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  • Diver dies in China aquarium after onlookers 'thought it was a dummy'
    by Bhavya Rawat on February 23, 2024 at 7:02 am

    Visitors of an aquarium in Henan, China watched a diver drown to his death — all because they mistook him for a dummy. The diver drowned while cleaning the penguin pool at the Zhengzhou Haichang Ocean Park on Feb 12, reported Yangtze Evening News. Pictures of the motionless diver floating in the pool while with aquarium visitors looking on were circulating on Chinese social media after the incident.  Some visitors reportedly tried to inform the aquarium's staff after watching the sinking diver, but no one responded until it was too late.  The diver remained underwater for over ten minutes before being rescued by staff workers and he received cardiopulmonary resuscitation, the China Daily reported. The diver was later transported to a hospital for further treatment, but doctors were unable to save him.&nbs […]

  • 2 die, 3 missing after ship hits Lixinsha Bridge near Guangzhou, sending cars into water
    on February 22, 2024 at 5:45 am

    BEIJING — Two people were killed after a barge collided with a bridge over a waterway in China's Pearl River Delta near Guangzhou city, causing part of the bridge to break off, plunging vehicles into the water, Chinese state media reported on Thursday (Feb 22). The Guangzhou Maritime Safety Administration said in a statement on their WeChat social media account the barge was travelling from Foshan city to a southern district of Guangzhou, when it crashed into the bridge at 5.30am (2130 GMT) in the Hongqili Waterway. Images on state-owned China Central Television (CCTV) showed an empty container barge lodged between two columns of the Lixinsha Bridge with part of the bridge's two-lane road deck missing. All road traffic on the bridge was halted. Four vehicles and an electric motorbike fell off the bridge. Two vehicles, which included a bus, plunged into the water and three other vehicles ended up on the barge, CCTV said. The bus was carrying only its driver, who survived, but was not contactable for comment. Two people died from the incident, one crew member was injured and two others rescued, state media said, with three more still missing. […]

  • China's childcare costs among highest in world, think tank says
    on February 21, 2024 at 9:27 am

    HONG KONG — China is one of the world's most expensive places to raise a child, relative to its GDP per capita, a prominent Chinese think tank said on Wednesday (Feb 21) as it detailed the time and opportunity costs for women who opt to have children in the country. The cost of raising a child until they are 18 relative to per capita GDP is around 6.3 times in China versus 2.08 times in Australia, 2.24 times in France, 4.11 times in the US and 4.26 times in Japan, said a report by the Beijing-based YuWa Population Research Institute. Raising children also leads to a reduction in women's paid work hours and wage rates, while men's livelihoods remain largely unchanged. "Because the current social environment in China is not friendly to women's fertility, the time cost and opportunity cost for women to have children are too high," said the report, co-authored by Liang Jianzhang, founder of online travelling site Ctrip and also a founder of the YuWa institute. […]

  • Beijing shuts highways after heavy snowfall
    on February 21, 2024 at 7:39 am

    BEIJING — Authorities in Beijing shut some highways on Wednesday (Feb 21) after heavier-than-expected snowfall hit the Chinese capital, part of a cold spell sweeping many parts of the country this week. With freezing rain and snow expected to last until Monday, officials boosted public transport arrangements in the sprawling city of nearly 22 million and shut eight highways, state broadcaster CCTV said. Mountainous areas were still receiving snowfall, though it had stopped in urban areas. A woman rides a scooter on a road following snowfall in Beijing, China Feb 21, 2024.  PHOTO: Reuters  "I feel like the few days after the snow are a bit inconvenient because the road is kind of slippery and drivers are not that considerate," said Beijing resident Kylie Chen. Although she liked seeing the snow, it complicated her work commute, as she had to walk on sludgy roads, the 23-year-old added. […]

  • Chinese tourists flock to Southeast Asia as overseas travel bounces back
    on February 21, 2024 at 4:08 am

    BEIJING/BANGKOK — Chinese travellers flocked to tourist hot-spots across Asia over the Lunar New Year break, with visitor numbers and spending in destinations including Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia exceeding pre-Covid levels. Visa-free access for Chinese tourists to the Southeast Asia countries boosted traffic and signalled a robust revival in travel since Beijing lifted strict Covid restrictions in early 2023 that had all but shut China's borders for three years. The increase provides welcome relief to countries that rely on the Chinese and their spending, although the outlook for a sustained recovery in overseas travel is overshadowed by a sluggish mainland economy and volatile markets that have seen consumers tighten their belts at home. "Despite the macroeconomic headwinds, we believe Chinese citizens are still willing to spend on travel-related experiences... we think travel-related spending could continue to outpace this overall domestic consumption," HSBC said in a research note. […]

  • Lucky dog in China bites lottery card, scores win
    by Lim Kewei on February 19, 2024 at 10:05 am

