All photos from our featured photos of the day. You can see all of them here.
August brought the announcement that China is officially the world’s second largest economy, surpassing Germany and Japan. We found out that they lead in a few other exciting realms as well, namely space junk and plastic surgery (may have something to do with the born-again-virgin surgery craze…). We finally heard Jackie Chan comment on the cancer-causing allegations against Bawang International shampoos, one (out of about a bazillion) of the products he endorses. Among other things, he said the claims were unproven and seemed sad so many people don’t like him. As China’s Got Talent got up and going, we were surprised at the quality of contestants and impressed with the optimistic armless piano-player (and future winner) Liu Wei. Speaking of Chinese TV show remakes, we finally caught a glimpse of the Chinese version of High School Musical, and heard we’re in for plenty more like it: The Office and Gossip Girl are both slated for Chinese remakes.
As far as Shanghai goes, August brought us scalding temperatures, terrible traffic (maybe we really should build the “straddling bus”) and the happy news that our receipts are full of toxins and our pools are full of pee.
Shanghai now has the highest minimum monthly wage in China (1,200RMB), but only made 20th place on Foreign Policy’s Global Cities Index. Chinese netizens informed us that 51% of housing sold in Shanghai sits vacant, lower than that of Beijing, but frustrating nonetheless. We found out that Shanghai mothers prefer breastfeeding, we cheered as Bao Zhengbin completed his 33-day, 1200km swim to Expo, and wondered if Dior’s “Shanghai Dreamers” campaign is racist.
The Big Stories From Around China
Yet another disaster rocked China on August 9, when a landslide in Gansu province wiped out numerous villages and killed more than 1,400 people. Rescuers were quick to the scene but struggled to cope with 1.8 million cubic meters of mud and debris. While the 90mm of rainfall can be blamed for initiating the landslide, it once again it appears the disaster was both man-made and predictable. A report released by Tibetan poet and writer Tsering Woeser blames excessive deforestation, mining and topsoil erosion for putting the entire area at risk, siting in one case a university report made four years ago labeling the area a volatile danger-zone. One more foreseeable disaster that could have been, if not avoided, at least prepared for.
Check THIS Out
- We featured Ever-Spring Hall in a photo gallery in August (see below) and were saddened to see its roof fall victim to one of Shanghai’s summer rainstorms. Good news is, the damage may prompt renovations.
- Check out what we think of restaurant proprietor Cotton Ding’s take on her hometown cuisine at Hunan House.
- Shanghai Nightmare: a trip through Shanghai’s only haunted house (the largest in the world!)
- Shiliupu Docks: three billion RMB’s worth of disappointment
- Do you have a VPN and Gchat? Turns out you can call any number in America or Canada for free!
- Ever wondered what you should do if you find a stray animal? Ask Shanghaiist’s got you covered!
- Remember those bloggers who were jailed for helping the mother of a rape victim? Watch Herzog Days, and hour-long documentary, for the full story.
- Take a look at what Shanghai’s Natural History Museum will look like when it’s finished in 2012.
- Wanna watch the world’s largest human domino chain ever take place in Inner Mongolia??
- Something we hope nobody tries again, ever, watch this idiot film himself jumping under a Shanghai metro train.
- Adorable: watch a couple on their 100-day anniversary kiss in front of every Expo pavilion.
Check out pictures of Ever-Spring Hall, a once-famous and now-disheveled piece of Shanghai history that used to rival Yu Gardens.