One man's scheme backfired when he was sentenced to death earlier this month. In 2007, after insuring his life for millions of RMB, the 45-year-old went to the Jinjiang District human-resources office, selected a jobseeker with similar physical features, brought him to a factory, killed him, and planted his own ID on the body, in an attempt to fake his own death and thus claim the insurance money.
An enraged bus passenger who forced his way to the driver's console in order to open the doors after the driver refused his request to be let off in between bus has pleaded guilty and expressed regret for his action. The incident took place in September of last year on an 825a bus heading from Shuangliu to Huayang.
After Mr. He found a mobile phone that someone had left behind in a snack bar, he informed the owner he would return it for RMB400. The phone's owner countered with RMB200—and then tracked down Mr. He, leaving him seriously injured.
Society and Culture
Liu Chang, 50, earns his living by making and selling straw sandals in popular tourist destination Jinli. Liu claims to be a descendant of the emperor Liu Bei, who made a living by weaving and selling straw sandals in his youth. Liu's claims to the aristocracy are a big draw for his customers.
A restaurant on Sanhuaishu Road has introduced a new, speedy service policy. Customers who don't receive their first dish within 10 minutes and the whole meal within 40 receive a free dish—and the chef or wait staff deemed responsible has the cost of the dish taken out of his or her wages.
Construction and Development
Chengdu was formally withdrawn from the coal-mining industry on the last day of 2009, when all 12 remaining coal mines were shut down. As to what to do with the abandoned mines? The government is considering converting them into training and research bases as well as educational sites that would be open to the public.
Chengdu Metro Corporation officially announced that Metro Line 1 is on schedule: Construction will be finished in March, debugging completed by June, and the line will be in use by October.
Chengdu city will build more than 160 high-tech taxi stands outside hospitals, shopping malls, and other high-traffic areas. These stands will display waiting times on LED screens as well as house public-service announcements and advertisements. This year, 1,000 vehicles will be added to the city's existing fleet for a total of 10,515 taxi cabs.
An environmental-impact assessment will be conducted on the under-construction second High-Speed Ring Road (aka the Fifth Ring Road). The road is under way to be opened by the end of 2012.
Chengdu Airlines' inaugural flight took off on January 22 at 9:30 a.m. and landed at its destination, Shenyang, at 2 p.m.
In line with the construction of the "Modern World Garden City" (世界现代田园城市)—no, don't ask—Chengdu will revise its urban planning to highlight four key elements considered fundamental in building a worldwide garden city with a modern approach. The elements are: mega-city, world-class city, modern city, and rural cities (don't ask us what that means, either).
Chengdu will officially become China's western financial center the year after next. In 2012, Chengdu will boast more than 200 various financial institutions, employing over 20 million in the financial industry. And Sichuan province's banking institutions will possess assets worth a total of 4.7 trillion yuan, 4.1 trillion yuan in deposits, and 2.6 trillion yuan in loans. In the meantime, the provincial government announced that last year's GDP grew to 11 percent, up 1.5 percent from last year's 9.5 percent.
Finally, 23 vegetable markets in the Jinjiang District are organizing with the aim of developing a brand that offers low prices by directly purchasing goods from surrounding vegetable growers.
Compiled by Chih Tseng