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Hong Kong Cancels CNY Fireworks Show To Mourn Bus Crash Victims

on 02/13/2018 - 10:27 am

Hong Kong’s Lunar New Year fireworks show, originally scheduled for this coming Saturday, has been called off out of respect for the victims of Hong Kong's deadliest traffic accident in more than a decade, the South China Morning Post reported yesterday.
As of last night, nineteen people were confirmed dead and 66 others injured from the accident that took place last Saturday when a KMB double-decker travelling from Sha Tin racecourse towards Tai Po suddenly swerved out of control and flipped on its side while making a turn near Tai Po Mei. Six people were still in hospital in critical condition on Monday evening. The 30-year-old bus driver has been charged with causing death ...

China Sentences Man to 5 1/2 Years in Prison for Selling VPN

on 12/22/2017 - 08:19 am

Wu Xiangyang has been sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison for selling a virtual private network (VPN) to bypass the Great Firewall, according to the South China Morning Post. The man, from Guangxi autonomous region in Southern China, is also reported to have been fined 500,000 RMB in Pingnan county for not having the proper licence for his VPN business.

Wu marketed his services on his own website, Taobao and other social media sites and is said to have brought in 792,638 RMB in revunue with 500,000 in "illegal" profits from his business; which ran from 2013 to June of this year.

Wu's fine and prison term is heftier than those given to Deng Jiewei, who was sentenced earlier this year to ...

Shenzhen Sidewalk Swallows Woman Whole

on 12/15/2017 - 07:01 pm

Ms. Zhao and her family were casually walking on the sidewalk at 10pm last Tuesday when the ground suddenly opened up beneath her. She had just finished shopping and was pushing her bicycle down the sidewalk when it suddenly collapsed. She fell neck deep with her bicycle into a roughly 2-meter  sinkhole that was flooding with water.

Zhao shouted for help, her relatives also immediately stopped passers-by for help. "At that time I was very scared, but fortunately I have a water pipe can rely on, or I really do not know what the consequences will be." Ms. Zhao said.

A passers-by found a pole she could grab onto to climb out. Another young man on the the scene offered her his clo ...

5 Important Fee Changes that Will Save You Money

on 11/20/2017 - 04:04 pm

The Chinese Government last month announced new preferential policies that have abolished certain fees that we've been paying. Depending how much you use services in China, these many bring substantial savings.

1. When buying train tickets for trains not departing from the local train station, there was a 5 rmb fee for each ticket, but since October 1st, this fee has been cancelled. Additionally, the tiered ticket refund policy has been adjusted so that if you need to refund a ticket up to 15 days before departure, you can get a full refund.

2. The State Council Executive Meeting on Oct 30 decided to abolish the business tax, which has been in force for over 60 years. Business tax is ...

Extended Maternity Leave - Effective Today - Now 178+ Days

on 11/12/2017 - 09:48 am

Relaxation of China's family planning policy was expected to provide a partial solution to the challenges faced by an aging population and become a driving economic force; however, the implementation of the "two-child policy", which took effect on January 1st, 2016, gave rise to many new questions.
To provide enforcement guidelines for dealing with these questions, Shenzhen lawmakers passed a significant provision on October 12th entitled "PROVISION OF SHENZHEN GOVERNMENT ON FAMILY PLANNING"; which will take effect today, November 12th, 2017.
One notable mention in this provision is that women can now enjoy at least 178 days for maternity leave! This, up from ...

China's 1st Bilingual English/Chinese Language Online Store

on 11/08/2017 - 05:36 pm

With just over half a million foreigners in China, about 0.05% of the population, it's no surprise that online shopping sites have made practically zero effort in catering their services to non-Chinese speakers. This, unfortunately, means that many expats here go without achieving some of the massive cost savings that most Chinese do when shopping online. Lucky, just before the biggest shopping day in the world, a new online shop has launched in China, bringing deals of up to 55% off to shoppers in both English and Chinese. 

MicroMart was founded in 2017 by Mr. VK. He has over 18 years of experience in online platforms and wanted to do something for both Expats and Locals living ...

China's Most Important Political Event Disrupts Life in Shenzhen

on 10/18/2017 - 11:15 am

Bars and restaurants throughout Shenzhen have been asked to close early, events like the Annual British Day Celebration have been postponed, and netizens continue to complain of greater than normal difficulties using the Internet, as the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China gets under way today in Beijing.

Expected to run for a week, the event will see a reshuffle of China’s top leadership and the setting of a new policy agenda for the next five years.

A total of 2,287 delegates will attend the 19th national congress, representing 89 million party members from 31 Chinese provinces, major state institutions, government agencies, the People's Liberation Army and ...

VIDEO: Plane Catches Fire at Hong Kong International Airport

on 10/09/2017 - 09:11 pm

UPDATED 10:20pm: A spokeswoman for the airline has now reported that it was a piece of loading equipment that caught fire while it was preparing to put cargo in the hold of the plane, the Washington Post reports. The container that was on the loading equipment also caught fire in the process, said Martha Thomas, a spokeswoman for the airline. She added that the airline was looking into the cause of the mechanical issue that triggered the fire.
Original article below
At around 5 o’clock this afternoon, American Airlines plane AA192 caught fire at the Hong Kong International Airport. According to Chinese newspaper Global Times, baggage handlers claim the fir ...

Police Raids Across Shenzhen Nab Multiple Foreigners

on 09/21/2017 - 01:56 pm

WeChat was abuzz yesterday September 20th with teachers across Shenzhen chattering about police raiding their schools. We confirmed with authorities and found that in fact multiple foreigners were held for inquiry yesterday in raids that took place throughout the city. 
One particular topic of chatter among teachers online was a warning from one person that he heard the raids would continue for 30 more days. We asked the authorities about this. They denied the 30 days rumor, stating "That's not true. There is no set 30 days. The raids will continue. They will happen at random times in different places throughout the city, and not just at schools. If you are currently working il ...

Double Typhoon Trouble for China this Week

on 09/12/2017 - 04:20 pm

UPDATE: As of September 14th, forecasts from the Shenzhen Meteorological Bureau, the Hong Kong Observatory, The Japan Meteorological Agency and Weather Underground all show both typhoons moving further away. In fact, weather forecasts for this weekend predict sunny days through the entire weekend. We'll update this post if anything changes.


Two back-to-back Typhoons will be hitting China this week. TALIM is expected to make landfall tomorrow, the next is expected Friday.

TYPHOON #1: Super Typhoon TALIMPotential Super Typhoon TALIM, with wind speeds as high as 131-155 mph (211-250 km/h), is expected to pass north of Taiwan Thursday and hit China near ...