Getting beaten unconscious by a mob of farmers might not be the first thing one expects when furtively making off with a handful of strawberries. But that is what happened to 14-year-old Longlong and several classmates, who suffered a harsh form of mob justice after picking five strawberries the Sunday before last. After Longlong's parents found him and his partners in crime lying covered in blood, they called the police. When questioned, Ma Xiuling, the owner of the strawberries, claimed that it was her neighbors who had beaten up the boys. During the questioning, Lingling—who was present—covered his face with a quilt.
A sanitation worker cleaning Xin Guanhua Street West Section 2 was hit by a van and killed last Tuesday. Cars have killed 18 sanitation workers on 3rd Ring Road since it opened.
Construction & Development
Dujiangyan's public bicycle system launched last Thursday, and Shanghai Forever Bicycle Company Limited is planning to build a public bicycle production center in Dujiangyan with an investment of RMB 10 million. And in another move toward sustainable transportation, the road between the Chengdu-Dujiangyan Express railway station and Qingcheng Mountain will soon be equipped with 50 electric tourism vehicles.
Readers disappointed by Xindu's lack of gigantic shopping centers will be happy to hear that the little town north of Chengdu is getting a new RMB 300 million commercial square. The Binfen Shidai Guangchang, which will open in 2012, will include a supermarket, KTV, movie theater, and, of course, a KFC (aka "public bathroom").
Manitowoc Crane Group, one of the world's most respected crane and support service providers, is going to build a factory in Chengdu. Manitowoc burst onto the international crane and support scene in the 1940s when the U.S. Department of the Navy contracted it to build 28 submarines for WWII.
Volvo and Honda have announced plans to sell electric and hybrid cars in China. Honda said it would begin selling hybrid versions of already existent models such as the Insight by 2012; meanwhile, Volvo announced that it would sell a fully electric version of its compact C30.
Volvo, which Zhejiang Geely Holding Group acquired this year from Ford, is also bringing its China production base to Chengdu, according to a recent announcement.
Society & Culture
Following in the venerable footsteps of barber surgeons, pilot optometrists, and lumberjack veterinarians, Tao Ze from Ziyang has gained publicity as Chengdu's first security guard magician. After working as a security guard in Chengdu for five years, the 36-year-old started a gig as a magician and Sichuan opera actor just by chance, and fell in love with both. For the past two years, he has kept his job as a guard at night, and "sunlighted" as a magician/actor. Tao Ze is reportedly proficient in over one hundred magic tricks, as well as being a talented face-changer.
Most people who live in Chengdu aren't old enough to remember, but the city used to have a wall around it. With a history spanning over 300 years, the ancient wall survived a lot—only to be torn down by Mao Zedong in the late 1950s. However, some fragments were overlooked; one recently found piece is located at 78 Jinli West Road.
What is potentially the oldest pottery kiln ever found in the vicinity of Chengdu was recently uncovered on Xinjin's Muma Mountain. The kiln is estimated to be about 4,000 years old.
The China Telecom Servicing Hall on Renmin East Road is being torn down, and with it the oldest clock tower in Chengdu. The "First Clock of Chengdu," as local media describe it, was built in 1969, making it older than some people, but not others.
The current richest couple in Mainland China comprises two graduates of Sichuan University. Li Li (李锂) and Li Tan (李坦) together are worth a total of almost RMB 43 billion. But would they give us even a measly ten thou? Nooooo.
"Do you know when the Labor Law was enacted?" shouted the man holding a kitchen knife to his neck in the middle of the road in Majia Huayuan last Friday. The man, a real estate company employee, was "rescued" by police half an hour later, without getting an answer to his question.
Wang Jin, an employee at Pixian's Xingwang Gas Station, became the first man in Pixian, if not the world, to be put in administrative detention for smoking in a public place last Friday.
A 19-year-old thief cracked the password of a stolen credit card number after four months of trial and error. Fortunately for the owner, the thief was caught shortly afterward. Unfortunately, the thief turned out to be one of his friends.
A troupe of kindergarten students dressed up as newspaper boys and girls at Chunxi Lu last Saturday to raise donations for the Yushu earthquake disaster area.
Compiled by Marvin Tan