This week GoChengdoo turns one year old! To celebrate we're doing a special series of posts looking back over the past year. Today we post Part 1 of our most-read stories from April 13, 2009 to April 13, 2010.
Top Stories of the Past Year
20. Bomb Drill Terrifies Students, Parents
Students panicked and tried to flee campus when alarms started going off. Parents heard about the commotion not long after but were blocked from accessing their children. They all thought it was a real bomb—seems authorities neglected to tell everyone that it was actually a bomb drill, in preparation for the 60th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China.
19. Enraged Family Members Cut off Daughter's Boyfriend's Ear
And you thought your family relations were bad: This father and uncle were so appalled at their daughter's choice of dates (too old, too divorced, and too scholarly) that they decided to take action. By assaulting the couple at their home and lobbing off the guy's ear.
18. Fuchsia Dunlop: Sichuan Cuisine's Ambassador to the West
Any English speaker who's into Sichuan cuisine knows who Fuchsia Dunlop is. The British food writer who studied Sichuan cooking in Chengdu back in the day tells GoChengdoo what she's all about.
17. Man Kills Driver, Attempts to Steal Taxi for Girlfriend's Birthday
What to do when you really want to impress your girlfriend, but you don't have the cash for diamonds? Flag down a black taxi, kill the driver, dump the body, and drive off into the sunset to collect your lady. Until you get caught, that is.
16. Hotpants-Wearing Drunk Driver Talks back to Police
During the several-months-long campaign to crack down on drunk driving in Chengdu, photos and video of this woman were widely circulated on the 'net as an example of what not to do when you're caught behind the wheel with a blood alcohol content over the limit.
15. Cycling through Chengdu for Change: Kim Nguyen
You may say that he's a dreamer, but he's not the only one: Australian Kim Nguyen cycled from his native land to Copenhagen in time for the climate conference, passing through Chengdu and inspiring people around the globe along the way.
14. Smiling, Saluting Policewoman Chengdu's Latest 'Net Sensation
The policewoman dubbed "Gentle Blade" knows how to deliver service with a smile. Young, pretty, and managing to maintain a smile while standing soaked in sweat in the middle of hot angry, summertime traffic jams, Gentle Blade was celebrated as a role model for law-enforcement officials.
13. Donuts, Donuts, Donuts: Where to Get Them in Chengdu
Sweet, chewy, airy, with just the right amount of frosting ... When self-proclaimed "donut" shops started opening en masse in Chengdu last year, our intrepid correspondent was on the scene to personally try each and every one. Too bad none really passed muster.
12. Bus Fire on Third Ring Road Leaves More than 20 Dead
When a public bus went up in flames last July, killing dozens and injuring even more, bus systems across the nation underwent serious safety upgrades. And thanks to the suicidal pyromaniac who caused it all, now every time we get on the bus, we're reminded to make sure that we're not bringing explosives aboard.
11. Sichuan Earthquake One Year Anniversary: Tianfu Square, May 12
Sichuan's largest tragedy in modern history struck a sad note with citizens across the country, and perhaps none more than in Chengdu, the province's capital city. We were at Tianfu Square during an unofficial and impromptu one-year anniversary mourning period to capture the moment in pictures and words.
Stay tuned for part 2 tomorrow, when we reveal the top 10 stories!