All photos from our featured photos of the day. You can see all of them here.a 6.9 strong earthquake rocked Yushu, Qinghai killing 2698 people and injuring over 12,000, mostly of Tibetan descent. Though the government response was quick and media coverage robust, reporting outlets still shied away from showing school buildings that had collapsed, fearing it would reopen the scars of Sichuan in 2008. A week later, a national day of mourning was held to remember the victims of the quake – entertainment was halted for 24 hrs and newspapers and major websites went monochrome.
Locally, the day we’d all been waiting for finally arrived. The Shanghai Expo 2010 opened to much fanfare and we checked out how easy it was to buy tickets on the phone and
Shanghaiist also visited the local zoo but what we found wasn’t pretty. We saw some animals caged up pretty horribly or forced to perform circus tricks. However, the worst had to be the visitors who teased the animals and threw things into the enclosures. We actually went back there just this weekend, but 7 months has shown no progress at the zoo. Better City, Better Life? Not so for Shanghai’s critters.
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Talk about bad blood – 12 people in Hubei contracted HIV after hospitals unknowingly used blood transfusions originating from China’s growing illegal blood market and though most of the country was not paying much attention to the H1N1 virus, we recorded 7 deaths from the influenza.
It wasn’t that happy on other fronts either. We witnessed the darker side of China’s legal system when three Fujian bloggers were thrown into jail for writing about the gang rape of Yan Xiaoling. The bloggers had filmed an interview with Yan’s mother who said that it was the police who raped and murdered her daughter and the three were then convicted for “slander.”
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- We put in our two cents about scenic water canal town, Zhujiajiao, which sits just 30km outside of Shanghai.
- Loads of F&B news this month – there was no shortage of novel feasting options as Downstairs, Avalon, Apartment, Lind and Egghead Bagels swung open their doors.There was literally something for everyone- if you liked to nibble on things, you could head to Las Tapas and if you prefer to chow down a hearty meal (as in 2-kilo beef burger large), there was Yasmines.
- Bar Rouge and Windows Scoreboard came back after a short hiatus and hello, Rhumerie Bounty!
- We gave Dr. Wine a check up
- We also tried to make sense of nightlife newcomer Obama club with it’s massive dancefloor and subtle Vegas stylings
- A Brit woman was stricken with a terrible migraine and can now only speak Chinglish – rearry?
- A Chinese billionaire leaves out his children in will, donates entire fortune to charity
- Lang Lang plays ‘Flight of the Bumblebee’ on the iPad
- Someone’s been sending out pro-Falungong messages on renminbi notes
- This time lapse video of the Silk Road will take your breath away