Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Officials in rural parts of the China's Xinjiang province are using domesticated geese to aid in law enforcement.
Apparently, the geese are more effective than dogs for a variety of reasons: They're aggressive, have exceptional eyesight, and, as anyone who has had to deal with them knows, they're loud and nothing can shut them up, SmartPlanet.com reported.
"Among all poultry, geese [are known] for being extremely vigilant and having excellent hearing," said Zhang Quansheng, a police chief in Xinjiang's Shawan county, according to the New York Daily News. "Geese are very brave. They spread their wings and will attack any strangers entering [someone's] home."
at 11:10 PM
Monday, July 22, 2013
Saturday, July 20, 2013
China has closed an 88-million dollar museum and “patriotic education center” after the majority of its exhibits were found to be fakes, including such classic pieces as a Qing dynasty vase decorated with cartoon characters, despite the protests of curators who insist “at least half” the exhibits are genuine.
The Jibaozhai Museum, a 4-storey museum built in 2007 on a 4-hectare village site in China’s Hebei province for the sum of 540 million yuan, boasted 12 exhibition halls and was designated a “patriotic education centre” and tourist attraction by the government.
However, it transpires that most, if not all, of its 40,000 exhibits and “20 million yuan” collection were fakes.
These included items identified as having been made by a legendary emperor from 2700BC but signed in modern post-revolutionary simplified Chinese characters, porcelain using techniques not in existence when they were supposedly made, and a Qing dynasty vase decorated with modern cartoon characters.
Officials have launched an investigation and withdrawn its license, and the museum itself is now closed.
The owner protests that “even the gods cannot tell whether the exhibits are fake or not,” whilst the deputy curator maintains that “at least half” the exhibits are genuine, although he does concede “most of the exhibits were not verified by experts.”
The museum was rumbled after a Beijing writer visited and expressed his scepticism about the descriptions of the exhibits on Sina Weibo, prompting local authorities to investigate in response to the massive ridicule they suffered as a result.
The museum was already unpopular with local villagers as they received only 20,000 yuan each for their land after it was sold to developers for millions, but their objections were of course ignored. They allege it was used as part of a money-laundering scheme by the local magnate who built it.
at 1:47 AM
The lengths Chinese real estate developers will go to when mere property owners refuse to sell up are yet again causing a stir, with the latest example seeing tenants simply having their building torn down around them.
After the owners of an apartment refused what was surely a very generous offer of compensation, they found the rest of their building pulled down anyway:
at 1:44 AM
A young woman got into a fight with Beijing subway security after she refused to put her RMB20,000 (S$4,100) bag into a scanner.
She even said she would call her father to kill them.
This happened last Friday (Jul 5, 2013) at Beijing subway's Changping Line.
There is speculation that the young woman is a 'second-generation rich' or fu'erdai - but some have wondered why is she taking the subway when she can be chauffeured around in a sports car.
Onlookers who shot the videos can be heard commenting on her bratty behaviour in Mandarin, denouncing her actions.
at 12:49 AM