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Parents sue company after kids drown in Yunnan reservoir, company countersues for 'corpse pollution fee'

Five students drowned recently while swimming at a Yunnan reservoir. The grieving parents of two brothers who died have sued the management company for causing the death of their kids, but now found themselves being sued as well. [ more › ]

Picture China: Tianjin Explosion, Ethnic Games, World War II Museum

Recent China news in pictures: The Tianjin explosion, China's Ethnic Games and a World War II museum in Yunnan.

Tightrope walker performs death-defying stunts with no safety gear

Aisikaier Wubulikasimu is a 42-year-old Chinese professional tightrope walker who has taken death-defying walks twice a day for the past five years in a theme park located near Kunming in southern China's Yunnan province. He says, "Since I started tightrope walking as a child I haven't worn any safety equipment. Show More Summary

Wednesday assorted links

1. Interview with me in Italian. 2. The eighteen oddities of Yunnan. 3. Chinese Straussians check the water meter.  Recommended.  And another China story. 4. A private police force in New Orleans. 5. Slide show on D.C. economic growth — not as good as you might think. 6. Robert Conquest has passed away.

Look: Hungry wolf wanders into Yunnan village, ends up as dinner

last monthChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

Residents in Sayingpan town, Yunnan province this Monday captured, skinned, cooked and devoured a wolf that made the mistake of entering their village to hunt for chickens. [ more › ]

Kunming man tries selling 100,000 RMB alpaca amid stock market woes

last monthChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

A middle-aged man who suffered losses in China's volatile stock market took to the streets of Kunming, Yunnan province yesterday in an attempt to auction off his beloved pet alpaca. [ more › ]

Yunnan man refuses to pay compensation after 4-year-old girl attacked by his dogs

last monthChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

A four-year-old girl in Kunming, Yunnan was attacked last Saturday by more than 10 dogs after she left her home on her own to play about in the neighborhood. The dog owner is now refusing to compensate the badly-injured girl, claiming that he had previously warned the family about the dogs. [ more › ]

Watch: Kunming cellphone thief tries to make getaway through bus window, fails horribly

last monthChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

A man who was caught red-handed stealing a student's cellphone at a bus stop in Kunming, Yunnan province attempted a brazen getaway by crawling through the window of a bus. Ultimately, it ended in laughable failure. [ more › ]

Yunnan notes

In the summer, up to half of a multi-course meal may consist of mushrooms, the best I have had.  Fried goat cheese is served, and the ham exceeds that of Spain in quality.  I had not thought that buckwheat flour pizza, dipped in fresh honey, would be a staple in Chinese food.  There is also […]

Watch: Military trainee saved by instructor after live grenade slips out of his hand

2 months agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

A Yunnan army recruit who dropped a hand grenade during military training was saved by his quick-thinking instructor, who pulled him and another trainee into a foxhole before the thing exploded. No, you are not experiencing déjà vu, and yes, this has happen before. [ more › ]

Forget Stocks - China Is Trying To Centrally Plan Its Way Out Of Another Black Hole

Submitted by Simon Black via SovereignMan.com, It’s here in southwestern China’s postcard-perfect Yunnan province that the mighty Mekong River rises. From its source in a nearby mountain range, the river proceeds south, cutting its way across Southeast Asia’s fertile lands through Burma, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia. Show More Summary

LOOK: Over 670 tonnes of 4-decade-old smuggled meat destroyed in Yunnan

2 months agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

Over 670 tonnes of smuggled meat up to four decades old was publicly destroyed yesterday in a refuse processing plant in Hekou, Yunnan province. Police and fire fighters poured several barrels of gasoline over the frozen meat, lit it up and watched as 13 million yuan worth of expired pig's feet and beef burned to ashes. [ more › ]

Look: Algae invasion turns Yunnan lake water bright green

2 months agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

A massive swath of blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria, was seen yesterday in Kunming's Dian Lake. Covering the west side of a river bank near Haigeng Park, the infestation appeared to have dyed the water a vivid shade of bright green. The algae bloom proved to be toxic to fish, as some were photographed floating dead in the water's surface. [ more › ]

Man thought he was raising puppies, turns out they're bears

A man in China spent two years raising a pair of puppies — only to have the jarring realization that he was actually raising two bears Yunnan resident Wang Kayui bought two "puppies" from a mysterious Vietnamese strangers a few years ago. Show More Summary

Yunnan man keeps dogs for 2 years before realizing they're black bears

2 months agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

A man in Yunnan recently discovered that he'd been raising two Asian black bears for the past two years under the impression that they were dogs. Asian black bears, mind, are listed as a class II protected species and are most certainly not dogs. [ more › ]

Police in Yunnan arrest 18 men involved in trafficking Vietnamese brides

2 months agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

Seven human traffickers along with eleven men who attempted to purchase Vietnamese brides were arrested by police in Kunming earlier this month. [ more › ]

Pu Er to the People: Part 2

3 months agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

The people who grow and enjoy this tea in Yunnan are not obsessed with its age the same way that people in Southern China or the West are.  They generally drink tea that is one or two years old and are much more concerned with the altitude, provenance, and age … Continue reading ? The post Pu Er to the People: Part 2 appeared first on T Ching.

Watch: 360º video captures zinc and lead pollution in Yunnan town

3 months agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

Greenpeace East Asia just released a pretty neat 360º video spanning a small Yunnan town in an ongoing investigation into the severe zinc and lead pollution caused by Asia's largest zinc-lead mine. [ more › ]

Xinjiang resident breaks world record for blindfolded tightrope crossing

4 months agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

A man from Xinjiang has smashed the Guinness World Record for the longest blindfolded tightrope crossing, walking backwards between two skyscrapers in Kunming, Yunnan province before a large crowd of spectators. [ more › ]

State Media in China Report 10 Arrests for Giant Panda Poaching, Organ Trafficking

4 months agoNews : Slate: The Slatest

Chinese officials have made 10 arrests following the killing and butchering of an endangered giant panda in the southwestern province of Yunnan, according to reports in Chinese state-run media outlets, illustrating the continued threat to the animal that has been a symbol of the Chinese culture for centuries. Show More Summary

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