Over 20 people were buried under a bungalow that collapsed at the Shishi Middle School (石室中学) in Chengdu's Chenghua district in the early morning hours Thursday. Rescue workers were able to release all of the buried, 10 of whom sustained minor injuries. The collapse was thought to be in part due to the heavy rainstorm that preceded it.
High-school students at a boarding school in southeastern Sichuan's Gulin County, Luzhou, rioted after power to their dormitories was repeatedly cut during the peak of a heat wave last week. After police were summoned to contain the students, a long list of bitter complaints regarding the school leader's corrupt behaviors, including forcing students to buy overpriced food from the school cafeteria, emerged. The principal has since been removed from his post, and other schools in the area are under investigation.
Eight passengers were killed and five injured when a long-distance passenger bus fell off a 110-meter-high cliff near Xichang, Liangshan Prefecture, Thursday evening. An investigation into the cause of the accident is underway.
A woven-bag factory in Guanghan caught fire early Monday morning, sending 10-meter-high flames into the sky. Firefighters succeeded in putting out the blaze after four hours.
A husband and wife were killed by an explosion on Wednesday in the illegal firecracker factory where they worked in Yanting County, Mianyang.
A university student visiting E'mei Shan fell 60 meters off a steep cliff on Monday. The victim, who had been hiking alone, lay in a coma for two days until he came to and used the remaining amount of battery on his mobile phone to call his family in Nanchong. A rescue team was able to reach him a day later and send him to the hospital, where he is being treated for a number of minor injuries.
Two Sichuan residents were convicted of manufacturing the illegal substance Ketamine and executed as part of a nationwide crackdown on drug production.
Over 400 flights departing from the Shuangliu International Airport were delayed due to Thursday night's violent thunderstorm.
Nanchong residents try to cool off in the river. Image: Sichuan Online
While Chengdu enjoyed mild temperatures starting late last week, schools in Guang'an, Ziyang, Nanchong, and Dazhou were forced to close due to the 40-degree heat, giving 600,000 students an impromptu holiday.
Chengdu's transportation planning is undergoing a face lift, announced the city government during a Thursday press conference. Plans include eight footbridges on the First and Second Ring Roads to be completed by year's end; revised bus routes that will reduce the number of left turns; and, by month's end, an additional 800 taxis.
Travel time between Chengdu and Chongqing will be cut to two hours by the end of the month, when new Hexiehao high-speed trains will start running.
Last Wednesday's auspicious date of September 9, 2009 prompted tens of thousands of Chinese couples to rush to marriage offices. The "triple 9" is vaguely reminiscent of the phrase "I'll love you for a long, long time" in pronunciation (二零零九九九/èr-líng-líng-jiǔ-jiǔ-jiǔ and 爱您您久久久/ài-nín-nín-jiǔ-jiǔ-jiǔ). A clerk at the marriage office in Chengdu reported that within one hour of the 7 a.m. opening time, more couples had queued than during the entire day on the last auspicious date—August 8, 2008.
Film critics are starting to turn their attention to the highly anticipated film "Chengdu, I Love You," which closed out last week's Venice Film Festival. This one calls it a "bloody carcass" that "hobbles onscreen minus one leg in unmarketable condition" and "is capsized by a laughably inept opening seg by mainland rock idol Cui Jian." Ouch.
A list of historic buildings to be preserved in Chengdu has been compiled. Among these are 38 Citang Jie, which was once a Xinhua Daily office and housed Zhou Enlai during wartime, and a three-story, Western-style brick building on Fangchi Jie built in the early days of the Republic and featuring stained-glass windows from abroad.
Two Song Dynasty tombs were discovered in Datian Village, Xiangyan Town, Pingwu County (平武县响岩镇大田村) following a landslide caused by heavy rains. Artifacts dating back to the Three Kingdoms, Tang, and Song Dynasties were unearthed at the site.
A vehicle swerved out of the driver's control and rolled into a ditch Thursday morning. But it wasn't just any ditch—it was a National Hybrid Rice Technology Research Center testing field in Xipu, Pixian, and the accident destroyed the crops of a new, ultra-yield hybrid rice. The crops, which were nearly ready for harvest, belonged to renowned hybrid-rice master Ruan Longping, who, along with the rest of the research staff, was reportedly very upset about the ordeal.
And recipient of the Is This Really Newsworthy? award goes to the reporter who decided the fact that a bridal shop hired two foreign models to pose in its windows merits photos and a clip in the Tianfu Morning News.
With research by Marvin Tan