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  1. News - China Insider - SOCIETY

    That'll teach you! Jilted man buys hundreds of cinema tickets to prove to ex how wealthy he's become

    Posted Jun 26th 2014, 01:13pm by Chris Luo

    ... their home city of Nanjing to Beijing, after he was not able to afford to take her to the cinema. Now, after seven years of resentment, Wang has spent a quarter of a million yuan (HK$314,000) ... of Extinction, to show his ex-partner what she was missing. Copies of receipts Wang posted online confirmed the tickets cost 250,000 yuan- about half his claimed monthly income. “I only want to say ...

  2. News - China Insider - SOCIETY

    Farmer cuts off his own feet after being unable to afford frostbite treatment

    Posted May 14th 2014, 05:09pm by Chris Luo

    ... Chris Luo chris.luo@scmp.com A farmer from Anhui was forced to amputate his own feet because he could not afford 10,000 yuan for hospital surgery, after suffering untreatable infections ... that cost over 10,000 yuan, Liu decided to take measures into his own hands and attempt the operation himself. Liu, who doesn’t have a family and lives by himself, carried out the operation, which ...

  3. News - China - SOCIETY

    Filmmaker Zhang Yimou faces 7m yuan fine over family size

    Posted Dec 29th 2013, 11:46pm by STEPHEN CHEN

    ... Stephen Chen binglin.chen@scmp.com Filmmaker faces big fine over family size Film director Zhang Yimou might be fined more than seven million yuan (HK$8.95 million) for violating ... in the years 2000, 2003 and 2005- the years before the births of his children and which form the basis for the fine- ranged from 2,760 yuan to 2.5 million yuan. Average urban residents' disposable ...

  4. News - China Insider - SOCIETY

    Life in a Beijing satellite town: Elderly parents queue for hours at bus stations for commuter children

    Posted Apr 30th 2014, 04:14pm

    ... capital as a result of soaring housing prices in urban Beijing. In the past year, the average housing prices in Yanjiao, which is 35 kilometres east of Beijing, has risen from 8,000 yuan (HK$10,100) to 9,400 yuan (HK$11,800) per square metre. However this is still less than half the prices of suburban areas in Beijing, and a far cry from a staggering 50,000 yuan ...

  5. News - China Insider - SOCIETY

    Zhejiang man gives lover 8.88m yuan in cash as engagement present

    Posted Nov 13th 2013, 03:00pm by Chris Luo

    ... custom, but one family in the coastal province of Zhejiang has taken the practice to new heights. The young man’s contingent presented his future bride’s family with a whopping 8.88 million yuan ... of fresh new yuan bills, lavishly-wrapped jewellery and luxury apparel. A total of 18 men, including the groom, carried the valuables to his lover’s home on their shoulders in one of most famous ...

  6. News - China - SOCIETY

    Sounds like a solution? New loudspeaker invented to ease noise from elderly's public dances

    Posted Apr 28th 2014, 12:36pm by STEPHEN CHEN

    ... noise. The Youth Daily said the speaker system cost several hundred to a few thousand yuan, but made no mention of when it would be commercially available. Experts have said the problem of loud public dancing was a product of the mainland's rapid urbanisation. Last month, in Wenzhou city, a residential committee spent 260,000 yuan (HK$320,000) on a "treble cannon" ...

  7. News - China - SOCIETY

    Urinating, spitting and trampling flowers: Mainland papers slam Labour Day crowds

    Posted May 05th 2014, 02:45pm by KEIRA HUANG

    ... of the responsibilities of about 570 officers, plus 2,200 hawker control teams. The same offence in Beijing brings a fine of up to 50 yuan (HK$63). Park staff in the capital told the Beijing Morning Post ...

  8. News - China - SOCIETY

    China's orphan saviour devastated by deadly fire (video)

    Posted Jan 14th 2013, 01:23pm by WU NAN

    ... Wu Nan in Lankao Poor stallholder Yuan Lihai launched a personal war against the mainland’s lack of child care, but it ended in tragedy The distraught woman lies in a hospital bed, her ... make it out of the fire. The fire broke out at about 8.30am on January 4, an hour and a half after Yuan Lihai left home on her daily routine of taking four children to school on her rusty ...

  9. News - China - SOCIETY

    The wages of fear: how the mainland's migrant workers are exploited

    Posted Mar 17th 2014, 04:24am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... any pay, even if not the agreed amount. In fact, the workers received tens of yuan a day less than promised, two witnesses say. And the crew became part of the growing cycle of violence ... industry worth about 12 trillion yuan (HK$15.2 trillion), according to 2012 government statistics. But the same workers routinely endure physical attacks, lost or unpaid wages and poor workplace ...

  10. News - China - SOCIETY

    Migrant construction workers 'the lowest of the low'

    Posted Mar 17th 2014, 04:24am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... started allowing people to look for jobs in the city. Wages were at around 3 yuan in the 1990s, he said. Up till the early 2000s, construction workers failed to get paid 60 to 70 per cent ... Sometimes he felt he was just born unlucky, Liu said. Farming could not sustain a family, with an acre of land yielding an annual crop worth only 500 yuan (HK$630), Liu said. Migrant work continues ...




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