    As the saying goes, every dog has its day - and one golden retriever in China is certainly getting its moment in the sun after its mischief bagged its owner not one, but two lottery wins. The pet owner, surnamed Lin, told Chinese media that she had taken her dog out with her on a shopping trip in Guangdong last Thursday (Feb 15). She was buying items at a convenience store when the dog broke free from its leash and darted into a lottery shop next door. When Lin caught up with her golden retriever, she discovered it had bitten one of the lottery tickets placed on the table. Due to the dog's teeth marks on the scratch card, the woman had no choice but to buy the ticket. But her gloom quickly turned into glee when Lin unexpectedly scooped 1,000 yuan (S$190) in the lottery. "I was so surprised," she recounted. "I've never won such a large sum of money in a lottery." The next day, Lin took her golden retriever to pick another lottery ticket and ended up winning 30 yuan (S$5.70). […]

  • Grab your own bonus: Employee in China walks away with over $18k cash at company dinner
    by Khoo Yi-Hang on February 19, 2024 at 4:10 am

    This company's year-end bonuses were generous but first, the staff had take part in a game to "earn" them.  The Kuangshan Crane Company's party in Henan, China on Feb 5 saw many employees take part in a cash-and-grab party, with one even managing to walk away with over 97,800 yuan (S$18,500) in cash, South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported on Monday (Feb 19). A 50-metre-long table was situated in the centre of the party's venue, where the company's employees gathered around it to try their luck at earning their bonuses themselves. According to SCMP, all 5,000 staff from the crane manufacturing company were invited to take part in the event, with the total prize pool hitting 100 million yuan. […]

  • Influencer films indecent video involving utensils at Haidilao outlet in China, restaurant calls cops
    by Candice Cai on February 18, 2024 at 6:35 am

    An online streamer in China had the cops called on her after she dined at a Haidilao outlet in Guangzhou, but not for reasons one might expect. According to media outlets, the influencer named Angel had booked a private room on Friday (Feb 16) at an outlet belonging to the popular hotpot chain. She soon stripped for the camera and filmed an erotic video, ETToday reported. Images captured from the video showed the influencer wearing a red du dou or traditional Chinese undergarment and sitting in a chair with her legs splayed. In one sequence from the clip, Angel is seen picking up a piece of dragonfruit with a pair of chopsticks before performing a suggestive act with the utensils, ETToday reported. According to a report by Time Video, angry netizens flocked to the outlet's social media page with complaints following the release of the clip. […]

  • Hong Kong authorities arrest 7 in $2.4b money laundering case
    on February 16, 2024 at 11:12 am

    HONG KONG — Hong Kong authorities said on Feb 16 that they have arrested seven people suspected of being involved in a US$1.8 billion (S$2.4 billion) money laundering case, the largest ever in the financial hub. The seven comprised five men and two women, aged 23 to 74, one of whom is believed to be the mastermind of the scheme, the customs authorities said. They did not reveal their nationalities but said all seven were Hong Kong residents. The authorities seized HK$165 million (S$28.4 million) worth of assets, including five properties and three commercial units, as part of the operation. Yeung Yuk Man, from the customs department, said his agency contacted a number of law enforcement authorities in the region to share its intelligence, including India. The scheme allegedly involved online scams in India and the sale of electronics and rare gems, including diamonds, among other goods, the authorities said. The scheme allegedly used shell companies and multiple bank accounts to launder money, with one account receiving more than 50 deposits in one day. The authorities did not name the banks. […]

  • Some Chinese youth spurn corporate jobs for 'me time' as economy slows
    on February 15, 2024 at 4:54 am

    SHANGHAI - Faced with diminishing job prospects as the economy slows, Chu Yi is choosing to "lie flat", a Chinese term used to describe people who work just enough to afford to spend their time on what they enjoy. The Shanghai-based 23-year-old used to work at a fashion company, but said she quit her job two years ago because she had to frequently work overtime and she hated her boss. Chu now works from home just one day a week for a travel company, which gives her ample time to practice tattooing as part of a six-month apprenticeship towards becoming a full-time tattoo artist. And she is not alone in "lying flat": although there is no data on how many young Chinese are opting out of corporate jobs that they traditionally would have taken, the youth jobless rate rose to a record high of 21.3 per cent in June 2023 amid an economy still struggling to return to pre-pandemic growth levels, and several Chinese college graduates have said that they are trading down to find a source of income. […]

  • Youth the target as Sanya aims to be international tourist destination
    by Hu Min on October 9, 2023 at 5:04 pm

    A group of young foreign tourists went on a fantastic journey to Sanya, a popular coastal destination in south China’s Hainan Province. The exhilarated youngsters were fascinated by the picturesque scenery, […]

  • China’s gold rush continues at Asiad
    on September 25, 2023 at 4:00 pm

    HOST China snapped up more gold medals at the Hangzhou Asian Games yesterday. A shooting world record fell to Chinese teenager Sheng Lihao in the men’s 10-meter air rifle with his 253.3 points surpassing […]

