- Jay-Z (with Beyonce in tow) — Shanghai, Hongkou Stadium, October 23.
- The Beijing Pop Festival, which starts on September 9th, will feature bands such as Placebo, Supergrass, and Sebastian Bach, former lead singer of Skid Row.
- Check out some photographs from the parched Chongqing region.
- Sport apparel brand Champion is going to enter the Chinese market.
- Boondoggle is spelled m-a-g-l-e-v: losses this year have reached 440 million yuan. But it’s a great way to show the world how modern and high-tech Shanghai is.
- “Honeymoon Baomus” (蜜月保姆) are becoming popular among newlyweds in Shanghai. They teach young couples how to cook and clean (things they might not have learned well living with their parents). They even try to mediate when young couples get into arguments. Cost? 1500-2500 a month, or 20 RMB an hour.
- Traditional Chinese attire, or hanfu making a comeback:
The revival of hanfu reflects a search for a new fashion but it is also an effort by some Han people to find their cultural roots and identity.
“The Japanese have the kimono and the Koreans also have their traditional.clothing. But not the Han people, although they represent the largest of China’s 56 ethnic groups,” said Liu, who actively promotes cuture.
- Boy gains a dozen ex-wives via internet; hen electrocuted, causes blackout; elderly woman is actually elderly man; Scorpions in baggage scare airport security — more weird shit than you can shake a stick at.
- There are still North Korean refugees trying desperately to escape the Dear Leader via China.
- Chinese philosopher Li Ming claims that he solved the famous four color theorem problem in mathematics (a proof of which came out in 1977) using the ideas of Laozi and German philosopher Immanuel Kant. Fang Zhouzi called him out on this, saying that if he had a proof that he ought to publish it in an academic journal. Li replied that he was willing to wage his life on this proof — he said that the loser of this debate ought to commit suicide. Sounds like a smart guy.
- A bishop from China’s underground Catholic church was released after spending ten years in prison.
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