Chelsea star Mutu wants to adopt baby rescued from Chinese toilet pipe

'Baby No 59' after his rescue. Photo: Reuters

A new-born boy was released from hospital five days after his mother accidentally dropped him down a toilet pipe while giving birth to him, state media said on Thursday.

Friday, 31 May, 2013, 4:42pm 2 comments

Newborn's fall into toilet was accidental, officials say

The fall of a newborn baby into a toilet pipe in Jinhua, Zhejiang , was accidental and his mother will not be prosecuted, local officials said yesterday, adding that the boy had survived the ordeal.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Migrant worker shocked at price of retrieving bodies of drowned loved ones

Salvagers rescuing the bodies. Photo: screenshot via Caixin.com

Tan Sheng, a migrant worker in China’s eastern Zhejiang province, was astounded when local fishermen demanded a 12,000 yuan (HK$15,000) fee on Sunday to salvage the bodies of his brother and his brother’s girlfriend who drowned in a river in Wenling on Saturday night.

28 May 2013 - 11:53pm 4 comments

Outrage over Jilin, Zhejiang tiger abuse

A screenshot shows a visitor posing for photos while sitting on top of a tiger cub tied to a wooden table in Jilin. Photo: SCMP Pictures

A Chinese tiger park has sought to quell public anger after images of holidaymakers sitting astride a strapped-down cub prompted outrage online, state media said on Tuesday.

7 May 2013 - 3:42pm 1 comment

Hundreds of Zhejiang taxi drivers strike on Labour Day

Taxi drivers in Zhejiang on strike. Photo: screenshot via Weibo

Hundreds of taxi drivers in China’s eastern Zhejiang province joined a strike on Wednesday, the Labor Day, to protest competition from illegal taxis and the lack of law enforcement.

1 May 2013 - 2:56pm 1 comment

Crackdown on jaywalkers in Zhejiang province of China

Many pedestrians believe they should have priority. Photo: Robert Ng

Speeding sports car drivers in Hangzhou , Zhejiang's provincial capital, used to be called "killers on the streets" for causing the deaths of so many pedestrians.

But jaywalkers have increasingly become public enemy No.1 for local policemen, with some even daring to bash police trying to apprehend them.

6 Apr 2013 - 3:34am 3 comments

Man in his eighties jailed for Cultural Revolution killing

The portrait of the Mao Zedong in Tiananmen Square. Photo: Reuters

Qiu Riren, who is in his eighties, was on Friday condemned to three-and-a-half years in jail for the 1967 killing, said a court official in Ruian, in the eastern province of Zhejiang, declining to give further details.

4 Apr 2013 - 8:48am 2 comments

Party cadre Zhu Zhangjin pins hopes of food security on overseas farms

Zhu Zhangjin, Zhejiang

Zhu Zhangjin calls himself a farmer, but he has little time or love for mainland farm goods. Nor is he afraid to speak his mind on the matter. To show that he was neither lying nor exaggerating about the state of the mainland's food safety, he brought with him more than 300 samples of banned chemicals and contaminated food products that he had collected from farmers and producers in recent years.

24 Mar 2013 - 5:57am 1 comment

Dying father wants help to find long-lost daughter abroad

Maomao's picture as a child. Photo: SCMP/ Sinovision

A cancer-stricken father in China's eastern Zhejiang province recently posted a hand-written letter on the Internet, in the hope of finding his long-lost daughter who currently lives in the United States,

23 Mar 2013 - 1:58pm 1 comment

I'll swim in moat to show it's not polluted, says Shaoxing mayor

A boat sails past snow-covered residences alongside an intracity waterway in Shaoxing, east China's Zhejiang Province. Photo: Xinhua

Last month, local residents of the coastal Zhejiang province said on microblogging website they would offer environmental officials as much as 300,000 yuan if they swam in polluted rivers. Shaoxing mayor Qian Jianmin’s pledge to swim in the city’s moat appears to be the first firm response to the challenge.

8 Mar 2013 - 3:32pm 1 comment

Zhejiang 'Snake Village' seeks New Year boom

A snake farmer checks the snakes being air-dried in Zisiqiao village, Zhejiang Province. Photo: AP

In the 1980s, villagers began raising snakes for food and traditional Chinese medicine, transforming the Zhejiang village economically.

10 Feb 2013 - 12:50pm

Zhejiang official arrested after being blackmailed over fake sex photo

Xuan Xiajin. Photo: SCMP pictures.

A Zhejiang official has been arrested for corruption and keeping mistresses after he paid a blackmailer 100,000 yuan (HK$124,000) for a forged sex photo, Zhejiang based Qiangjiang Evening News on Friday reported.

8 Feb 2013 - 3:22pm

Zhejiang woman 'abandons' second child to avoid fines

Chen gave her daughter away to  a relative, who later claimed to have found her at their doorstep. Photo: Weibo

A woman in China’s eastern Zhejiang province ''abandoned" her recently-born second child, a two-month-old baby girl, only to ''adopt'' her later - hoping to avoid fines from birth control authorities, Zhejiang based Qianjiang Evening News reported on Friday.

8 Feb 2013 - 3:50pm

Help arrives for parents who manually kept paralysed son breathing

Wang Lanqin squeezes a pump to keep her son breathing, in a screenshot from weibo. Photo: SCMP Pictures

They took turns squeezing a pump 18 times a minute, 25,920 times a day, continuously for most of the past seven years. They knew the minute they stopped or stepped away, their son who could no longer breathe on his own would die.

They couldn’t afford a 100,000 yuan (HK$123,000) respiratory machine, but they couldn’t afford to lose their son either.

30 Jan 2013 - 12:07pm 2 comments

'Land-saving' bridge building faces demolition

A photo taken on Jan. 22, shows a three-story building on top of a stilt over a spillway in Wenling, Zhejiang province. Photo: ImageChina

Villagers from the Wenling's Meixi village have come up with an ingenious, if legally questionable, solution to their land shortage: They built a bridge – and put a three-storey building on top.

24 Jan 2013 - 2:22pm