Former Google China CEO Kai-Fu Lee made an appearance at the University of Electronic Science and Technology (电子科大) on Wednesday to deliver a lecture to the students.
Air Asia's much-awaited inaugural Kuala Lumpur-Chengdu direct flight took off last Friday morning, marking the beginning of a new international route for Chengdu. See Air Asia for rates and schedules.
A fire started in one of the Computer City buildings after a manager of one of the mall's shops threw a lit cigarette in a wastepaper bin. The fire left damaged several of the shops, and the manager was detained for 10 days.
The Mainland and Taiwan began talks on signing a Mainland-Taiwan economic-cooperation agreement during a two-day cross-strait symposium in Chengdu.
A West China College of Stomatology professor was sentenced to three years in prison for leaking the content of National Medical Licensing Examination from 2005 to 2007.
Construction and Development
The Lotus Market is undergoing a facelift, kicked off Saturday. When completed, the RMB8 billion project will transform the current rough and tumble Lotus Wholesale Market—known for bicycle peddlers, pickpockets, and street vendors—into the glittering Jinniu City Square, to be known as "northern Chengdu's Chunxi Lu."
The first high-speed Chengdu-Dazhou train, "Blue Arrow," rolled into Chengdu's train station Thursday afternoon, making a new abbreviated journey time of three hours for the trip.
Planners are scheming to turn the Hongkou "quake lake" into "the second Jiuzhougou" in the near future. The Dujiangyan lake was formed during last May's Wenchuan earthquake.
Reusable footbridges will appear on the First and Second Ring Roads before Spring Festival. The steel bridges are designed to be transported to other parts of the city as needed.
Society and Culture
In a move that must be every emo-teen's dream, 19-year-old Deng Jie took his bike and 300 RMB from Zhejiang province to Lhasa, after his father reprimanded him for being "useless." How useful riding a bike nearly 5,000 kilometers is we're not exactly sure, but at least he made the news.
A retired policewoman founded Yibin's first private senior center. Over the past nine years, over 600 senior citizens have come under her care.
In other police news, everybody's favorite officer, "Soft Knife," has further sealed her celebrity status with a TV appearance on CCTV game show Kaixin Cidian (开心辞典). She says she will donate all of her winnings to help the Sichuanese teacher suffering from leukemia who shares her name.
Chengdu Commercial Daily
Free money? With the city's new receipt scheme, the tax bureau hopes customers will remember to ask for their receipts. The first winner under the new scheme claimed RMB10,000 (RMB8,000 after taxes) on Thursday after having breakfast in a restaurant.
The late Michael Jackson's Chengdu fan base participated in the worldwide "Thrill the World" event at the Wanda Plaza on Sunday. Despite the rain, over 50 dancers turned up to perform.
The Animals Asia Foundation's "Doctor Dog Walking Day" was held in Xindu on Sunday, showcasing the achievements of puppies trained to assist those with injuries and disabilities.
From China Daily:
A farmer from Zitong country in Sichuan province who used another man's personal information to get married some nine years ago learned only last Thursday that his marriage to his wife was illegal. The farmer, surnamed Yin, said he married his wife on Sept 18, 2000 using the personal information of his wife's cousin because he had not reached the legal age for marriage. Last week, Yin visited a local court to seek divorce when he was told not to bother, as his marriage was anyway invalid.
A lawyer taken aback by a restaurant near Sichuan University offering 8.8-percent discounts to students and teachers filed a lawsuit against it, allegedly the first of its kind in the country.
Researched by Marvin Tan