When the Chengdu Museum opens, it will be the largest museum in Southwest China. The groundbreaking ceremony was held on the December 16 for the 65,000-square-meter, free-admission museum located on the west side of Tianfu Square. It will house 200,000 cultural artifacts and is expected to take around two-and-a-half years to complete.
The State Council Legislative Affairs Office has stated that it is reviewing the current regulation on forcible housing demolitions, which recently led to the self-immolation of one citizen of Chengdu, and more recently, a man in Beijing. The statement comes after a meeting in Beijing between the deputy director of the office and nine law professors.
The president and deputy president of the Chengdu Blades football team have been arrested for allegedly bribing the manager of the Qingdao team to throw the Chinese second division match in 2007. The Qingdao manager was also arrested.
The China Tobacco Company, which funded the opening of the Sichuan Tobacco Project Hope Primary School after the 2008 earthquake, was found to be marketing tobacco to children. Advertising banners took advantage of the fact that the word "Tobacco" appears in the name of the school to sidestep regulations against advertisements targeting children. The China Tobacco Company's Project Hope has funded 69 other schools across China.
A man was sentenced to life in prison for transporting methamphetamine from Jiangyou, Sichuan, to Shandong by hiding the drugs inside sausages. An accomplice was given three years.
Compiled by Isaac Myers