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 2 of our most-read stories from April 13, 2009 to April 13, 2010. Click here for Part 1.
Top Stories of the Past Year
10. Mother Forces Daughters to Kneel on the Street for Sloppy Homework
A mother of two girls was unsatisified with her daughters' performance on their homework, so she sentenced them to roll up their pants and kneel on the concrete sidewalk in front of passersby in the dead of winter.
9. Longest Solar Eclipse of the Century to Pass Chengdu
The event of the century for eclipse enthusiasts happened last June. Although Chengdu was set to be a prime viewing spot for the eclipse, it was mostly a big fat disappointment when Chengdu's reliable cloud cover all but obscured the view. Oh well, we can hope, can't we?
8. Easy-chair Driver Enrages Passenger
After a deadly bus fire and a number of explosions to add to the general unpleasantness of riding Chengdu's almost-always sardine-packed buses, a passenger with a cell-phone camera snapped photos of his bus driver—operating the bus while reclined in an almost 180-degree position!
7. Chengdu Women Stop Traffic
A handful of young Chengdu women decided to put their legendary good looks toward a good cause and promote safe driving by handing out informative pamphlets in high-traffic areas, while donning little T-shirts and booty shorts.
6. University Students Pray to Pop Star
Very funny. Some pranksters decided to set up a shrine to iconic Chengdunese pop star and former Super Girl Li Yuchun in their student dormitory, further cementing the reputation of the '90s generation as having been led astray by commercialism and questionable values.
5. May 1 to 3: Zebra Music Festival
The self-proclaimed China's biggest music festival debuted in Chengdu last Labor Day Holiday, drawing bands from all over the country and even abroad. Don't miss it when it comes back through town this May.
4. Chengdu Traffic Gives Rise to New Profession: Taxi Chasing
Despite an annual increase in the number of taxis on Chengdu's roads, waiting times for empty taxis is also increasing. This led an entrepreneurial-minded "chubby figure" an idea: Why not chase down cabs for waiting passengers in the city's busiest areas? When there's demand ...
3. How to Get and Use Your Panda Card
Last year the Chengdu Tourism Bureau announced it was going to thank everybody who donated to and volunteered in earthquake-relief efforts by issuing one million Panda Gold Cards to foreigners and Chinese from outside Sichuan. Meant to boost tourism in Sichuan as well, the gold cards enabled holders free entrance to 13 of Sichuan's tourist destinations through the end of the year. It's been recently announced that the tourism bureau is issuing them again.
2. The Most Handsome Trash Digger
Those witty writers over at Shanghaiist dubbed him the "Trashanova"; when a passerby happened to see a young, good-looking man donning white gloves and digging through rubbish bins for bottles, he took a quick snap with his cell-phone camera, posted it online, and all the girls swooned ... .
1. Mystery Beast Caught in Sichuan
Honestly, we're not sure why, but this hairless beast that looks like a cross between a badger, a dog, and a kangaroo, has captured the world's attention. Scientists say they don't know what it is, and the English-language press have labeled it an "Oriental Yeti," or the "Chinese Chupacabra." What is it? Who knows. We're more interested in knowing why everyone's so worked up about it.
Stay tuned for more fun posts this week looking back over the past year!
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