China Digest, October 2, 2012
Huge water park unveiled
Beijing authorities announced plans yesterday to build a massive water park, spanning 1.2 million square metres, near the popular 798 Art Zone, the Beijing Times reports. The project will cost more than 50 billion yuan (HK$61.2 billion). Construction will begin next year and will take two years to complete.
Farmer paid in mooncakes
A farmer in Yanqing county, northwest of the capital, offered neighbours vegetables in return for boxes of mooncakes ahead of Sunday's Mid-Autumn Festival, because he wanted to give his workers the traditional Chinese treats for the holiday, The Beijing News reports. The offer proved popular, with 11 neighbours each getting 50kg of vegetables in trade for the cakes.
New investment incentives
The provincial government will offer new incentives, mainly through loans and subsidies, for people to invest in sectors such as infrastructure, public utilities, social services, financial services and the commercial industry, Xinhuanet.com reports.
Man posed as online vixen
Dezhou police arrested a man in his 20s who pretended to be a woman online to swindle money from internet users. He would chat with men and then show them video clips of a naked woman, the Shandong Business Daily reports. He took about 5,000 yuan since May.
'Carrier' on show
An exhibition featuring a model of China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, opened at the China Maritime Museum in Shanghai, Chinanews.com reports. The 1:350 scale model shows the hull, flight deck, bridge and aircraft. The exhibition ends on Sunday.
Officials sniff a rat
A private institute claiming to be able to teach children to read books simply by smelling the pages has been shut down in Shanghai, the Legal Daily reports. The institute charged between 60,000 and 110,000 yuan for a 10-day course, claiming students would even be able to read while blindfolded. One of the men behind the institute was detained for fraud.
'Low income' redefined
Families who buy a flat won't be considered "low-income" for two years from the time of the purchase, unless the flat is part of an affordable housing project, Xinhuanet.com reports. The new policy, which went into effect yesterday, is meant to better define the low-income status of families and prevent others from collecting undeserved subsidies.
Brand buyout subsidies
Private companies in the province that acquire high-end foreign brands will be eligible for government subsidies worth 10 per cent of the deal, or up to 10 million yuan, Xinhuanet.com reports. Foreign high-end brands are defined as being more than 20 years old and rank in the top 10 in their industry.
Index contracts further
The province's purchasing managers' index, an industry indicator of economic activity, slipped to 50.1 in September from 50.2 in August, according to official figures, the Nanfang Daily reports. Analysts said the decline mirrors a slowdown in demand, both domestically and overseas. A number below 50 indicates a contraction.
Museum for migrants
A migrant worker museum opened in Guangzhou on Saturday, and it will be open free to the public this week for the National Day holiday, the Yangcheng Evening News reports. The museum is in an old factory in Baiyun district where many migrants used to work. A new park has opened next to it.
A 20-year-old student at Wuhan Polytechnic University and his 19-year-old girlfriend held a symbolic wedding ceremony on Sunday to mark their seven-year anniversary, since the two are not yet legally allowed to wed, the Chutian Metropolis Daily reports. China minimum marrying age is 22 for men and 20 for women. The couple did not want to wait, and both had the blessings of their families.
Cashed up for holidays
The ticket office at the historic Yellow Crane Tower in Wuhan have acquired 800,000 yuan in small bills - including 100,000 one-yuan notes - to cope with a cut in admission from 80 to 64 yuan during this week's National Day holiday, Changjiang Daily reports.
Consulate rumour denied
The provincial disciplinary commission has denied an online rumour that the US consulate in Changsha aided a provincial official who claimed to be an American after being placed under investigation for undisclosed reasons, The Beijing News reports.
Keep your new chin up
A man in Hunan sparked heated discussion online after trying to convince a university graduate to get plastic surgery, after the graduate complained that he had failed to find a job because he wasn't attractive enough, Rednet.cn reports.
Quake disrupts trains
A 4.2-magnitude earthquake struck Akesu early yesterday, disrupting train services from Urumqi to Akesu and Kashgar and from Baoji in Shaanxi province to Akesu, China National Radio reports.
Watching for telltale signs
Seismologists in Urumqi will monitor animals at a local zoo to see if they display signs of approaching earthquakes, Xinhuanet.com reports. Six caretakers will watch 40 species and report unusual behaviour.
Food and drug crackdown
According to the Zhejiang Supreme Court, 261 people were prosecuted in 146 food or drug safety cases between January 2010 and August, the Oriental Morning Post reports. Officials vowed to continue punishing those who risked public safety with unsafe goods.
Gambling ring busted
Jinhua police recently busted an online gambling ring and arrested 65 suspects in the province and in Sichuan and Chonqing , Xinhua reports. The operation involved more than 2.7 billion yuan.