Weekend downpours, landslides, and flooding killed seven in Sichuan's Luzhou and Yibin as well as one person in Chongqing. Up to 16 centimeters of rainfall were recorded in the hardest-hit areas. In Yibin, nearly 400 guests and 300 employees were trapped in the five-star Zhuhai Shi Yibin Land Hotel after it flooded. Over 100,000 people in Sichuan were evacuated and around 6,000 homes destroyed. A landslide on Thursday killed 9 with one still missing in Leibo County (雷波县).
Chengdu was spared from rainfall that slammed other parts of the province, but early Wednesday morning, the city was witness to a spectacular thunderstorm. During the course of the 3 a.m. storm, a staggering 7,077 bolts of lightning struck.
The Xindu Municipal Hospital (新都镇医院) was the scene of a hostage situation Friday. The perpetrators, allegedly angry with one of the doctor's refusal to continue treatment, stormed into her office at 10:40 a.m., taking her captive with 43-centimeter knife. After four hours of negotiation, they agreed to her release.
CORRECTION 09/03/09: We erroneously wrote that the doctor was taken hostage due to a dispute over treatment; in fact, it was because she refused to engage in a romantic relationship with the perpetrator.
A middle-aged woman fell to her death from a roof at the Lotus Market on Thursday in what appeared to be a suicide. The woman's identity is unknown.
The bodies of a mother and daughter were found Tuesday evening in their apartment on Jianshe Lu. Li Xiaobin, worked at the Jianshe Lu Primary School; her daughter, Shen Xueqi, 19, was attending college. Investigators are looking into the cause of death.
The Chengdu Construction Commission announced on Thursday that ongoing construction along Renmin Nan Lu will be sped up, stating that main lanes will return to normal operations by the end of October. To which we feel compelled to say—although we remain somewhat skeptical—thank freaking goodness.
China Railway No. 2 Group announced recently that a rebuilding project of the North Railway Station will kick off before year's end. The 30-month project will double the size of the station.
Construction on Chengdu Metro Line 4 will start in April of next year. The 20.6-kilometer line will run east-west, with 15 stops: Gongping, Wenjia, Zhongba, Wuqing, Supo Lijiao, Caotang Lu, Zhongyi Xueyuan, Changshun Jie, Luomashi, Taisheng Lu, Sheng Wenlian, Yushuang Lu, and Shuanglin Lu.
Chengdu Commercial Daily
Chengdu's international travelers might have noticed something different about Shuangliu Airport's last Friday. That was when the newly reconstructed international hall—boasting additional check-in counters and security-check lanes—officially opened to the public. The RMB13 million project took nine months to complete.
Chengdu QSS News
A Chongqing man has threatened to make the 350-kilometer trek to his ex-girlfriend's house in Chengdu, where he said he will "take pictures of her secretly," frame them, and present them as a gift to her, the China Daily reported. In so doing, the 28-year-old hopes to reignite the four-year-relationship which ended in May. The man might think it's a romantic gesture; we're going with creepy and stalkerish, not to mention lackluster in performance in an era when it's fairly routine to walk or bike around the world.
UPDATE 09/03/09: After 15 days of walking, the man's attempts proved futile, according to this Xinhua report.
An 85-year-old Chengdu resident can now claim to be the oldest jackpot winner of China's welfare lottery. The woman collected her RMB5.06 million (RMB4 million after tax) prize on Wednesday with her two daughters in tow, who reported that she studies the lottery numbers daily. The winning ticket cost RMB4 and was purchased from a lottery stand on Xia Tongren Lu. The welfare lottery, which was introduced in 1987, funds disaster-relief and social-welfare programs, including facilities for disabled children and constructing and maintaining the senior citizens' exercise machines that are a fixture of every neighborhood park.
Chengdu QSS News
After hearing that Chongzhou's Jiezi Old Town would become a 4A national scenic site, native Gao Dongliang, 73, decided to fund the building of a 5-star public toilet. Gao, whose home was destroyed during last May 12's earthquake, plans to donate part of his property to build the toilet on.
Four Chengdu senior citizens in their 60s and 70s exhibited photographs taken during their "daredevil" 7,000-kilometer motorcycle trip to Nepal at Wangjianglou Park last Monday. The group set off from Chengdu on June 25, reaching Kathmandu via Lhasa, Tibet. Two of the team completed the trip, returning to Chengdu in August while the other two flew back in July after one sustained injuries.
China Daily and Chengdu QSS News
Ms. Lee's Chuanchuan (李姐串串) is a tiny chuanchuanxiang restaurant near Shuijingfang. No sign hangs outside to identify it; inside, there are only 2 tables. It does not operate during national holidays or summer and winter holidays. Bad business formula in a city known for its love of large, loud, leisurely dinners? Not so: For a chance to eat at Ms. Lee's, Chengdu's gourmet diners make reservations two weeks in advance and follow all of the restaurant's stringent policies to the letter: "No more than 8 per table." "Reservations are canceled after 30 minutes of not showing."
With research by Marvin Tan.