Chengdu resident and concerned global citizen Li Liangzheng was watching media coverage of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill when he figured out the reason that previous attempts to stop the spill have failed. After a few days of work, he devised a method of his own. Wanting to share the technique with the U.S. government, he took the straightforward course of sending the details to the official White House email address. Lo, just five days later, he received a heartfelt response signed by Barack Obama himself. Li was overjoyed that his voice had been heard, and Chinese media reported approvingly on the U.S. government's accessibility to common people around the world. Just one problem: the reply with Obama's name at the bottom is clearly a form letter.
The same company that renamed the Chinese gooseberry the kiwifruit 51 years ago has done it again. This time, Turners & Growers is bringing the ENZARed™, the world's first commercialized variety of red kiwifruit, to the global market. The company has already been growi ng the fruit with the name that sounds like a deodorant in several countries for the past few years, including China, with one project in nearby Dujiangyan. Turners & Growers says its ultimate goal is producing enough red kiwifruits in both hemispheres to create an unbroken, year-round supply. [image credit]
It was two years ago yesterday in Pengzhou that Zhu Jianqiang (猪坚强) was rescued from rubble created by the 2008 earthquake. After surviving 36 days on rainwater and charcoal, he was found at a mere third of his normal weight. Shortly after the owners of "strong-willed pig" (yes, he is a pig) rescued him, however, quake-related expenses forced them to sell him to the Jianchuan Museum Cluster. Since then, the pig has been treated like a king at the museum. Yesterday, Zhu's former owners were driven—along with the soldiers who rescued him—to the museum to take part in his second "rebirthday," including a giant cake made out of corn.
Famous artist and architect Ai Weiwei is erecting a monument to the victims of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake...in Austria. The monument, a four-ton rock from Sichuan that was dislodged by the quake, will be placed near the top of a nearly 3,000 meter peak near the town of Ramsau. It arrived on Monday, and will be flown to the display site by helicopter next week.
This week marked the opening ceremony of the Qatar Airways Hope School in Guangyuan, a town in northern Sichuan where 5,000 people died during the 2008 earthquake. The school will house 500 students.