Nude bathhouse reopens
The Hongya Nude Bathhouse (洪雅裸体浴场) opened last week amid controversy after it was shut down seven years ago by local authorities.
Now it has the support of Yuping Mountain Scenic area's general manager Li Jun.
According to Xinhua, the bathing house's proprietors "wished to allow tourists the pleasure of intimate contact with nature."
Yuping Mountain Scenic Area is located in Hongya County's Mei Shan city (眉山市洪雅县玉屏山). Hongya County is southwest of Chengdu, between Ya'an and Le'Shan.
Quake-damaged Sanxing Dui relics get makeover
A team of experts has begun the process of restoring relics, some up to 3,000 years old, unearthed at the Sanxing Dui site. Fifty pottery pieces were damaged in the earthquake, and restoration is expected to be completed by the end of the month. Sanxing Dui is currently being considered for a place on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Bazhong bus drivers strike for reduced hours
None of the 100 buses in Bazhong's fleet made its usual 6:40 a.m. departure last Wednesday as drivers organized to protest long hours and low pay.
After the municipal government agreed to meet with drivers later that morning, the drivers resumed service by 7:30. Authorities promised to issue a statement by June 20. The drivers demanded a reduction of hours to their 13-hour workday and an increase to their RMB 1,500 to 1,800 monthly salary, as well as complete safety inspections of all the buses.
Bazhong, a city of 200,000, lies northeast of Chengdu, between Guangyuan and Dazhou.
More buzz about Tengzhong-Hummer deal
While Tengzhong has submitted its purchase plan for governmental review and says the Hummer deal will be closed by the third quarter of this year, reports that question Tengzhong's ability to pay the vehicle giant's bills are slowly creeping out, and the overall tone of this article is skeptical.
Bus fire provokes bus safety overhaul
In the aftermath of the bus fire earlier this month, buses citywide are undergoing a massive safety overhaul, which includes a guaranteed number of emergency exits, movable windows, the inclusion of seven security hammers, and an emergency button to manually open automatic doors. A fleet of 1,000 new buses will be deployed onto Chengdu's roads by September. In northern Shenyang, all buses are being equipped with fire extinguishers.
Chengdu to host first international solar energy fair
The Chengdu Municipal Government has commissioned a French solar-energy organization to stage the world's first international solar-energy fair from September 4 to 6 and a new energy fair on September 4 and 5. Sponsored by associations from China, Germany, Japan, and the U.N., the combined events are expected to attract around 10,000 visitors from 20 countries.
Sichuan mining tycoon saves woman in the Jinjiang River
An anonymous rescuer who dove into the waters of the Jinjiang River to save a woman who had fallen in turned out to be Sichuan Mining Company, Ltd.'s chairman Liu Yunxin. The incident happened June 12, near Wuhouci's boat building. Liu had been doing his morning exercises when he heard the woman's screams, dove in, and left the scene before anybody could identify him.