All photos from our featured photos of the day. You can see all of them here.
In September China got the iPad (and couldn’t get enough of it), and then started shooting a bunch of stuff into space. Meanwhile, the integrity of science continued to be upheld when those responsible for beating up our science cops were arrested. Other weird things included a beer-drinking deer, a boob contest and sharks on ice at Walmart.
Locally, we were all excited to be named China’s sexiest city and also to move up to 12th place among the world’s fashion cities (we beat out Rome and Tokyo.) That’s where most of the positive news ends, however, as we spend the rest of the month worrying about cat in our mutton, middle schoolers stabbing each other and exploding cigarette factories.
Our editor Elaine also took a look at the developments at Sinan Mansions, where she and many others lost a bit of their history to make way for “a Xintiandi for those too rich for Xintiandi.”
The Big Stories From Around China
When billionaires Bill Gates and Warren Buffet announced they were coming to China on their Billionaire’s Pledge campaign, nobody was sure if any of the Chinese would show up. There were plenty of arguments flying over the level of charity already practiced in China (although this graphic isn’t encouraging) and in the end 50 philanthropists and business leaders attended the dinner. Others in Beijing made the astute point that you don’t have to be a billionaire to be charitable.
And of course, September brought us rising tensions between China and Japan after a Chinese fisherman was arrested over scuffle among boats around the contested Diaoyu Islands. Some creative hackers cashed in on Chinese anger by hiding ad pages in anti-Japanese links on forums, and Next Media, as always, was ready with a video.
Check THIS Out
- If you’re a fan of Italian food, then Rosso Italiano might be a good reason to go check out the 1933 art/shopping complex in Hongkou
- We liked Kakadu’s all-you-can-eat-and-drink deal on Wednesday nights, where you can fill up on Australian cuisine and Stella for only 150RMB
- We found the leaked plot summaries for the Chinese version of The Office!
- Offensive Princess Dianna underwear ads
- Ever thought about fostering a pet in Shanghai, but weren’t sure you should? Ask Shanghaiist has the answers.
- Look at how much China gives (or doesn’t give) compared with the rest of the world
- Watch a short interview with Sidney Rittenberg, friend and translator to Mao Zedong, who was nevertheless imprisoned twice for a total of 16 years. His prescription for stability in China today? Protection for whistle-blowers and an opening of the press.
- Watch Jeremy Goldkorn of Danwei talk with Paul French, the guy who wrote Fat China: How Expanding Waistlines Will Change a Nation
Take a look at some beautiful abandoned buildings on Suzhou Creek, or check out a few of Sue Ann Tay’s photos from her excellent series “Construct, Demolish, Repeat: Building the Shanghai Dream”