When a 93-year-old Chengdu woman broke her leg last week, saving her life required surgery and extra blood. Due to her rare blood type, however, the hospital was unable to find a donor. That is, until the woman's roommate's daughter posted a blood request on her blog and got plenty of responses.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has officially authorized Chengdu as a UNESCO City of Gastronomy. Membership in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network is intended to give higher profiles internationally to creative cities around the world. As a member, Chengdu is apparently obligated to live up to its new title in some fashion, and Chengdu's Commerce Bureau has come up with a plan for how, over the next three years, it will do just that.
The first direct flight between Sichuan and Vietnam is scheduled to open this summer, the head of the provincial General Department of Tourism stated yesterday. Both Sichuan Airlines and Air China are supposed to offer the new Chengdu-Ho Chi Minh City route when it begins.
In another milestone for Chengdu aviation, Air China's anticipated first flight between the clammy city and Bangalore took off on February 27.
In case you missed it, the Chengdu Blades and Guangzhou GPC, two of the Chinese football teams involved in the previously reported bribery scandal, have lost their places in the Chinese Super League, according to an announcement two weeks ago by the Chinese Football Association. Two other teams, Hangzhou and Chongqing, are being promoted to take their place. And Qingdao Halifeng, a second-tier team that was also involved in the scandal, has been disqualified entirely.
Compiled by Isaac Myers
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