Chengdu will soon be home to a 6 million-square-meter furniture shopping mall and the world's largest used-car retail store (at almost 270,000 square meters). The furniture mall will be built in Xindu District in the north and will host about 3,000 companies. The used car store is supposed to open by the end of the year in Longquanyi District.
Last Tuesday, 26-year-old Chengdu native Zheng Jie became the first Chinese tennis player to reach the Australian Open semi-finals by beating Maria Kirilenko of Russia with a score of 6-1, 6-3.
Last Thursday in Le Shan City, eight people were killed and six others injured when a minibus swerved off the road and rolled into a river. Fourteen passengers were riding the minibus when it crashed—six more than the intended capacity.
A newborn baby was stolen from Wuhou District No. 5 People's Hospital in Chengdu last week when hospital staff neglected to double-check the identity of a woman claiming to be the baby's relative. The woman abducted the baby, who was born to a poor family in Yibin and adopted by a couple from Pengzhou, after paying its medical costs and saying that she would take the baby to see its dying grandfather.
"Inspection authorities" discovered pop singers Fang Ziyuan and Ying Youcan to have been lip-syncing at a recent concert in Chengdu. Last October, new regulations were put into effect under which lip-syncers may face fines of up to RMB10,000 and a lifetime ban from performing onstage.
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