A memorial to mourn the young victims of the Gansu minibus accident
All the top stories from the past 7 days: Putin wins the Confucius Peace Prize, workers strike in Guangdong, and alien structures in Western China? It’s less likely than you think.
- We were shocked when we heard who the won the Confucius Peace Prize this year. Not philanthropist Bill Gates, not former UN chief Kofi Annan, not Angela Merkel, but Vladimir Putin! Yes, the man known around the world for his dictatorial ways, forcible silencing of his critics, and for being the “Butcher of Chechnya”, is apparently considered a beacon of peace by the Confucius Peace Prize committee (who, by the way, are a group of professors from Tsinghua University, Peking University and Beijing Normal University).
- Many preschoolers were killed in an overcrowded minibus accident that happened on Wednesday in Gansu province, prompting China to reconsider its child transportation safety problems. The bus was designed to carry nine people, yet was filled with seven times that amount.
- Thousands of workers in Dongguan, Guangdong Province staged a massive strike against new regulations imposed by their factory management. At one point, protesters were said to have numbered over 10,000. Conflicts broke out between riot police and protesting workers as the police tried to prevent workers from approaching the government building. Dozens of workers reportedly suffered head wounds after they were beaten by riot police.
- Peter Foster of The Daily Telegraph broke a surprising story of a man who set himself on fire October 21 on Tiananmen Square, something that hasn’t happened in over a decade. The Beijing PSB has confirmed the incident, saying the man took the drastic action “because of discontent over the outcome of a civil litigation in a local court.”
- The big WTF story of the week surrounded a set of Google Maps images showing inexplicable structures located in far west China. The tinfoil hats came out in force with ridiculous theories that the Chinese were using the structures to communicate with aliens, but the truth is always more boring than fiction — their actual purpose is simple satellite
- The coolest picture we’ve seen in a long time, and the new desktop background flavor of the week. Though Shanghai’s fog will probably give you cancer, it makes the city look absolutely breathtaking when viewed from an airplane.