Helicopter view of the decadent Huaxi village.
All the top stories from the past 7 days:
- The top story this week on Sina Weibo, in China, and around the world was the tragic story of Wang Yue, also known as YueYue, a two year old girl from Foshan, Guangzhou who was run over by two vehicles and ignored by all but a scrap peddler.
- Shanghaiist followed the Yueyue story from its inception — keeping you informed when the media discovered Yueyue’s savior, a scrap peddler named Chen Xianmei, and questioning whether belief in God will turn us into good Samaritans.
- We then watched as public perception of Yueyue’s savior, Chen Xianmei, changed as she was accused of seeking fame and money, causing her to become overwhelmed by the media and attention and flee Foshan. Finally, we mourned along with the rest of China and the world when news was released that Yueyue passed away early Friday morning, October 21st.
- Not even one week after the Yueyue tragedy, a similar incident of a child being crushed by a heartless motorist was reported in Luzhou, Sichuan. Residents claim the driver crushed the child to death to avoid paying hospital fees.
- In lighter news, Shanghaiist personally visited Huaxi — internationally renowned as “China’s Richest Village” and a pinnacle of communist achievement — to witness their extravagant 50th anniversary celebrations and check out their newly completed skyscraper.
- We also took a close look at Zhang Xinyang, a 16-year-old mega nerd and China’s youngest ever PhD candidate. Zhang is famous not only for his brainy brawn but also for refusing to defend his master’s thesis until his parents agreed to buy him his own apartment!
- Shanghai news this week was the strange story of Shanghai police hunting down Occupy Wall Street instigators in China by going to bars (of all places!) and asking foreigners if they have any involvement!