All the top stories from the past 7 days: An open rebellion in Wukan, glowing meat in Beijing, and Batman routed by Chinese police.
- Updates from Wukan, the fishing village staging open rebellion: The top story on China this week was also the top story on Shanghaiist. Enraged over government land grabs, villagers have now overrun local authorities and driven police out. They remain barricaded within their village, roadblocks set up by both police and villagers preventing food and water from entering.
- More glowing meat found near Beijing: A man living in Tongzhou District in Beijing said after purchasing a chunk of meat from a local vegetable market, he later discovered that it was glowing blue in the dark!
- Batman star Christian Bale roughed up by police while attempting to visit activist Chen Guangcheng: While in Beijing promoting his newest film, Batman star Christian Bale was pushed around and chased away by the team of undercover policemen when he attempted to visit a blind activist’s village. Many people assumed Bale did it to stymie accusations of supporting CCP propaganda, while others accused Bale of seeking to promote himself and his movie.
- China trumps France in Beijing wine tasting: A panel of Chinese and French wine judges has ruled a Chinese wine superior to Bordeaux in a blind taste test held in Beijing! However, naysayers claim that the Chinese wine was matched against 2nd tier French wine.
- Weibo Report: Popular slang/memes of 2011: 2011 is drawing to a close and we worked hard to source and translate all the top internet memes floating around Weibo this year!
- PLA soldiers in Tianjin Railway Station liberate waiting passengers from their seats: Netizens reacted strongly this week to four pictures showing PLA soldiers occupying a large section of the Tianjin Train Station (including numerous empty seats), arguing that soldiers should serve the people and not be “seat hoggers.”
- In photos this week, Shanghaiist took a look at a river in Luoyang that turned bright red from illegal dumping, Chongqing Zoo’s newest OMG SO CUTE baby panda, South Korean protesters outside of China’s Seoul embassy, an endless convoy of coal trucks in Shaanxi, and a memorial service for those who perished in the Nanjing massacre.