All photos from our featured photos of the day. You can see all of them here.
November began with the sound of six million census takers knocking on doors, counting for the first time migrant workers, foreigners and Hong Kongers along with the rest of the population. Chinese pressure on its allies mounted as the Nobel Prize ceremony drew closer, eventually resulting in 19 countries declining to attend. We saw Chinese violent evictions charted online via the Bloody Map project, and watched yet another assault on Chinese freedom of expression when courts sentenced this woman to a year in a labor camp for a tweet! (and a retweet at that…)
In Shanghai, we all breathed a collective and pollution-laden sigh of relief as the Expo finally drew to a close.
Watch some mesmerizing footage from the closing ceremonies (I can’t tell which of the acrobatic Haibaos in Part 10 are puppets and which are people!) and read the Shanghai Municipal Government’s sincere take on the enormous, resounding, glorious, world-class success that was our Expo. Although the subsequent dismemberment of Expo was censored from the Chinese media (just too painful?) we found this awesome collection of photos taken from behind the scenes.
Ai Weiwei was all over the news in November as his Shanghai studio was slated for demotion and all kinds of hoopla ensued. He was put under house arrest as he tried to organize a banquet for supporters, but hundreds showed up anyways to eat River Crabs and see the studio before it’s destruction. We were there with a camera.
The Big Stories From Around China
On November 15 a fire broke out in a Jing’An apartment building where renovations were currently underway. Flammable scaffolding and suspect construction contracting resulted in a fire that engulfed the building so rapidly that over a thousand firefighters on scene could do little to contain it. 58 people lost their lives and hundreds lost their homes in a tragedy that has led to a government overhaul of fire safety infrastructure and a public outcry to stop illegal subcontracting. Thousands (some reports say hundreds of thousands) gathered to pay tribute outside the building during the following weeks, filling the surrounding streets with flowers. Our hearts go out to those who lost their homes and loved ones. See more coverage of the fire here.
The Wikileaks phenomenon, now termed ‘Cablegate’ by many, took the international community by storm on November 29, releasing leaked US diplomatic cables revealing oh-so-many juicy details about just about everything international news junkies like to talk about. We kept you up to date on the deets concerning China. Check out all of our Wikileaks coverage here.
Check THIS Out
- Head to north Jing’An and check out The Warehouse Cafe for a 10RMB espresso
- We kicked off our “Sip or Skip” series covering Shanghai’s ladies nights – see them all here
- We gorged ourselves on Xiaolongbao for an entire week in order to determine the best XLB places in Shanghai. Check out all our reviews!
- Watch Next Media’s parody of that American scare-ad that came out back in October
- Obama the blow up sex doll
- Watch a helmet cam video taken from Shanghai Alleycat winner Ed Cork
- Next Media does it again with this hilarious Sino-US currency rap battle
- Take a look at the world’s tweets, and let us know if you figure out how tweets are getting out of China
- Cool infographic by the Economist on China’s growing inland cities
- We liked these personifications of China’s major social network users
We visited Christina Shmigel’s fascinating exhibit called Cabinet of Curiosities before she took of for a show in America. Also, take a look at these amazing photos of a disappearing China taken in Hunan by photographer Ouyang Xingkai.