Shunde City, Guangdong Province: Ever Wondered What Being in Space Feels Like?


Ever wondered what being in space feels like? Well, in the wake of October’s launch of China’s Shenzhou-11 spacecraft, a theme park in Shunde City, Guangdong Province has given visitors the chance to experience the sensation of weightlessness. Tourists put on spacesuits before riding a capsule attached to cables. Read the rest of this entry »

Jailed Dissident Yang Maodong Finally Allowed Access to Lawyer



Buckley reports from China for The New York Times that writer and activist Yang Maodong has finally been allowed access to a lawyer, three months after his detention and two after his formal arrest.

Yang Maodong, a writer and businessman better known by his pen name, Guo Feixiong, was detained by the police in Guangzhou, in Guangdong Province, in early August on allegations of “assembling a crowd to disrupt order in a public place.” He is one of several well-known rights advocates held on similar accusations after participating in grass-roots campaigns pressing the Communist Party for stronger legal and political rights. Read the rest of this entry »

‘Please Release Him’: Chinese Paper Publishes Front-Page Plea for Detained Journalist

A woman reads the New Express newspaper that on October 23, 2013 carried a full-page editorial with headline "Please release our man", in a library in Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong province. AFP / Getty Images

A woman reads the New Express newspaper that on October 23, 2013 carried a full-page editorial with headline “Please release our man”, in a library in Guangzhou, south China’s Guangdong province. AFP / Getty 

Emily Rauhala reports: New Express has a message for China’s censors: We may be small, but we have backbone.  On Wednesday the Guangzhou-based newspaper published a front-page call for the release of its reporter Chen Yongzhou. Chen was detained by police in Hunan province while investigating a state-linked firm. The three-character headline, ‘Please Release Him’ was printed in a large, bold font above the fold. Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post called it an “unprecedented” demand for press freedom. Read the rest of this entry »

U.S. Businessman Accused of Being Mob Boss in China

(BEIJING) —  reports: When more than 500 policemen swooped in to arrest 40 suspected gangsters in southern China last year, the alleged kingpin was a Los Angeles businessman who had hoisted an U.S. flag amid a crowd to welcome Xi Jinping, now China’s president, to California.

Location of Guangzhou in the province

Location of Guangzhou in the province

Vincent Wu’s children and lawyers say he’s an upstanding, philanthropic Chinese-American entrepreneur who has been framed by business foes who want to seize his assets, including a nine-story shopping mall. But police in the southern city of Guangzhou say he was a ruthless mob boss who led gangsters with nicknames such as “Old Crab” and “Ferocious Mouth.”

Wu is expected to stand trial within weeks in Guangzhou on charges of heading a crime gang that kidnapped rivals, threw acid at a judge, set fire to farmers’ sheds, operated illegal gambling dens and committed other offenses. Wu has told his lawyers that police interrogators tortured him into confessing.

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Best boyfriend ever turns himself into a chair for tired girlfriend


While I’m sure this photo, taken on a Guangzhou metro platform, will elicit cries of ‘whipped’ or ‘friend zone’, I’m choosing to view this as a sweet demonstration of one guy’s love for his girlfriend, who was clearly super tired and… needed to check her phone.

Shanghaiist [via: Netease, China Smack]

China’s Guangzhou to empty labour camps ‘by year end’

China's labour camps were set up in the 1950s

China’s labour camps were set up in the 1950s

The last 100 inmates are to be released from labour camps in one of China’s biggest cities, Guangzhou, by the end of the year, state media report. The city stopped sending new prisoners to the controversial camps in March. The police can send suspects for re-education for up to four years without a trial. China’s leaders have said they intend to reform the nationwide system – but labour camps still operate across most of the country. Read the rest of this entry »