Society & Culture
If you wanted to see people dressed up with pointy ears, dyed hair, and colorful, anime-inspired costumes the Saturday before last, you should have gone to the "Coser Star Ceremony" cosplay contest in Chengdu Happy Valley. The contest was the first of three events in this year's Chengdu Happy Valley Fashion Culture Festival, which extends to mid-June. The following two events are the "International Street Dance Tournament" and the "Extreme Sports Competition."
A Sumo show highlighted the first Chengdu International Cherry Blossom Festival at Fenghuang Lake International Ecological Wetland Tourist Resort (FLIEWTR) in Qiangbaijiang District last weekend. The festival, which will continue until this coming Sunday, counted almost 200,000 visitors in one day.
To mark the third World Autism Day, autistic Ding Ziyin held a piano recital for other autistic children in Jinsha Theater last Friday.
The annual Dujiangyan water-releasing ceremony, which hasn't been held since before the 2008 earthquake, finally happened again on Tomb-Sweeping Day last week.
A graduate student at the University of Electronic Science and Technology (电子科大) waited at a bus stop for almost two hours without seeing a single bus go by on the Thursday before last. Then he discovered that the bus stop was only "decorative". April Fools'!
Lai Xiaogang, driver of Chengdu bus route 78, has given umbrellas to his umbrella-less riders on rainy days for the past two years. When one rider named Aiqing received such an umbrella, she almost fell in love with Lai—until she saw him provide the same service to an old man the next time she rode Lai's bus.
We all know that it is a tradition in China to choose an auspicious day for weddings or funerals. Recently, a Mr. Guo put an original spin on this practice by choosing an auspicious day for his hemorrhoidectomy. His doctor and nurse were shocked, but the surgery was successful.
A mouse hunting dog named Wangcai recently set a record by catching 20 mice in one hour. As a result of her prowess, finding a mouse around Wangcai's home base of Baihua Dong Street in Wuhou District has become difficult.
To start off this flammable week, the Tianzuo underground mall in Yanshikou caught on fire on the evening of the Saturday before last, blocking traffic for an hour
The next day, an indoor shopping mall on Fuqing Road spontaneously ignited. Police are still trying to determine the cause.
Apparently the god of fire was still not satisfied, because two days later the Auto Parts Center in Wenjiang District's Haohan Road caught on fire and burned for four hours. The district's largest fire in recent years caused millions of RMB in damages.
On the same day, a truck driver displayed an innovative strategy for avoiding highway tolls when he pointed a gun at Mr. Zhu, a tollbooth operator at the High-Speed Ring Road Beixin toll station.
Passersby watched as one trash digger stabbed another to death amid a fight in the middle of Yushuang Road last Friday.
A woman was hit and killed by a train in Sandaokou near Fenghuang Shan a week before Sunday. The woman's identity is still unknown.
Compiled by Marvin Tan
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