  • Zhang, Wu: Rivals yet partners
    by Ma Yue on September 25, 2023 at 4:00 pm

    CHINA’S top-two ranked male tennis players Zhang Zhizhen and Wu Yibing will partner each other for the first time. The duo is paired in the doubles competition at the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou. Shangha […]

  • It’s visa-free as Chinese get VIP Thai welcome
    on September 25, 2023 at 4:00 pm

    THAILAND extended a warm welcome to the first batch of visa-exempt flights from China yesterday, marking the launch of the nation’s fresh initiative to reinvigorate its Chinese tourist market. Approximately […]

  • Record road trips expected
    on September 21, 2023 at 4:00 pm

    EXPRESSWAYS in China will likely see a record traffic volume during the upcoming holiday due to travel demand, an official said yesterday. According to Wang Xiuchun, from the Ministry of Transport, t […]

  • Academic papers: US lags China
    on September 21, 2023 at 4:00 pm

    CHINA contributed nearly one-third of the academic papers published in the most influential international journals in 2022, marking the first time it surpassed the United States to secure the top position, […]

  • Smart & green opening ceremony set for Asiad
    on September 21, 2023 at 4:00 pm

    TORCHBEARERS in the virtual and physical worlds will jointly light up the cauldron for the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou tomorrow, organizers said yesterday. “A green, digital and intelligent Asian Games […]

  • Xi to attend opening ceremony
    on September 21, 2023 at 4:00 pm

    CHINESE President Xi Jinping will attend the opening ceremony of the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou and hold a welcoming banquet and bilateral events for foreign leaders attending the opening ceremony, […]

  • Figures speak volumes about FTZ’s progress
    by Li Qian on September 20, 2023 at 4:00 pm

    THE China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone has almost witnessed the establishment of a new enterprise every hour over the past decade, statistics show. By the end of 2022, the Shanghai FTZ, which was […]

  • China’s 1st ‘home-built’ cruise ship to sail next year from city
    by Yang Jian on September 19, 2023 at 4:00 pm

    CHINA’S first domestically built luxury cruise ship, the “Adora Magic City,” will set sail from the Shanghai Wusongkou International Cruise Liner Terminal on January 1, 2024. Passengers can make reservations […]

  • Park offers taste of Jiangnan delicacies
    by Echo Hu on September 18, 2023 at 4:00 pm

    IF you want to have a taste of Jiangnan (regions to the south of the lower reaches of the Yangtze River) delicacies, you should visit Jinjiang Amusement Park in Minhang District. The park has been turned […]

  • China hits out at US drugs tag
    on September 18, 2023 at 4:00 pm

    CHINA yesterday urged the United States to stop attacking and slandering the country, following the release of a US presidential memorandum that identified China as one of the major drug transit or illicit […]

  • Woman gets death rap for abduction of 11 kids
    by Li Jiaohao on September 18, 2023 at 4:00 pm

    Yu Huaying, a woman accused of trafficking 11 children for illicit gains, was sentenced to death by a court in southwest China’s Guizhou Province yesterday. It was discovered during the trial that from […]

  • Don’t cross Taiwan red line, US told in high-level Malta talks
    on September 18, 2023 at 4:00 pm

    Senior Chinese and US officials held multiple rounds of meetings in Malta on Saturday and Sunday, agreeing to maintain high-level exchanges and hold consultations on Asia-Pacific affairs, maritime affairs […]

  • Wang in Russia for consultation
    on September 18, 2023 at 4:00 pm

    WANG Yi, director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs, will hold the 18th round of China-Russia strategic security consultation in Russia this week, China’s Foreign Ministry said […]

  • Crossing Yangtze:A lifestyle for the brave in Wuhan
    on July 21, 2023 at 4:00 pm

    EVERY morning, before Tian Binqun, a 64-year-old doctor, heads to work in Wuhan, central China, he swims for half an hour in the Yangtze River, China’s longest river, or the city’s iconic East Lake. As […]

  • Treating head or feet but failing to help the patient
    by Zhang Ciyun on May 5, 2023 at 4:00 pm

    TREATING the head or the feet has always been the question for doctors of traditional Chinese medicine. TCM had its roots in primitive society, and its doctrines appeared about 2,500 years ago. It was […]

  • Bitter medicine and blunt advice: the roses and the thorns
    by Zhang Ciyun on May 5, 2023 at 4:00 pm

    ALTHOUGH traditional Chinese medicine is generally deemed “alternative medicine” in the West, it has been nearly the only medical system to treat all kinds of illness in China for several thousand years. Even […]

  • Quanzhou: a melting pot of diverse cultures and religions
    by Yang Di on April 28, 2023 at 4:00 pm

    QUANZHOU is an intriguingly diverse city. Imagine a suburb with a coffee shop that wouldn’t look out of place in a cool section of any national capital, were it not for an ancient mosque next to it. Sipping […]

  • Current entry policy for Chinese travelers by country
    on December 28, 2022 at 4:00 pm

    UNITED States: An anonymous US official said yesterday that Washington is considering new entry controls on inbound travellers from China, according to Bloomberg News. The US had dropped the requirement […]