Sister, do you need me to call the police?
Fu: No need, I want to die.
Friend: Dying at such a young age is a tragedy. Where are you right now?
Fu: Haiyi Hotel, Room #505

The friend found Fu at the specified location and notified emergency services, who in turn were able to successfully rescue Fu.

READ: Threatening to Jump, Woman in Zhongshan
Falls Asleep During Suicide Attempt

Fu had used shards from a broken tea pot to make dozens of gashes into her left front forearm. Upon inspection, medical personnel say the cuts are not deep, and that the injuries are not life-threatening.

Police say that Fu had been using methamphetamine before the suicide attempt, but are unsure as to the source of the drug.

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Photos: Nandu


If you use WeChat, don’t do this

Posted: 01/20/2014 1:00 pm

Do you like to chat on QQ, WeChat and other messaging services? Do you have pet peeves in other people’s lack of “netiquette”? A People’s Daily online survey has revealed a list of the most objectionable expressions and emoticons in online communication of 2013. The worst expression is “阿阿” (oh) as it is perceived as dismissive or non-committal. Overuse of a similar expression “哦” even sparked a break-up in one case, Sanxiang Metropolis Daily reports.

The survey revealed that the four worst expressions are “哦”、“呵呵” and “额”、all of which roughly mean “oh” and the expression “你懂的” which means “you get it.” The four most annoying emoticons are the smily face, nose-picking, feces, and the one that symbolises lecherousness.

The most annoying emoticons.

A survey by Sanxiang Weekend on Jan. 6 produced slightly, but only slightly, different results. 40% of netizens thought “哦” was the most annoying expression and 60% thought the smily face was the most annoying emoticon.

One WeChat user “叶呆呆” (Ye Daidai) claimed to have left her boyfriend three months ago because of his overuse of the word “哦” in online communications. She is now back with the boyfriend, but if he uses the word again he will be back out the door, she told the survey.

Another WeChat user “匪夷所思” (Feiyi Suosi) told the survey: “The mere sight of the smily face emoticon makes me pull my hair out.” The user’s real name is Sun Haoxin and when he sees it in his job as a web designer he feels that it is more likely to be sarcastic than encouraging.

Another user named “菲尔” (fei’er) told the survey that use of the smiley face suggested a perfunctory and impatient attitude. The user said that he stops chatting with people when he sees them use it.

So what are your netiquette pet peeves? Are you ever guilty of these sins?


Girls at Zhongshan school forbidden from wearing coloured underwear

Posted: 10/21/2013 6:30 am

A secondary school in Zhongshan that checks and punishes female students who wear underwear that isn’t white or flesh coloured has been the talk of Sina Weibo in recent days, Epoch Times reports.

On October 15, a netizen on a local forum claiming to be from the art department of Zhongshan Technical Secondary School said teachers were checking whether female students were wearing non-white underwear (often in front of boys) and deducting grade points from those who were caught violating the rule, forcing some to write self-criticisms.

The story subsequently found its way onto WeChat and Sina Weibo. A host of major news organisations such as Guangdong Satellite Television then did their own investigation, confirming the claims.

Girls caught wearing black underwear are deducted one point from their final grade, those with rhinestones or lace on their underwear lose two points, and those with polka dots, stripes or leopard skin lose three points.

A teacher from the school told Guangdong Satellite Television that the school was simply trying to discourage its girls from wearing provocative clothing.

Apparently, inspecting the girls’ underwear in front of their male classmates is not provocative.


Guangzhou student murdered by fake “beautiful girl” he met on Momo

Posted: 09/4/2013 4:28 pm

It’s no secret that messaging services such as WeChat and Momo are commonly used for the purpose of hooking up. It’s also well known that those who are not careful about who they meet up with are asking for trouble.

These factors were behind what is shaping up to be one of the most bizarre muder cases of recent memory in Guangzhou, as Nandu Daily reported today.

Xiao Feng, who was in his second year at university, added what he thought was a beautiful girl on Momo on July 15. After flirting for four days they finally met up.

When they met, Xiao Feng saw that it was not a beautiful girl but a man named Mr. Zhou. Zhou smashed Xiao Feng over the head with a metal object and, after a struggle, stabbed him to death. It turns out that, although they didn’t know each other, the two men went to the same college.

Currently in police custody in Huadu District, Zhou told interrogators that he just wanted to know what it felt like to murder somebody. He joined Momo on July 14 and created a fake profile as a beautiful girl with the intent of murdering a man he lured. Psychiatrists have done a series of tests on him and found no suggestion of mental illness.

Homepage image from City Weekend


The Nanfang is on WeChat!

Posted: 08/26/2013 6:01 pm

The Nanfang has been on Facebook and Twitter for quite some time, but neither of these services are available in China without a VPN.  For Mainland China, we’ve been sharing our stories on our official Weibo account.

But that misses one of the fastest-growing social networks in China at the moment: Weixin/WeChat. Today we’re happy to announce we’re finally live on WeChat.  You can follow us using the QR code below, or by searching for the account named The Nanfang.

We’ll be sharing a selection of stories and must-see events on our WeChat account, so follow us!

