- The Spring Festival migration has started in earnest, with an estimated 9.2 million railway passengers having already headed home this past weekend. Follow the latest on Xinhua’s new “Travel Rush” website.
- Little-known Chinese car manufacturer BYD has upped the ante in the electric car race with the world’s first production plug-in hybrid. The F3DM will be unveiled tomorrow at the International Motor Show in Detroit.
- Land disputes are again cropping up in China: villagers in Jilin are forming an independent farmers’ union to collect funds from appropriated lands, while the Economist reports on a potentially “revolutionary” land auction outside Beijing that turns out to be “little more than a typical story of a rural official trying to make money from land.” The apparent problem in the latter case is that some 50% of the farmers in the area can’t provide evidence of their land rights.
- “Police and paramilitary personnel using armoured vehicles and helicopters raided four illegal weapons factories in southwestern China, state media said…The hour-long, pre-dawn raid on Friday netted dozens of suspects and copied guns.” All told, 1000 police and paramilitary personnel took part in the raid.
- If you’re a fan of older ladies, you may want to head to Guizhou province, where a 107 year-old Chinese woman is looking for a husband. Worried that she’s becoming a burden to her (60 year-old) nephews and nieces, she has finally gotten over her fear of marriage and is hoping to marry a fellow centenarian.
- 91 websites have been closed in China’s latest internet crackdown on “vulgar” materials. The biggest name shut down? Bullog.cn, a blog-hosting site and home to several signees of the infamous ‘Charter 08’.
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