Construction & Development
Once the East Railway Station is completed at the end of this year, the North Railway Station will be torn down and reconstructed as a "multifunction transportation center" twice the size of the original station. The RMB7 billion project is expected to take two years to complete. Meanwhile, the adjacent Lotus Market will also be demolished and re-imagined as the "new Chunxi Lu."
QinTai Road is undergoing its biggest redesign since opening. By the end of the month, in the words of the project's official statement, "the brand new night view of QinTai Road will light up Jinjiang River." The road's newest iteration is also supposed to be more energy-efficient.
Eleven High-Speed Roads will need to be repaired in Sichuan this year. To prevent the reparations from seriously aggravating already-bad traffic, a new toll system will be designed that doesn't require vehicles to stop. How this will work remains unknown.
Yibin recently announced plans to build electric car charging stations.
Society & Culture
An egret-themed photography exhibition opened on the bank of the Jinjiang River in Jiuyanqiao a week ago last Thursday. Song Guohuai, the photographer, said he hoped to raise the public's awareness of the egrets living on the Jinjiang River, with the goal of eventually establishing a nature protection area.
Yao Yulin has collected over 2,000 lanterns, at a cost of more than RMB600,000 since he started collecting in the 80s. The collection ranges from lanterns of the Neolithic Period to those used by the U.S. Army. Yao, now in his 50s, plans to eventually build a museum to house his collection. In the meantime, he is writing a book about "lantern culture."
The Jianchuan Museum is building a model of a house destroyed by the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake for the 2010 Shanghai Expo. The exhibit will also feature a wax model of a mother being buried as she tries to save her child and some artifacts taken from the quake-impacted areas.
Five earthquakes hit Sichuan within a six-hour period the Saturday before last, three of which were found to be aftershocks of the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake.
A quarry landslide buried five miners and nine excavator drivers the Wednesday before last in Emei Shan City's Ledu Town. Rescue operations began immediately, but only machine parts have been recovered.
Then, an explosion at a thermal power plant in Jintang's Huaikou Town killed two workers the Friday before last. The cause of the blast is still unknown.
To finish off a week of fatal accidents in the workplace, a construction site explosion in Shaxixian killed one and seriously injured another last week.
A motorcycle traveling the wrong way down Shisheng Road toward Chengren Road smashed into a cement truck on April 10. Seven were wounded in the accident, the cause of which is "under investigation." But we have our suspicions.
The Chengdu-Nanchong High-Speed Road was blocked for nearly eight hours last week by an accident involving a truck rollover that killed four and wounded two.
Zhang Mengyong from Anhui can't find a girlfriend, and he thinks his height might have something to do with it. At 2.26m—the same height as Yao Ming—the 25-year-old stands a full half-meter above both of his parents. His height also makes it difficult to do any jobs that involve cramming into cars or operating machinery. Zhang—who has even thought about getting surgery—is planning to spend a week in Chengdu looking for a girlfriend before moving on to Shanghai.
A young woman fell from her 7th floor balcony on Xiaolongqiao Road nine days ago after making a phone call. Her neighbor said she heard her talking on the phone, and then a thump outside.
Speaking of tragic and unexpected falls, an 18-year-old boy committed suicide by jumping from the 21st floor after his mother caught him copying a classmate's homework last Thursday.
Compiled by Marvin Tan