We’re also getting our mobile site in order just in time. The mobile version of The Nanfang works decently well on iOS devices, but there are still some bugs on Android. Hang in there, as our development team is working on it and you’ll notice changes in the coming weeks.


Suspects arrested for gang raping 17 year-old in Guangdong after meeting on WeChat

Posted: 03/28/2013 2:17 pm

Seven suspects, ranging in age from 15 to 28, have been arrested on suspicion of gang raping a 17 year-old girl in Guangdong Province’s Kangjiang City in January, Xinhua reports.Two more suspects are on the run.

The girl, Miss Mo, met the ringleaders of the gang, Mr. Zhang and Mr. Liu, 17, on Tencent’s WeChat service. The service is notoriously popular with people wanting to hook up.

On January 24 at around 9 p.m. Miss Mo met with Mr. Zhang in person for only the second time near Anpu Culture Square. Along with Mr. Liu, Mr. Zhang took her on his motorbike to a reservoir in Anzhai Village.

Upon arriving there, an estimated nine men gang raped Miss Mo, according to the local Public Security Bureau.

After being taken back to Anpu at around 1 a.m. on January 25, Miss Mo went to an internet bar where she told a friend about the incident. The friend then told her father who encouraged her to go to the police.

Image, from another gang rape case, courtesy of Sohu

Seven arrests have been made but Mr. Zhang and one more suspect are still on the run. Mr. Liu, 17, and Mr. Yan, 15, are minors so, if convicted, will receive a lighter sentence than others such as the 28 year-old Mr. Wen.

And let this serve as a reminder:  be careful about who you meet from WeChat.


Watch: Prostitutes in China get a lesson in using Momo, WeChat to lure clients

Posted: 02/28/2013 11:22 am

A video has been leaked online of prostitutes in an unknown location in China receiving a lecture on how to increase their customer base, and even more importantly, how to find high-calibre customers.

No talking at the back.

Like many classes, it involved a stern teacher and a couple of students giggling and whispering at the back. This particular lecture included a screen that may have been a PPT and focused on how to use social media services such as Momo, WeChat and Sina Weibo.

The bespectacled lecturer also emphasized the importance of using a photoshopped picture to attract customers’ interest, stressing the value of having an ovular face and attractive eyes.

The points on the whiteboard also included a reminder that students should maintain contact with their higher-level customers and avoid wasting time on “diaosi,” an internet slang word for loser.

Attentive students.

The video has been forwarded well over 1,000 times on Sina Weibo and watched over 1 million times. One Sina Weibo user said: “Life is all about selling. We all need to learn to sell ourselves.” Another said “The corporate training industry really is frighteningly competitive nowadays.” Another said: “Does this mean the women I’ve been chatting with on Momo are all hookers?”


Man beats up Shenzhen government official for sexually assaulting his wife

Posted: 01/8/2013 3:53 pm

We’re sure many husbands who’ve had their wives hit on would love to do this.

A government official based in Shenzhen’s Luohu District was beaten up Saturday by the husband of a woman he is accused of sexually assaulting, according to Shenzhen Economic Daily (via Shenzhen Daily).

The deputy chief, surnamed He, works in Zhongmin Times Square on Sungang Road East. The sexual assault is said to have taken place on December 14.

The husband, a 28-year-old surnamed Qin who works in Guangzhou, found that his wife had used contraception pills. Qin checked text messages and records on the Wechat messaging service and microblogs before Wei admitted that she had been assaulted when she was drunk.

According to a family friend, the couple hoped that He would report being beaten up to police. He didn’t, but the official says he reported it to the bureau he worked for. He denies all wrongdoing.

This is not the first alleged sex offense by a Shenzhen government official in recent years.

In April last year, government official Wu Jianqiang, sexually assaulted a woman surnamed Xiao in a bedroom connected to Wu’s office after he called her to a meeting on April 25, Global Times reported.

The government has since banned officials from drinking alcohol during the workday, according to the Shenzhen Economic Daily.


Beware: WeChat (Weixin) random hookup results in scam in Dongguan

Posted: 11/21/2012 3:00 pm

(drawing by Li Yong)

WeChat, also known as Weixin, has been growing like a bad weed in China these days.  The iOS and Android app is now being used by more than 200 million people, and is the pick-up tool of choice for many laowai in China because it facilitates chatting with nearby strangers.

Given how ubiquitous the tool has become, it’s not surprising that a scam has finally surfaced.  Users in Dongguan are being warned after a woman met up with a stranger she had chatted with on the service in April this year. The stranger then threatened her and demanded she hand over her bank card, Southern Metropolis Daily reports.

The woman, who works in a hotel, was invited by a Weixin contact to meet up and have a chat. In the end, she met an accomplice of a criminal surnamed Lu, who comes from Hubei Province and ran a restaurant with another man Jian before it went out of business.

Unable to support themselves, Lu and Jian set up a criminal gang. As part of the arrangement, Lu’s girlfriend and brother used Weixin to meet and then steal from strangers.

Police say there have been six similar cases in Dongguan this year involving rape, theft and blackmail.

Police explained that because Weixin is newer than rival services such as QQ, it is poorly policed. They warned residents to be vigilant when using the service, and not to meet strangers who refused to identify themselves or asked to borrow things.

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